Thank You to all Annual Meeting Attendees, Award Nominees, Frosty Valley and T.K. Witch Staff

In addition to all of the Annual Meeting sponsors, the Chamber would also like to publicly thank some other groups of people that without their support and help, having an event like the Annual Meeting wouldn’t be possible each year. It is because of their continued support that the Chamber is able to continue fulfilling its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice in advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

First, thanks to all 23 award nominees in each of the four award categories. While only one organization/person could win each award, this year marked an exception year in both the quality and quantity of the nominees, which speaks to the outstanding work being done by our members and individuals that work for our member organizations — both in their organizations and throughout the community. Their work helps make our community stronger and a better place to live, work and play. Several of the nominees that did not win this year will be eligible for consideration for next year’s awards, and members as well as the public are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2020 awards when they are opened this November. 

Second, thanks to all of the more than 230 individuals that attended the Annual Meeting. This year’s event was one of the best-attended in recent years, and your support of the Chamber and its work, as well as the individuals and organizations that were up for the four awards is much appreciated and the Chamber looks forward to continuing its work with you and your respective organizations to help them grow in the future. The success of both the Chamber and this annual event depends on the continued support and attendance of our members and guests, so we again thank you for your support. 

Third, a big thank you goes out to the staff at both Frosty Valley Resort and That Kitchen Witch. For the first time, the Annual Meeting was held at Frosty Valley’s new Barn at Frosty Valley this year, the area’s newest banquet facility, and T.K. Witch was the caterer for this event for the first time as well. The staff from both did a great job taking care of everything and the guests were all impressed. 

Finally, thanks to the Chamber and Chamber Foundation staff — Matt Beltz, Phyllis Jones, Deb Sokol and Jeff Emanuel — for their efforts on the day of the event and in the planning. 

Thank You Sponsors of the Annual Meeting

The Chamber wishes to publicly thank all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2019 Chamber Annual Meeting a successful and enjoyable event for its members and guests. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

Thanks to all of the sponsors of this year’s Annual Meeting.

Event Sponsor
PPL Electric Utilties

 

 

 

 

Small Business of the Year Aware Sponsor
First Columbia Bank & Trust


Large Business of the Year Award Sponsor

DRIVE

 

Community Progress Award Sponsor
Commonwealth Health – Berwick Hospital Center

 

Outstanding Citizen Award Sponsor
Berwick Industrial Development Association


Reception Sponsors

Atlantic Broadband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinect Energy Group

 

 

 

 

The River 105 & 103.5

 

 

 

 

Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

That Kitchen Witch 

 

 

 

Corporate Tables
Atlantic Broadband
Autoneum
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
First Columbia Bank & Trust
First Keystone Community Bank
For The Cause
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
Geisinger Health Plan
Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln
Key Partners Realty
Lucy’s Kitchen & Catering / Rolling Pines Golf Course
M&T Bank
PPL Electric Utilities
Service 1st Federal Credit Union (3)
Williams

Working Across the Aisle: PA Chamber Committed to Smart Policies That Everyone – Regardless of Political Party – Can be in Favor of

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

The 2019-20 state legislative session has started out much like the one before it – with a divided government.  The state House and Senate remain under Republican control and the Executive Branch is still led by Democrats, with Gov. Tom Wolf being sworn in last month for his second term.  However, there are some differences in the political dynamic. Last November’s General Election resulted in losses for some moderate Republicans, which has led to a smaller and more conservative Republican majorities and larger and more ideologically liberal Democratic caucuses.

But these differences weren’t the focus of Gov. Wolf’s Inaugural speech last month, when he focused on bridging political divides to get things done for the betterment of all Pennsylvania’s citizens.  The PA Chamber is also taking this optimistic approach this session, realizing that there are many areas for improvement in the Commonwealth that everyone – regardless of political party – can be in favor of.

Building a Skilled Workforce

One area is in workforce development.   Pennsylvania businesses are facing a workforce crisis.  In our most recent Economic Survey, our members’ number one concern was finding skilled and qualified employees to fill open positions and actively seeking solutions that will help close the skills gap in PA.  The Pennsylvania Chamber is taking the lead across the state, responding to the needs of the state’s job creators.  We have named workforce development as our top priority and have launched a major grassroots initiative to help bridge the gap between Pennsylvania employers’ current and future employment needs and the skills of today’s workforce: Start the Conversation HERE

Through this program we are collaborating with educators, developing solutions-based workforce programs, highlighting company success stories and providing resources describing how businesses can develop programs to attract the talent they need in Pennsylvania.  We are spotlighting student success stories and the steps they took to reach their achievements, and raising awareness of the jobs that are in-demand in the state, describing the occupations, the education and skills needed and the salary potential they offer.  And we’re also in our third year of teaming up with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in which—through the generosity of Pennsylvania businesses—we have donated more than $200,000 in Work Ethic Scholarships to 70 Pennsylvania students who have chosen to pursue careers in the skilled trades. 

