News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
The CAN DO Student Action Committee is inviting the community to come together and ring in the Christmas season as it hosts the 23rd annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Church and Green streets in Hazleton.
CAN DO Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship James Kelshaw presented the award during the 15th annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards Luncheon.
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee received a record number of items and monetary donations from throughout Greater Hazleton as part of the 11th annual drive to distribute care packages to military members with ties to Greater Hazleton that will be stationed abroad for the holidays. Several Freeland Elementary/Middle School sixth grade Builder’s Club students took time Tuesday to pack up the food, hygiene and entertainment items for delivery to CAN DO’s office. They will be combined with the other donations and transported to American Legion Home Post Association 473 in Freeland on November 5. Legion members will create the care packages and ship them to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
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.
State Representative Tarah Toohil, PPL Regional Affairs Director Alana Roberts and Pennsylvania CareerLink Luzerne County Administrator Christine Jensen were the featured speakers at the Humboldt Park Association meeting held Tuesday at McCann School of Business and Technology.
Toohil updated the audience on the latest news out of Harrisburg including where the legislature stands in its efforts to get a new state budget signed. She shared her thoughts on the effects the budget impasse is having on human services organizations and other entities that rely heavily on state funding for their operations.
The awards were presented to companies in the Humboldt, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks, Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held Sept. 17 at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.
Committee members kicked off the 11th annual “Operation: CAN DO” campaign earlier this month when they sent letters to area schools and businesses requesting goods or monetary donations. The students will use the items to create care packages to send to servicemen and servicewomen with ties to the Hazleton area who will be stationed abroad for the holidays.
More than 20 members attended the luncheon, information session and tour of some of CAN DO’s facilities. CAN DO President and CEO W. Kevin O’Donnell welcomed the new members and gave a detailed history of CAN DO’s founding, how it assisted Hazleton in rebounding from the loss of the coal industry and what helped it grow into the multifaceted economic development organization that it is today.