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JANUARY 2020

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Beating diabetes. Before it starts. Mifflinburg resident Jim Linger always knew better health was within reach. Tt was just a matter of finding the right moment — and the right healthcare partner — to make some lifestyle changes. Like gaining control of his diet and fitness. “Every year, it was the same thing,” he says. “I’d think, ‘I’m gonna lose weight.’ But days go by, and you never really start the program.” That all changed last year when, determined to find the cause of nagging fatigue, Mr. Unger, 54, reached out to a Geisinger doctor. That led to a blood test — which served as a big wake-up call. With blood sugar levels above 5.7, Mr. Unger was prediabetic. And, even with medication, his high blood pressure put him at risk for stroke. Determined to get healthy, Mr. Unger jumped at the chance to join Geisinger’s pilot Preventing Diabetes study — a decision he says “changed my life.” He backs up that claim with numbers and facts. More than a year later, Mr. Unger keeps his weight steady at between 180 and 190 pounds. He’s shrunk his waistband from size 42 to 34. He no longer needs to take blood pressure medicine. And instead of downing bowls of ice cream when he’s stressed, he rides his bike 10 to 15 miles. “I’m in that mindset where I don’t want to go back,” he says. “I’m in a good rut now.”

The Preventing Diabetes project empowered participants to customize the program, so it suited their lifestyles and personalities. Mr. Unger chose from several options, including: • Join WW® (formerly Weight Watchers) • Receive a daily call from a dietitian to discuss food choices • Go to regular appointments with a Geisinger obesity specialist • Attend group exercise and nutrition sessions at Lewisburg’s Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness “I thought the support group would be better for me than just a call,” says Mr. Unger, who also opted for appointments with Christopher Still, DO, a specialist in nutrition and weight management. The group sessions included weigh-ins and advice from Geisinger registered dietitian nutritionist Allison Naylor, who discussed topics like cooking habits and eating triggers. The group also enjoyed cooking demonstrations and visited Weis Markets, touring the aisles to learn what to eat — and foods to avoid. Mr. Unger adds that he discussed his personal dietary challenges one-on-one with Dr. Still and Ms. Naylor. “I’m on the road a lot,” he says, explaining that he ate a lot of fast food while traveling. “I had to tell them, ‘This is what

more information, call 866415-7138. For Mr. Unger, joining Geisinger’s Preventing Diabetes study was the first step toward better health. “I know it’s their job, but they actually change lives,” he I’m up against.’” Today, Mr. Unger says his friends tease him about how good he looks and ask how to join the study, which has since concluded. However, Geisinger still offers a yearlong Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants — those at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes — learn about healthy eating and stress

management, boost their physical activity and lose weight. Earlier this year, Geisinger’s DPP received full CDC recognition, which means it’s proven to deliver effective lifestyle-change and weightloss outcomes, based on at least a year of data. Sessions will begin in January at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital. For

Titan Tactical By: Matt Heintzelman, Owner, Titan Tactical There’s a new kind of fitness gym serving the Susquehanna Valley. Titan Tactical Strength and Conditioning, located in Shamokin Dam, opened its doors in October of 2019 and is putting a new twist on fitness training. It’s not your typical “gym” in that there are no open-gym hours for folks to come and do their own workouts; instead, everything is run under the full supervision of highly qualified and specially certified personal trainers to help individuals conquer their fitness goals, all in the privacy of their own personal gym. Titan Tactical offers several program options: one-on-one personal training, small group training, and various classes. This allows all individuals, regardless of their fitness level and previous exercise experience, to reach their full physical potential. Founded by Selinsgrove native Matt Heintzelman, Titan Tactical does things a little differently than other gyms in the area. “Everything is specific and individualized to the people we’re working with. My goal was to create a space for any person (or groups of people) to reach

Bob Garrett, President & CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce lifting weights with Matt Heintzelman, Owner of Titan Tactical

their fitness goals, all while taking the guesswork out of which programs, exercises, or nutrition plans work best. There isn’t one exercise or workout that is appropriate for every single person,

and it’s our job to lay out the groundwork for our clients to progress properly towards their goals.” Matt is also a volunteer firefighter and wants to create more programs to better serve the

first responders in our area. “First responders are some of the most unique athletes in the world. Long distance runners need lots of endurance. Football players require large bursts of power. Soccer

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says, crediting Dr. Still and Ms. Naylor with supporting him on his journey to better health. “They handled me like I was the only patient, the only person in the program. I can’t thank them enough.”