On the legislative side, we stood last session with a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the governor as he signed a “Clean Slate” bill – a first-of-its-kind measure that provides a mechanism for people with low-level, non-violent criminal offenses to have those records sealed from public view.  This gives them a better chance at securing a better paying job and housing, which allows them to become productive members of society and lower their chances of recidivism.

Building a More Competitive Economy

There are other areas in which we are excited to work across the aisle this session.  In last week’s Inaugural speech, Gov. Wolf referenced Amazon, the Seattle-based mega-corporation that ultimately decided to split a second headquarters between New York City and outside of Washington, D.C. instead of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia (the two cities were among the final contenders).  The governor said he wants Pennsylvania to be a place where “we don’t wait around for Amazon to move here, because we’re building the next Amazon.”  This is where the PA Chamber’s influence, through the support of our members, can make all the difference.  Our business is in ensuring that for businesses of all sizes, the Commonwealth is the best possible place to invest, grow and hire.  That’s why last session, we secured $2 billion in savings for our members by working to defeat a number of proposals that would have raised business costs; while also helping to enact money-saving initiatives (i.e., bonus depreciation and workers’ compensation reform) that are encouraging employers to make investments in their facilities, their workers and in new hires.

It’s true that a lot of work lies ahead to secure Pennsylvania’s reputation as the best possible place for business growth.  Throughout our more than 100 year history, our job has been to work closely with elected officials to ensure that they understand the needs of business owners who are committed to building a brighter economic future, through smart public policies that don’t favor Republicans or Democrats, but ALL Pennsylvanians.


Member News – February 20, 2019

  • A free job fair will be held this Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in the Industrial, Arts & Crafts and Educational buildings. Any business interested in booking a space should complete the one-page vendor application. For questions, please call Diane Considine at 570-479-0636 or Barb Belles at 570-387-4144.
  • The Danville Business Alliance will host an economic vitality meeting and informational session this Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. at the DBA office at 620 Mill St., Danville. It has invited Paul Macknoskey, regional director from PA Department of Community and Economic Development for an informational session to explain what the Opportunity Zone designation, the Neighborhood Assistance Program, and a Façade program means for the area, how it works, and who can benefit. Jackie Hart, director of codes & building development for Danville Borough, will provide information on the Borough’s LERTA Ordinance. The Neighborhood Assistance Program/Enterprise Opportunity Zone and LERTA ordinance are incentive programs that provide tax credits to businesses or private companies investing in rehabilitating, expanding, or improving buildings or land located within designated areas. Please RSVP by email is you would like to attend this meeting.
  • The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit is seeking professionals in the business community to serve as judges in specific categories at its PA Media and Design Competition (formerly called the PA State Computer Fair). There will be separate regional competitions, one for middle school students on Monday, March 4, and one for high school students on Monday, March 25, both at CSIU #16 located at 90 Lawton Lane, Milton. If interested in participating in these events as a judge, please email Bill Herald by this Friday, Feb. 22. For more information about the event, including a list of categories, visit the event’s website.
  • AGAPE is in desperate need of warehouse and driver volunteers. Even if you might only be able to help one day per month, that would be of tremendous value to AGAPE as it works to ensure it serves those in need. If interested, or for questions, please contact AGAPE at 570-317-2210 or stop in their office at 19 East 7th St. in Bloomsburg and fill out an application.
  • Currently, and running through April 4, the United Way of Columbia and Montour County is again offering free basic tax help to low and moderate-income residents in the community. This program will be held Tuesdays and Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 130 W. 3rd St., Bloomsburg (use the rear entrance). No appointments are necessary, only drop-offs and walk-ins will be accepted. For questions, call the United Way at 570-784-3134 or email, and see the flyer for additional information.
  • Knoebels Amusement Resort will hold its annual job fair on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Elysburg Fire Department, located at 1 East Mill St., Elysburg. There are seasonal positions available in games, ride operations, food service, gift shops, grounds crew, security & first aid, admissions, crystal pool, campground, guest services, and more. If you have a particular interest or skill set, Knoebels has a job for you. Visit the Facebook event for more information. 

Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth Votes to Dissolve

Economic development activities of the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth are now being handled by DRIVE, a two-county council of governments created to consolidate the activities of several organizations. The Alliance Board of Directors voted to dissolve the organization at its annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, held at the Inn at Turkey Hill. Recent efforts of the Alliance include development of the Columbia County Business Park at the Lightstreet exit of Interstate 80, preceded by the development of the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

DRIVE’s other initiatives include marketing and reuse of the former Metso Minerals property in Danville, and developing wireless broadband in northern Montour County. More information about DRIVE is available at its website.