The State Wireless Association Program (SWAP) founded by WIA, promotes the wireless industry and raises technology awareness at the state and local level. Individual associations were created under the SWAP umbrella to develop a local presence for the wireless industry within the community. These various state groups are, according to Jonathan Adelstein, WIA President and CEO, “steadily becoming a powerhouse for state and municipal advocacy.”
The Pennsylvania Wireless Association is one of the more robust “SWAPs, with over 2,000 members from all sectors of the wireless industry. “Our goal,“ according to PWA President Chris Pleibel, “is to cultivate relationships between the various members of the industry and the local communities they serve to keep up the continued growth and development of our industry.”
The PWA operates as a not-for-profit corporation where its net proceeds from activities and events, after ordinary and necessary operating expenses, are then donated, as determined by the PWA Board of Directors, to charities and community organizations such as the Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hubble Foundation, Pittsburgh Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and others.
The more popular outings, according to Pleibel, are the golf events. PWA has two, with one for the Pittsburgh side of the state and the other for the Eastern Philadelphia side, plus the annual “Shoot.” Located at a golf course-like shooting range near Allentown, PA, the annual clay shoot gives experienced outdoorsmen/women and novices alike a chance at hitting clays in a variety of settings. The PWA also sponsors educational seminars across the state, most recently at the Penn State Campus in Happy Valley, PA.
“We feel it’s important to not just be a social networking group,” Pleibel said, “but a source of information and discussion on the issues facing the wireless community in Pennsylvania.” The next event coming up for the PWA is their October 5 Eastern Region golf outing in Huntingdon Valley, PA.
September 7, 2017