Penn State Wilkes-Barre Executive Management Forum

Penn State Wilkes-Barre recently held its spring 2015 executive management forum titled NEPA’s Major Federal Facilities: Economic Engines for our Region . Attendees heard Colonel Gerhard Schroter and Dr. Michael Adelman discuss the region’s two major federal government economic engines — Tobyhanna Army Depot and the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, respectively. (read more)

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Thirteenth annual Business Plan Competition announces winners

By Donna J. Simpson The 13th Annual Business Plan Competition awards presentation (BPC) was held recently with David Maderia serving as Master of ceremonies for the evening. Organized by TecBridge, nearly 300 business and communities leaders gathered at M

 
Energy

Bucknell University professor to study effects of sedimentation from shale activity

By John Beauge A Bucknell professor is undertaking a study on the effects sedimentation from Marcellus Shale natural gas activity is having on the ecosystem of the Susquehanna River watershed. Once sedimentation gets into a stream it can last a long time,

PennEast Pipeline announces grant recipients

The PennEast Pipeline Company LLC, recently announced awards of $70,000 through its Community Connector grant program, bringing the program’s investment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities to $120,000 to date. Of local interest, grants went to: ■ C
Economy

Monroe County to get first new hospital in 100 years St. Luke’s Monroe Campus being developed on 41-acres on Route 611 in Bartonsville

By Kathy Ruff “The only thing constant in life is change.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld People have seen major changes in the world in every area over the past century — transportation, manufacturing and technology, to name a few. People changed how they

 
Op-Ed

Answers to your FAQs: What are catch-up contributions?

By Adam Shelp Question: What are catch-up contributions? Answer: If you are 50 or older, or you will reach age 50 by the end of the year, you may be able to make contributions to your IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan above the normal contribution

Is there an economic turn- around happening?

By Howard Grossman, AICP Is there an economic turn-around in the United States, and is this likely to be a time when uncertainty prevails in many parts of the globe? Are start ups a true trend that is critical to the future of the region. Are businesses g

Summer months bring increase in work injuries to NEPA workers

By Gregory Fellerman It’s finally warming up in northeast Pennsylvania, but with the heat, comes an increase in work-related injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more work injuries occur during the summer months

It’s ‘Global Employee Health and Fitness Month,’ what employers can do to advance workers’ health

By Brian Rinker Helping employees get healthier and helping to curb the rising cost of health care should be priorities for all employers. And May, designated as Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, is the perfect time to start taking a more active r

Observe your employees habits

By Biagio “Bill” Sciacca Does it seem that at first we make our habits, and then our habits make (or break) us? Habits are spawned through repetition. Some habits are good — like waking up 30 minutes early to take a brisk walk. However, some habits are no

What goes up

As the May edition went to press, I was paying the county’s tax on our three-acre property. That tax was an affordable nuisance when we bought our house in 1997 — now it’s a financial behemoth for which we must carefully plan. Don’t even get me started on

Outsized regulation (always) slams the little guy

By Karen Kerrigan As reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 29, one single bank has been created since 2010 — the year Dodd-Frank was enacted. In three decades prior to the law “an average of more than 100 new banks a year opened,” according to the

RIP: The school property tax

By G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young Governors propose and legislatures dispose. That particular political adage could be one that Tom Wolf, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, might ponder as he begins the likely lengthy process of steering his

Monroe County to get first new hospital in 100 years St. Luke’s Monroe Campus being developed on 41-acres on Route 611 in Bartonsville

By Kathy Ruff “The only thing constant in life is change.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld People have seen major changes in the world in every area over the past century — transportation, manufacturing and technology, to name a few. People changed how they

 

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