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

kanjorski-cando-fundingCAN DO has received nearly $750,000 to fund improvements to the water systems in Humboldt Industrial Park and the CAN DO Corporate Center.

During a press conference at the CAN DO Corporate Center, just off Interstate 80 in Drums, U.S. Congressman Paul Kanjorski and United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Pennsylvania State Director Tom Williams announced that CAN DO would receive a $649,800 loan and a $99,000 grant to help fund the improvements of the water supply systems in the industrial park and corporate center.

can-be-start-your-own-business-seminarCAN BE, CAN DO’s business incubator program, has concluded another successful round of its “Start Your Own Business” seminar series.

The CAN BE incubator program helps establish new business and industry for the area, giving local entrepreneurs the keys to turn their ideas into ventures that will become successful firms able to function on their own.

Five CAN DO employees marked milestones in their careers with CAN DO recently: Nancy Stasko, Melissa Frederick, Joseph Lettiere, Philip Wegener, and Adam Hover. See below for more details and photos.

community-energy-certified(Hazleton, PA – August 4, 2010) – A company with a 10-year track record in renewable energy development, supply and marketing has broadened its product offerings in the portfolio of screened, certified CAN DO Energy Solutions providers.

Today, CAN DO is pleased to announce that Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) will become the exclusive provider of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets within the CAN DO Energy Solutions portfolio. CEI was certified in March as a provider in both the solar and the wind renewable energy categories.

CAN DO officers elected include, front row from left: William Genetti, vice chairman of facilities management; John J. Spevak, chairman of the board of directors; W. Kevin O’Donnell, president; and David McCarthy, vice chairman of sales and marketing. Back row, from left: Llewellyn Dryfoos III, vice chairman of internal operations; Robert Judd, treasurer; and Lonnie Polli, secretary. CAN DO, Inc., Greater Hazleton’s economic development organization, marked another year during its 54th annual dinner meeting Wednesday at Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, Hazleton.

Before the dinner, the organization’s board of directors met to discuss the highlights of the last fiscal year and to elect officers and at-large board members.

CAN DO officers approved for 2010-2011 include: Edgar L. Dessen, M.D., chairman emeritus; John J. Spevak, chairman of the board of directors; W. Kevin O’Donnell, president; Llewellyn Dryfoos III, vice chairman of internal operations; David McCarthy, vice chairman of sales and marketing; William Genetti, vice chairman of facilities management; Robert Judd, treasurer; Lonnie Polli, secretary; Nancy R. Stasko, assistant secretary; Patricia Gendler, CPA, assistant secretary; and Bernadette J. DeBias, assistant secretary.

Arthur A. Tarone, Daniel Jorgensen and Gary Danish were elected as at-large members of the executive committee.

thumb_krause8208The CAN DO family of volunteers and staff is mourning the loss of one of its longest-serving members, Arthur A. Krause, who died on Monday, March 1.

A lifelong West Hazleton resident, Art was active with CAN DO for decades and served as the agency’s historian.

“Everyone at CAN DO will miss Art. I’ve known and worked with him for more than 30 years. He had a remarkable knowledge of the Hazleton area and a true commitment to improving this region,” said CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell. “The CAN DO staff joins me in expressing our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Art’s knowledge, guidance and friendship will be missed.”

Greater Hazleton’s growing food service cluster is featured in the current issue of a national magazine.

The area appears in a story entitled “Food Preparation’s Innovations” in the December 2009 edition of Global Corporate Xpansion magazine, a quarterly magazine for executives and site selectors planning to relocate a facility or expand operations.

“A large food processing region located on the Eastern Seaboard of the country, home to manufacturing operations such as The Hershey Company, Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Bimbo Bakeries, is Hazleton, Pa.,” the article states. “[Greater Hazleton] has taken advantage of a food processing initiative created by CAN DO, Inc., a nonprofit economic development corporation in Greater Hazleton that was created to assist companies in all aspects of their operations […] Here, distribution, logistics and low operating costs are just some of the advantages that help companies in Greater Hazleton compete with other markets, says Joseph Lettiere, vice president of sales and marketing, CAN DO. […] The pace of expansion is picking up in Hazleton.”

CAN DO has been targeting the food service industry as an area of future growth, Lettiere explained.

“Companies in the food services and food-processing industry find that the Hazleton area is the perfect location for many reasons, including our strategic location, competitive operating environment, highly rated workforce and the availability of training programs,” Lettiere said.

The cluster in CAN DO’s industrial parks consists of companies such as Fresh Start Bakeries, Tootsie Roll, The Hershey Company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill Meat Solutions, Bimbo Bakeries, Gonnella Frozen Products, U.S. Cold Storage and Romark Logistics, in addition to other food packaging and food transportation businesses.

Several food-processing partnerships are also in place throughout Greater Hazleton to assist companies with a variety of needs, including workforce development and training programs.

To learn more about how to locate in Greater Hazleton and take advantage of the many benefits for food service industries in Humboldt Industrial Park, contact Lettiere at (570) 455-1508 or visit

CAN-DO-Luzerne-County2On May 18, Foundation President Gary F. Lamont and CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell presented Luzerne County Commissioners Maryanne C. Petrilla, Gregory A. Skrepenak and Stephen A. Urban and Luzerne County Office of Community Development Executive Director Andrew D. Reilly with a resolution recognizing the county for its efforts in restoring the Ferrwood Music Camp.

The CAN DO Community Foundation presented electricians with a resolution recognizing their efforts in restoring the Ferrwood Music Camp. From left: CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell; Robert Judd, president of Arc Electric Construction Co.; John T. Nadolny, training director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 163;  and CAN DO Community Foundation President Gary F. Lamont.Local electricians and electrical contractors recently donated time and equipment to upgrade the lighting and power distribution systems at Ferrwood Music Camp in Butler Township – just in time for the camp’s busy summer season.

thumb_cando-yenchko-0619The CAN DO Community Foundation presented the first Joseph Yenchko Awards – scholarships named for the first CAN DO employee – to three area students to attend Ferrwood Music Camp.