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CAN DO News

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

CoordinatedHealth1Coordinated Health held a ribbon cutting and open house July 11 at its new state-of-the-art medical complex at 26 Station Circle in Humboldt Station, adjacent to the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township.

Kevin headshot2Kevin O’Donnell, who has led Greater Hazleton’s economic development growth for more than four and a half decades, today announced to the CAN DO Board of Directors that he will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer at the close of 2020.

This past week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) released their new interest rates.

SBA 504 and PIDA are two revolving loan funds that assist in the growth of businesses of all sizes in Pennsylvania. They provide long-term, low-interest-rate loans to eligible businesses that commit to creating and/or retaining full-time jobs. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, land and building costs, machinery and equipment costs, refinancing of existing commercial real estate and/or equipment debt (SBA 504) and working capital (PIDA).

CAN DO hires Mark MinnigCAN DO, Inc. announced that former Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Economic Development Analyst Mark Minnig has joined its staff as the organization’s Economic Development Specialist.

In his role at CAN DO, Minnig will manage the planning, procurement and administration of all necessary grants and loans for the organization; assist  businesses in the community to identify and procure financing opportunities; act as a liaison to employers through  outreach to ensure Greater Hazleton’s continued economic development; and coordinate with CAN BE to cultivate clients and assist small businesses and start-ups with financing options.

Valmont Industrial ParkDominic Yannuzzi, engineer for West Hazleton Borough, updated Valmont Park Association members on efforts that are underway to fix Valmont Industrial Park’s Rotary Drive, Jaycee Drive bridge and Dessen Drive during a recent Valmont Park Association meeting.

Humboldt Park Association May 2019 meetingHumboldt Park Association meeting attendees received an update on proposed additional Humboldt Industrial Park bus routes and the latest on the consideration of a regional bus transfer station and learned about the SHINE after-school education program that teaches children science, technology, engineering, art and math skills during the latest Humboldt Park Association meeting.

CAN DO receives BAMR grantCAN DO received a $2.6 million grant from the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation which it is using to reclaim approximately 40 acres of former mine land in Humboldt Industrial Park North.

CAN DO will transport fill material from a 22-acre piece of land spread across two of its sites in the Humboldt Northwest section of the park to Humboldt North to reclaim the property. This project will restore land that was previously used for strip mining and allow for additional site development in Humboldt North.

CAN DO Community Park group photoCAN DO, the CAN DO Community Foundation, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress and the City of Hazleton held a ceremony Tuesday to announce the official naming of the downtown park located at the corner of Broad and Laurel streets as CAN DO Community Park and unveiled future plans for the park.

CAN DO and the CAN DO Community Foundation each contributed funds to purchase the naming rights to the park. CAN DO has also agreed to assume responsibility for maintenance of the park over the next 50 years.

Butler ribbon cutting group 1Butler Township held a ribbon cutting Thursday for its new municipal building and police station complex in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O'Donnell welcomed the crowd and gave remarks during the program. The event began with a moment of prayer given by Rev. Michele Kaufman, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, and a flag presentation from the American Legion Butler Township Post 795.

Rep. Tarah Toohil, Butler Township Supervisor Dr. Frank Polidora, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce President Mary Malone and Butler Township Police Chief Brian Sabatini also gave remarks.

Candelles expansionWith the use of several services offered through the CAN BE program, Candelles, a handmade soy candle company located in the CAN BE Innovation Center within Valmont Industrial Park, has tripled the size of its production, distribution and storage facility just 15 months after moving in.

Candelles, which Kelley Major and C.J. Graaf founded in 2013 out of their kitchen, originally occupied 860 square feet of space when moving its operations to CAN BE in November of 2017. Over the past 15 months, the company has tripled the amount of space it occupies within the facility which now includes a loading dock as well.

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