CAN DO announced it has promoted Mark Minnig to Director of Business Development. Prior to his promotion, Minnig has served as the organization’s Business Development Specialist since April of 2019. As the Director of Business Development, he will continue to play a critical roll within the CAN DO staff by serving as the business liaison throughout Greater Hazleton to both industries and small businesses. Additionally, Minnig will continue his role within the organization of economic development financing matters for CAN DO as well as its clients within the community.
Moving forward, Minnig will look to expand the organization’s business retention and expansion program, Engage!, through new initiatives such as CAN DO’s business newsletter, Dollars and Sense, and through his role as Secreatary of the Humboldt Park Association. Minnig will also play a key role in the pursuit of attracting new development to the Greater Hazleton area.
Minnig said, “The past year and a half has been both a challenge and a blessing. I’m very thankful to have the support of our Board of Directors, a great boss in President & CEO Joe Lettiere, our amazing staff at CAN DO, as well as all of our partners in the region. Without them, I’m not sure I would be where I am today.” Minnig continued “at CAN DO, our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Greater Hazleton Area through the creation and retention of a full range of employment opportunities and that is where my focus will continue to be as we move forward.”
CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere said, “With his extensive knowledge of economic development and dedicated experience working in the field at the government and community levels, Mark has served a vital role for us, particularly in the way he led CAN DO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an array of financing assistance to businesses and industries throughout Greater Hazleton and Luzerne County.”
Minnig received Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification in 2020 from the National Development Council (NDC), a nationally respected organization that offers community partners throughout the U.S. development assistance and professional training. He was also recently appointed as a member of the advocacy committee for the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA), where he will work with other committee members to address current and future economic development legislative initiatives. Minnig is also finisihing his Master of Arts in Public Administration from Pace University.