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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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Grossman

By Howard J. Grossman, AICP

To focus attention on economic development, there is a need to network the economy of the Pocono-Northeast. By this is meant the ability to bring together the various elements that dictate the extent to which the economy can grow and change for the better.

This can be accomplished through networking of actions and entities that have something to do with economic development.

The people, entities or organizations, political bodies, communities, natural resources and a host of other components help secure a framework for economic development beyond traditional sources.

A full range of economic development to be undertaken across the region in transportation systems, the arts and cultural facilities, media components, social services, environmental assets, physical features and people willing to volunteer their time and in some cases, money enable this networking.

The new approach makes it imperative that there be a global setting to how the economy is handled, especially in the years ahead. The region cannot ignore foreign entanglements and many steps are made by the state to have offices and representatives in different locations worldwide.

The industrial development authority (PIDA) program, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and “the greatest regional economic comeback in the history of the United States” are elements that have marked a major stage in the region’s economic history.

The networked economy that will drive the engine of the future will be comprised of political leadership from those who chose to actively participate at the electoral level and (perhaps) the role of young leaders who graduate from the many leadership programs that now exist inside the region.

What may be needed is a regional leadership program, since it is a next step in the process of building a networked support for political leadership across the region. Another step would be a social service analysis similar to what former Lt. Governor William Scranton III did many years ago statewide. Such an activity within the region would become an important part of the regional networked economy.

Still, another factor would be increasing an environmental capacity to meet the needs of greenways, parks, open space and other techniques that are critical to a better quality of life for residents and workers in the region of all age groups.

The closeness of the economy to the environment was met in the 1970s when the then Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania( EDCNP) completed the first regional plan in the history of the region with an environmental base to it. That plan was used for many years and set a tone for at least a decade after Tropical Storm Agnes wrecked a good part of the region in 1972. An updated plan with similar processes would be an important part of a networked economy or the region.

Still another avenue to pursue would be a new look at all of the communities in the region to determine their current and future role. Are they sufficiently organized and structured to meet the needs of a networked economy? They might well be, however, a new look at their capability would be helpful in identifying their capacity for the future as part of a networked economy.

The natural resources of the region have always been a critical part of the networked economy, but have they been examined in a recent context for determining how they fit into the theme of a future networked economy? Some analysis should be made of the various features that are critical to how the economy will work in the next decades , A demographic profile should be evaluated though the fine work of the NEPA Alliance. This should include an analysis of worker performance and trained ability to meet the needs of the regional economy ahead.

The various assets such as transportation, cultural and sports facilities and venues, travel development and tourist agencies, all economic development organizations and may others form part of the networked economy of the Pocono-Northeast. A listing of all components and a brief statement as to their role would be an important contribution to a basic framework of support that will enhance the ability of the present economy to support the decades of regional life in the years ahead.

Howard J. Grossman is the former executive director of EDCNP, now NEPA Alliance. Email him at GrossmanHJ@aol.com

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