CAN DO, Inc., the economic development organization serving Greater Hazleton and beyond, announced updated interest rate options for Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) products and loans for the 2015 fourth quarter.
PIDA provides funding up to 50 percent of project costs for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs. PIDA loan applications can only be packaged, underwritten and submitted by Certified Economic Development Organizations such as CAN DO, which is authorized to provide these services in the Greater Hazleton and Luzerne County areas.
The new rates are in effect for loan applications received through December 31, 2015.
Valley Elementary/Middle School students in the Junior National Honor Society and Kiwanis International’s K-Kids service organization collected numerous boxes and bags of items for “Operation: CAN DO,” an annual project to collect food, entertainment and hygiene products for servicemen and servicewomen with ties to Greater Hazleton who are stationed abroad.
Those items will be added to donations from other schools, area businesses and individuals to create care packages that will be sent to troops in time for the holidays. All items will be delivered to the American Legion Home Post Association 473 in Freeland. Legion members will then make care packages and ship them to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. This is the 11th annual “Operation: CAN DO.”
CareerLink Luzerne County Administrator Christine Jensen recently spoke to members of the Humboldt Park Association about a variety of state and federally-funded employee training grants available to businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
During her presentation, Jensen highlighted several funding options the CareerLink staff can assist businesses in obtaining that will help them defray the costs associated with training new employees.
Located directly along the I-81 corridor in Northeast Pennsylvania and just minutes from I-80, Greater Hazleton offers an ideal location, just two hours to New York City and Philadelphia and within a day's drive of half the nation's population.