Westchester County’s rapidly growing healthcare sector was on the menu for discussion at the County Office of Economic Development’s Dinner & Dialogue event held this week at Manhattanville College.

The ongoing program, which kicked off this past summer, is an opportunity for business leaders to have a candid conversation with Westchester County Executive George Latimer in an intimate and casual setting. The program, which the County is doing in partnership with Manhattanville College, is being held every other month.

Attending the October 7 evening event were leaders from healthcare institutions including NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, White Plains Hospital, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital-Northwell Health, Cabrini of Westchester, The Jewish Home, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, St. Vincents Hospital Westchester, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Open Door Family Center, United Hebrew Home and Westchester Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Among the topics discussed were workforce development, transportation, senior services, growth of aging in place organizations and the County’s Local Development Corporation which provides financial incentives to not-for-profits.

“Healthcare is a major factor in the County’s economy, generating jobs and providing vital services to our communities. We are very pleased for the opportunity to have a dialogue with our County’s healthcare leaders to determine how we can work together to help them meet the challenges of our changing population,” said County Executive Latimer.

“We are pleased with the enthusiastic response we are getting from the business community to our Dinner and Dialogue events. The meeting with the healthcare organizations was very productive. They shared with the County Executive some of the key issues that are affecting how they serve their communities,” said Bridget Gibbons, Director of the County Office of Economic Development.