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News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.

CAN DO celebrates Christmas with community programs

CAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s economic development agency, has spent this Christmas season thinking of others through community outreach programs.christmas-events-operation-CANDO

One of those, Operation: CAN DO, was launched nine years ago as a way to make the holidays brighter for local servicemen and servicewomen serving in the military abroad. Members of CAN DO’s Student Action Committee, made up of local high school students who plan and assist with special community projects throughout the year, collect items from schools, individuals and businesses. The committee then delivers the thousands of food, personal care and entertainment items to the American Legion Post 473 in Freeland. The American Legion places the items into care packages that are then sent to the military members.


CAN DO appoints director of economic development and head of CAN BE

kelshaw-0169-lgJames C. Kelshaw has been appointed as CAN DO director of economic development, CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell announced.

As director of economic development, Kelshaw will oversee and plan CAN DO’s economic development initiatives and most importantly, procure funding for business clients and CAN DO infrastructure projects. He will also assume the operation of the Community Association for New Business Entrepreneurship (CAN BE), an entrepreneur development program at the Greater Hazleton Business Innovation Center in Valmont Park.


CAN DO names director of operations

kurtz-greg-webGregory Kurtz has been appointed as CAN DO director of operations, CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell announced.

As director of operations, Kurtz is responsible for the planning, management, administration and expediting of all building construction, land development and other technical projects. He will oversee the utilities and facilities divisions at CAN DO and serve as a liaison with project architects, engineers, contractors and municipal representatives.

Kurtz has 22 years of experience in facility management, project administration, manufacturing engineering support and construction management, including land development.


CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell to receive Boy Scout Anthracite District 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award

 The Anthracite District of Boy Scouts of America announced today that CAN DO President W. Kevin O’Donnell has been chosen as the group’s 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.Kevin O'Donnell

O’Donnell will be honored at the annual Hazleton Area Friends of Scouting Dinner on May 8. He will be recognized by Scouts, friends, family, business and community leaders for his achievements and service to the community and the area’s youth.

The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals who set a positive example for others and demonstrate selfless concern and care for their communities.

O’Donnell has been with CAN DO since 1973, when he was hired as assistant director. In 1984, he was named to the position of director, a title that in 1995 was changed to president.


Law firm moves into CAN DO building

The law firm of Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C. has moved into new downtown offices in CAN DO’s Renaissance Center at Broad and Church streets.lbec-group-cutting-web

The firm, the oldest existing law firm in Luzerne County, previously occupied the sixth floor of the Traders Bank building. It will now occupy approximately 3,500 square feet of office space on the third floor of the Renaissance Center.

“We wanted to stay downtown and remain a part of the Hazleton community. This office building gives us a very visible presence right in the heart of downtown Hazleton. And we are pleased to locate in a CAN DO building, having worked with CAN DO for many years,” said Attorney Robert Sensky, one of the partners in the firm. Sensky was also the attorney who assisted in the organization of the CAN DO Community Foundation. He presently serves on CAN DO’s board and finance committee and is legal counsel to the Greater Hazleton Clearinghouse Association, a group of banks with local offices that funded local development in CAN DO’s parks.


Road paving planned on Oak Ridge Road in Humboldt

A road closure will be in effect on a portion of Oak Ridge Road in Humboldt Industrial Park next week.

The closure, which will occur Monday, April 28, through Wednesday, April 30, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, will allow Oak Ridge Road to be milled and paved between Maplewood Drive and the new Cinnamon Oak Road approximately 1,000 feet to the west of the Maplewood Drive intersection.

Park employees are asked to use the western entrance of Oak Ridge Road off Route 924 to access industries located along Oak Ridge Road.

The project is weather dependent.

CAN DO President Kevin O'Donnell honored as Boy Scout Citizen of the Year

CAN DO President W. Kevin O’Donnell received the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award from the Anthracite District of Boy Scouts of America during the organization’s Hazleton Area Friends of Scouting Dinner on Thursday.

The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals who set a positive example for others and demonstrate selfless concern and care for their communities.


CAN DO student committee honored for supporting military

honor for Operation CAN DOIn 10 years, CAN DO has touched the lives of hundreds of servicemen and women from the Hazleton area who are serving in the military overseas. On Memorial Day, the economic development organization and its student committee were honored for their support of the military.

Each fall since 2005, CAN DO’s Student Action Committee holds Operation: CAN DO, a drive to collect food, personal hygiene and entertainment products for local military personnel. Items are collected at local schools and businesses, as well as at CAN DO’s office. CAN DO partners with the Freeland American Legion to execute this annual event, with the Legion receiving the items and shipping care packages to military members in time for the holidays.


CAN DO holds 58th annual dinner

officers-webCAN DO marked another year during its 58th annual dinner held Tuesday at Genetti Best Western Inn & Suites.

During last month’s annual meeting, the organization’s board of directors elected officers and at-large board members.

CAN DO officers approved for 2014-2015 include: Llewellyn F. Dryfoos III, chairman of the board of directors; Daniel C. Jorgensen, vice chairman; David M. McCarthy, vice chairman; William Magnotta, vice chairman; W. Kevin O’Donnell, president; Dr. John Madden, secretary; Patrick Ward, treasurer; Joseph F. Lettiere, vice president of sales and marketing; Nancy R. Stasko, assistant secretary; and Patricia Gendler, CPA, assistant secretary.


CAN DO planning Curb Appeal mixer

CAN DO is planning its annual Curb Appeal Awards mixer to honor industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.

The program, in its seventh year, presents awards to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks; Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held in September at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.


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