Economic Forecast

By Kathy Ruff Consumer confidence is at pre-recession levels, according to The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association headquartered in New York City and that may mean higher consumer spending in 2017. “By and (read more)

Economic Forecast: Tax and Regulatory

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By Dave Gardner Taxpayers and economists alike will be carefully watching as President-elect Donald Trump and his Republican Congress begin tinkering with the tax code and regulatory mechanisms to manipulate the nation’s $18 trillion GDP. Trump has promis (read more)

Economic Forecast 2017: Healthcare

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By Dave Gardner The devil may be in the details when President-elect Donald Trump and his Republican Congress begin reform of the nation’s massive $4 trillion health care system. One of Trump’s campaign promises involved the full repeal of the Affordable (read more)

Tobyhanna techs support Army, Marine Corps artillery components

Operational readiness is the Army’s number one priority as advocated by Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley and emphasized across Army major command leadership, including Army Materiel Command’s Gen. Gustave F. Perna. All major Army elements from t (read more)

Focus on Architects and Engineers: Infrastructure united voters in divisive election year

Before Election Day, a national poll by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) found that half of registered voters said the nation’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years, and a majority of voters said roads and bridges are i (read more)

The Woodlands evolves over the years

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By Phil Yacuboski Late one winter night, decades ago, Steven Tyler and his band Aerosmith made an unscheduled stop at The Woodlands during a snowstorm. It was after midnight, I-81 was a mess and the band was hungry. “They just wanted something to eat,” sa (read more)

Economic Forecast 2017: Social Issues

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By Dave Gardner Investigation of a few key details reveals that President-elect Donald Trump will undoubtedly face some tough financial challenges involving his domestic spending promises and Washington’s availability of cold, hard cash. During the campai (read more)

High-Tech innovations shapes PA

While policy discussions about technology and innovation issues often focus narrowly on iconic places like Silicon Valley or Boston’s Route 128 corridor, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) reported in a new study that high-tech in (read more)

Focus on Wilkes-Barre

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By Dave Gardner Data compiled by The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development show Luzerne County’s economic indicators have measurably improved during the past two years. Employment growth has been particularly strong in the transportation and (read more)

To Top It All

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Technicians at Tobyhanna Army Depot hoist and install the 12.2-meter antenna reflector assembly of an AN/GSC-52B terminal. The unit, part of the Department of Defense’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals Acquisition Program will be able to leverage inc (read more)

Economic Forecast 2017: Manufacturing and Trade

By Dave Gardner President-elect Donald Trump is not backing away from his pledge to create large numbers of high-paying jobs and in the process, reduce the nation’s annual trade deficit that now exceeds $530 billion. Trump also is committed to an expansio (read more)

Immigration reversal is confounding

By John L. Moore At some point after Inauguration Day — Friday, Jan. 20 — the lid will finally get pried off the can of worms labeled “Immigration.” Immigration, with its many different aspects, became one of the hottest issues of the 2016 presidential el (read more)

The Economics of Immigration

By John L. Moore Many news people have an incorrect notion of the impact that immigrants have on wages, according to a leading economist. “Most journalists,” said Dr. David Card, “believe that if you have more people, wages will fall, and so, to them, it’ (read more)


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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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