The dinner was centered around the success that CAN DO has seen over the past several years with its strategic plan. Chairman of the board, Dr. John Madden reflected on how CAN DO has succeeded in accomplishing many components of the plan through initiatives such as bringing stable and well-paying employment to the region by pursuing firms in the food processing industry, developing the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, fostering entrepreneurship through the CAN BE Business Innovation Center in the Valmont Industrial Park and partnering on many of the downtown Hazleton revitalization efforts.
FACT: Northeast Pennsylvania is the most cost-efficient location for manufacturing companies.
FACT: Northeast PA provides manufacturers with lower operating costs than they will find in any other major city and MSA throughout the Northeastern United States.
FACT: Northeast PA gives manufacturing companies in the food/beverage and plastics sectors proven reasons why their companies will operate at a peak-level of success here.
Greater Hazleton has always been recognized for being a cost-effective location that has lower operating costs than many major markets.
PPL Electric Utilities continues to add smart grid automation on its system to increase reliability.
Smart grid improvements have been a major factor in allowing the utility to reduce the number of outages by 30 percent since 2007. The next five years are expected to bring another 15 percent improvement.
The company reports about 4,600 smart grid switches have been installed across its service area since 2012, when the first smart grid pilot project launched in the Harrisburg area. Now, there are smart grid devices nearly everywhere on the utility’s system which covers all or part of 29 counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
Located directly along the I-81 corridor in Northeast Pennsylvania and just minutes from I-80, Greater Hazleton offers an ideal location, just two hours to New York City and Philadelphia and within a day's drive of half the nation's population.