INSIDE this EDITION Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehana Valley 2020 Calen d ar of Even ts Health and Wellness on the Rails to Trails Member News & Ribbon Cuttings Member News & Ribbon Cuttings GSVCC Congressional Recognition

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GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER MISSION The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members. athletes require a lot of agility paired with stamina. Tactical Athletes require all of it and need to call upon their abilities in a moment’s notice. And yet, we don’t really have any suitable options available to get them in their best physical condition to perform their duties efficiently. That’s where the idea of Titan Tactical was first born.” Titan Tactical aims to serve first responders looking to increase their fitness abilities, but also takes a calculated and “tactical” approach to all of their clients. Titan Tactical develops programs for any situation. Their staff has been involved in most major facets of fitness training (Athletics, PostRehab, First Responders, Special Medical Populations, and beyond) and has over a decade of experience in the industry. Their staff has individuals certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and includes a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Tactical Strength

and Conditioning Facilitator, Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, a USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach, and National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) Coach. In addition to personal training and small group training, Titan Tactical currently offers one-month class options for a wide range of demographics that includes Women on Weights, Olympic Weightlifting, Sunrise and Exercise, Level 1 TRX, Level 2 TRX, and more. Furthermore, Titan Tactical is launching a full nutritional consultation program in 2020. Check out their social media pages @TitanTacticalSC for more information. “We’re trying to individualize fitness again and put the ‘personal’ back in ‘personal training.’ Starting a new fitness journey shouldn’t be filled with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. No memberships, no crowds, no intimidation; just you finding your best version of yourself!”


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Meet the Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Just A Word... "January 2020"

CHAIRPERSON Sue Greene, Penn State Executive Programs

VICE CHAIRPERSON Art Thomas, Meek Tech Inc.

PAST CHAIRPERSON John Uehling, Contrast Communications

So, how’s your New Year’s Resolution going? The annual tradition of making a resolution, or in some cases more than one resolution—in other words resolutions, just as the big glass ball lights up on Times Square has become something of a punch line. It’s fact that of the 45% of us who make them and then break them so quickly which have turned resolution making into a bit of a joke. Another fact to consider is that half of us who make resolutions break them by this date January 13th. Why do we start out the new year with such lofty goals and why are they so hard to keep? Well, first off, this whole tradition dates back 4000 years to the Babylonians. Instead of watching for a crystal ball to light up, the Babylonians celebrated the stages of the moon. The first new moon after the spring was celebrated with an 11-day long festival called Akitu, when self-improvement resolutions were made to stay in the good standing with the gods. These celebrations were characterized by the consumption of large quantities of kale juice. It was the Romans who decided to start off the new year in connection with the winter solstice. Once the month of Lanuarius (we call it January) was added to the Roman calendar, the author of Columella (sort of like our Farmer’s Almanac) suggested that farmers should make an “auspicious gesture” on the 1st of January to insure a bountiful harvest. On the same day, all Romans, not just the farmers, followed suit, by offering resolutions to Janus, their god of new beginnings. As time marched on, it was the Protestants who most enthusiastically adopted the practice of resolution making. Today, as much of the formerly sacred influences have been secularized, resolution-making has headed a decidedly more jovial direction. Few, if any, of us hold ourselves to the rigorous standards of the early Protestants and most resolutions now mostly have to do with losing weight, reducing debt and spending less time in front of electronic gadgets. Wellness, in general, is a worthy goal and a fitting resolution. This month’s Voice of the Valley sponsor, Geisinger, is a trusted source when it comes to wellness. Over 35,000 of our neighbors and friends are part of the Geisinger family of care giving.

TREASURER Dave Herbert, Retired CPA

REGION VICE PRESIDENTS Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

DIRECTORS Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, U P M C Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank

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Staff Bios President/CEO Bob Garrett

rgarrett@gsvcc.org Bob Garrett serves as the President/CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. He works closely with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, committees and affiliates in order to implement and coordinate the Chamber’s new strategic plan, the Chamber’s mission and the daily activities of the Chamber. Twenty-three years ago, Bob made the difficult decision to make a career change and go to work for then Congressman Tom Ridge and ended up serving four different governors at PennDOT in Harrisburg. Before this move, he was very active with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce as its Transportation Committee Chairman, headed up the Route 15 Coalition and was serving as the Director of the Union County Economic Development Council. Now, after his two-decade Harrisburg stint, Bob is back and ready to work hard on building partnerships, creating an economic development buzz, increasing the Chamber’s membership and helping to take the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway from the drawing boards to a ground breaking and, finally, to a ribbon cutting. Bob grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, graduated from the Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology and received his teacher’s certification at Penn State. In 1980, he began his professional career at the SUN Area Vocational Technical School. While director of the Union County Economic Development Council, during the 1990’s, Bob had a major role in siting the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex as well as the expansions for several well-known companies. Executive Director of Membership Chris Berleth

cberleth@gsvcc. org As Executive Director of Membership, Chris works to ensure the “value proposition” of Chamber membership. In a sense, he’s the Chamber’s guarantor of a personal connection between members, volunteers and staff. Equally fielddeployed and office-based, Chris is externally focused and oversees the Chamber’s field operations. Specifically, he engages new members, corporate sponsors, staffs the Chamber’s Agriculture, ATHENA, Ambassadors and Governmental Affairs Committees respectively, and ensures that each Chamber member is aware of member benefits. Chris also serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley,

