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Friday, April 22, 2016

DCED's Fischer Lepore Keynote Speaker at PA Route 6 Annual Meeting

The PA Route 6 Alliance has announced that Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism, and Film at the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), Carrie Fischer Lepore, will be the Keynote Speaker at their Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, Pa. The meeting will highlight the organization's second Management Action Plan which takes the Alliance into its next ten years as a designated State Heritage Area.

“We are excited to have Deputy Secretary Fischer Lepore as our speaker,” PA Route 6 Alliance executive Director Terri Dennison said. “Her commitment to the on-going progress of economic development and tourism within the State along with her charisma, make her and excellent speaker who we are fortunate to have join us on this special day.”

Fischer Lepore is responsible for marketing the entire commonwealth as a top tourism destination for both domestic and international travelers. In addition, she promotes DCED programs and incentives to encourage business attraction, relocation, and expansion in the state while also administering the Film Production Tax Credit, which provides incentives to film companies to base their productions in Pennsylvania. 

Fischer Lepore brings more than 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and tourism to the department. In 2003, she joined the Rendell Administration as the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at DCED. In her role, she developed award-winning tourism campaigns, promoted Pennsylvania as a travel destination to media outlets across the globe, and won the Society of American Travel Writers' Phoenix Award for encouraging the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. After serving under the Rendell Administration, Fischer Lepore served as the Director of Communications and Outreach for the PA 529 College Savings Program for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. Fischer Lepore returned to DCED in her current role under the Wolf Administration last year.

The Annual Meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th at the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club in Conneaut Lake and will include a period of networking with sponsors and exhibitors followed by the PA Route 6 Annual Business Meeting. Keynote speaker, Deputy Secretary of Marketing, Tourism, and Film, Carrie Fischer Lepore, will discuss the State's new branding campaign "Pursue Your Happiness," and other projects aimed at increasing travel and tourism in Pennsylvania.

The meeting will conclude with a ceremony awarding this year's "DO 6" Winners in the categories of: Heritage Partnership Award; Leadership Award; Heritage Community of the Year Award; Heritage Tourism Award; Artisan of the Year Award; and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The cost of the program, which includes a sit-down lunch is $30. Registrations are due by May 2nd. Registration forms can be downloaded from

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