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

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 2016 second 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 June 30, 2016.

yudichakvideoCAN DO President and CEO Kevin O'Donnell and Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Jim Kelshaw recently sat down with Senator John Yudichak for a candid discussion on economic development in Greater Hazleton for the Senator's Pennsylvania Report segment.

For the 14th consecutive year, aspiring entrepreneurs will have a chance to compete for a share of $100,000 in cash and in-kind business service through the 2016 Business Plan Competition facilitated by TecBridge. The competition is open to students from the 14 area colleges and universities as well as non-collegiate teams.

Registration opened at the beginning of February and runs through March 17. The deadline to submit final business plans is April 1. Interested applicants can visit for a registration form and complete competition rules.

Facilitated by TecBridge, the competition is endorsed by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges & Universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and regional businesses. CAN BE, the Community Association for New Business Entrepreneurship, has served as a sponsor of the competition for many years.

The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board (L/S WIB) helped 12 companies, including four in CAN DO, Inc.’s Humboldt and Valmont Industrial Parks in Greater Hazleton, obtain a combined total of more than $50,000 in grant money through two programs that provide reimbursement to companies that run employee training programs.

The L/S WIB assisted the businesses in applying for the Make it in America grant and the Walmart Foundation’s Transportation, Distribution and Logistics grant. Grant programs like Make it in America and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics are authorized by the L/S WIB and administered at the local level by one of three PA CareerLink centers across the two counties.

governor-wolf-webPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf  toured in the CAN DO Corporate Center on January 15 after it was announced earlier this month that the internet company would be reshoring 74 jobs from the Philippines to Drums, PA. The Governor spent time walking through the facility talking with customer support and web design employees and then held a press conference with media.

Humboldt Park Association members elected new officers during a meeting and facility tour at the American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center in the Humboldt Industrial Park.

Brian Poveromo, senior facility and maintenance manager at American Eagle Outfitters, was elected Humboldt Park Association president for 2016 and Chuck Cresap of Simmons Bedding Company was selected as vice president. Treasurer Tracy Karchner of Karchner Logistics and secretary Nancy Stasko of CAN DO will retain their current positions.

Internet services company (NASDAQ: WEB) has announced that it is bringing 74 customer support and technical support jobs back to the United States from the Philippines and has chosen the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums for its expansion.

The announcement came after months of talks between and the Governor’s Action Team, CAN DO and the PA CareerLink® Luzerne County. The collaboration between everyone involved and the universal support for the reshoring of these nearly 75 positions made this expansion in Drums possible.

RonCarterCAN DO, Inc., working together with its partners of the “Partnership for Regional Economic Performance” (PREP), including Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) and the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), came together recently to welcome Performance Biomedical LLC to the CAN BE Innovation Center and celebrate the five-year, multi-million dollar contract the company received from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Luzerne County ranked fifth in a listing of the best warehouse logistics locations in the United States for 2015. Industry magazine Material Handling & Logistics News compiled the list using statistics from a survey conducted by Headlight Data detailing the counties that added the most jobs between 2013 and 2014.

thumb CAN DO Christmas 2015Hundreds of children and adults enjoyed a festive kickoff to the holiday season during the 23rd annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday evening.

CAN DO Community Christmas “Come Celebrate the Arts” featured music from several school groups performing at Christ Lutheran Church in downtown Hazleton.