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a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber which serves as the region’s premier business leadership organization. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Chris fell in love with Pennsylvania while enrolled at Gettysburg College and subsequently with the Valley upon meeting his wife Kali in 2011. A 2015 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, Chris’ combined experience in for-profit and non-profit work makes him an asset to the Chamber team. Chris and Kali have two children, Remy (4) and Rutledge (1). Executive Director of Einance Abbie Sholley

asholley@gsvcc. org As the Executive Director of Finance, Abbie is responsible for overseeing all the Chamber’s financial dealings. She also works closely with the Boards of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and local NonProfits to ensure that their day to day financials are completed. Abbie is also the administrative-financial assistant to the Greater Susquehanna Business Development Council Board of Directors. She aids the Chamber President/CEO as well as its Board of Directors with a variety of tasks to keep the office running efficiently. The Greater Susquehanna Valley has always been home to Abbie. She is a graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education with a minor in computer information systems from Bloomsburg University. Prior to her current position on the Chamber team, Abbie was employed as a substitute teacher in several local school districts and Weis Markets Corporate Office, located in Sunbury. Director of Workforce Jenny Wentz

jwentz@gsvcc. org As the Director of Workforce, Jenny strives to meet the workforce needs of the local community through the CareerBASICs initiative of the Chamber. CareerBASICs (Building And Strengthening Individual Choices) is a platform that includes the Chamber’s Business & Education Committee activities, the Young Americans Program of events, the Central Pennsylvania Career Pathways Partnership advocacy, pre-apprenticeship programming, and the ‘Clean Slate’ community re-entry programming. Jenny also serves as the Assistant Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber, which serves as the region’s premier business leadership organization. Jenny grew up in Northern Dauphin county, where she

graduated from Williams Valley Jr./Sr. High School. Following high school, Jenny graduated as the Valedictorian from McCann School of Business and Technology in 2011, earning an associate degree in administrative office technology. The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has provided Jenny invaluable opportunities over the past nine years, which have allowed her to grow and flourish in her professional development. Director of Communications Vanessa Venios

vvenios@gsvcc. org As the Director of Communications, Vanessa works closely with members to help them become leaders in the valley by connecting them with communities, resources, fellow citizens and businesses so that they can all work together to make our region a great place to live, work and play. Vanessa also coordinates Chamber events to shine awareness on important topics that fit within the Chamber’s strategic plan while bringing members together to network, and most importantly, have fun. She is responsible for maintaining the Chamber calendar of events, connecting with news media, designing and implementing marketing campaigns and oversees the Chamber’s social media accounts and website. Vanessa is staff support for the Community Prosperity Alliance, Women’s Leadership Symposium, Golf Classic, Communications, Technology and Events committees. Vanessa is very active in the Valley through philanthropy and is the Board Vice President of T.I.M.E. - The Improved Milton Experience, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on community revitalization, and a Board Director at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau. Her and her husband Rob reside along the Susquehanna River in Milton and together own a hard cider business in downtown Lewisburg

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Advanced Medicine Takes Leadership Susquehanna Valley Class by Surprise By Chris Berleth

