Technology Council President & CEO, Kelly Lewis, 41, continues to develop innovative projects to help the region's companies become technology leaders in their industries. He actively uses his can-do attitude and 2-3 Project Initiative to help leverage the resources and clout of the Technology Council in order to help member companies address specific projects, opportunities and issues. Under Lewis' leadership, the Council is leading efforts to help Pennsylvania become the top E-Government services provider in the nation.
Kelly began earning his rapidly growing reputation as a dynamic and respected Pennsylvania leader as Monroe County Controller, where he served from 1996-2000. In that capacity, Lewis oversaw annual operating budgets exceeding $100 million for the second-fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania. As county controller, Lewis initiated many cost-saving measures and financial system improvements that continue to benefit Monroe County taxpayers. In November 2000, Lewis ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and unseated an 18 year incumbent legislator in one of the biggest upsets in PA House history. After election to the PA House, Lewis quickly established a reputation for getting things done while building a strong support network for his constituents.
Rep. Lewis helped propel the school property tax and school funding issues from the biggest issues in Monroe County to the biggest issues in Pennsylvania. In 2002, Lewis helped lead efforts to get candidates for Governor to commit to fixing the school property tax system. Using a new innovation to build grass roots support, Lewis' legislation to eliminate school property taxes had over 300,000 Pennsylvanians sign-on as Citizen CoSponsors. To help his growing school districts, Lewis led very successful efforts for growth supplement funding within the state's education budget.
Lewis' legislation, Act 9 of 2001, helped make Pennsylvania a leader among the states in heart safety and the placement of heart defibrillators in schools and public buildings. Working with the Gregory Moyer Defibrillator Foundation and others, to date Lewis' legislation has placed more than 2,400 heart defibrillators in Pennsylvania schools and public buildings.
After the September 2001 terrorist attacks, Lewis established the Monroe County Victims' Relief Fund to help families impacted by the tragedy. Within weeks, over $177,000 was distributed to the Monroe County families that lost a loved one.