Each year, Leadership Susquehanna Valley’s healthcare program day rotates between the region’s top-tier medical facilities. This year, the class traveled to UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center for a day called “Traveling for Top-Tier Care.” Its safe to say that class members were thoughtful, even skeptical given the recent announcement of UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury’s closing - that is, until they saw Williamsport. The day began with breakfast (courtesy of UPMC) and a panel discussion about healthcare in the Valley which featured Sister Teresa Ann Jacobs (UPMC’s Executive Board), Tom Sokola (Geisinger’s Chief Administrative Officer) and Kendra Aucker (President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital). The timing was inimitable - just hours before the discussion, sixty vehicles were involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 80. “Co-oper-tition” is the word Kendra Aucker uses for these occasions - noting that the region’s healthcare resources must balance a blend of cooperation and competition, balancing what is right for patients, their staff, and the communities they serve. Following the panel, class members were continually mesmerized by the technology on display. They watched as technicians adjusted three dimensional renderings of a brain so as to prepare surgeons (who use RFID-tagged surgical tools) for accurate-to-tlie-m i 11 imeter brain surgery; they heard Dr. Lazar, one of UPMC’s most talented heart specialists describe the “ECMO” system, a medical device which can effectively “breathe” for a patient by oxygenating the blood and returning it to the body (especially helpful in recovery from pneumonia, avian flu, and a host of other dangerous diseases.) They learned that valve replacement surgeries that once had a 5% mortality rate are now down to a 1.5% mortality rate and that saphenous vein harvesting, which once was the most painful part of bypass surgery and required 14 days of recovery, can now be done with a 2 inch incision and the patient can be home in 4 days. Traveling to the CSIU’s LPN Center in Lewisburg, class members certainly didn’t expect to see the Anatomage at work. This device creates a 3D rendering of bodies dedicated to science, allowing LPNs to learn anatomy without the expense, storage, or maintenance challenge caused by use of cadavers. Whether at the UPMC, the LPN Center, or the class’s final stop (The Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center, powered by Evangelical and Geisinger), a certain final reaction to the program day left the class with three key takeaways: first, don’t judge a book by its cover; second, when one door closes, another one surely opens; and finally, much can be accomplished when the people of the Valley value excellence and work together. We’re excited to see what’s on the horizon for the Valley!

Tom Sokola, Geisinger's Chief Administrative Officer; Kendra Ryan McNally, Director of The Lewisburg YMCA at the Aucker, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital; Miller Center, powered by Evangelical and Geisinger. Sister Teresa Ann Jacobs, UPMC's Executive Board; Panel Discussion lead by LSV Executive Director Chris Berleth

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EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING

BUSINESS & ED COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5TH, 2020 7:50AM - 8:50AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

MONDAY, JAN. 13TH, 2020 11:50AM- 1:00PM BULL RUN INN - 605 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17857

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15TH, 2020 11:50AM - 1:00PM HOSS'S - 5154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

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COMMUNITY PROSPERITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING THURSDAY, FEB. 6TH, 2020 9:50AM - 10:50AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

TUESDAY, JAN. 21ST, 2020 1:30PM - 2:50PM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

BUSINESS & ED COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2020

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST 2020

7:50AM - 8:50AM

7:50AM - 8:50AM

GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL,

GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL,

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS LUNCHEON

COMMUNITY PROSPERITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2020

THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2020 9:50AM - 10:50AM

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL,

1 COUNTRY CLUB DR., SELINSGROVE, PA

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

YOUNG AMERICAN'S COMMITTEE

BUSINESS & ED COMMITTEE MEETING

11:15AM - 1:00PM

FINANCIAL FRIDAY FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH, 2020 8:50AM - 9:00AM TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

FRIDAY, JAN. 17TH, 2020

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FINANCIAL FRIDAY

FINANCIAL FRIDAY

FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 5RD, 2020

8:50AM - 9:00AM

8:50AM - 9:00AM

TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 5RD, 2020

11:50AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, FEB. 10TH, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22ND, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17851

RIBBON CUTTING - NICOLE SPOTTS, STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL THURSDAY, FEB. 13TH, 2020 5:50PM - 7:50PM ROONEY'S PUB - WEST MILTON, PA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25RD, 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM 93 CHESTNUT ST, MIFFLINBURG, PA 17844

BUSINESS ON TAP THURSDAY, JAN. 23RD, 2020 5:50PM - 7:50PM THREE BEARDS BREWING 109 CARROLL RD, SUNBURY, PA 17801 THREE BEARDS BREWING COMPANY IS OPENING THEIR DOORS FOR A PRIVATE

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FRIDAY, FEB. 14TH, 2020 7:50AM - 8:50AM HOSS'S - 5154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 YOUNG AMERICAN S COMMITTEE TUESDAY, FEB. 18TH, 2020 1:50PM - 2:50PM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING

YOUNG AMERICAN'S SEMINAR

MONDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2020

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2020

12:00PM - 1:00PM

7:30AM- 2:00PM

BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST.,

THE COUNTRY CUPBOARD- 101 HAFER

LEWISBURG, PA 17857

RD., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL

THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2020

THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2020

5:50PM - 7:50PM

5:30PM - 7:50PM

OLD FORGE BREWING - DANVILLE, PA

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TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2020

7:50AM - 8:50AM

7:50AM - 8:50AM

HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

HOSS'S - 5154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

YOUNG AMERICAN'S COMMITTEE

EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020

MONDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2020

1:30PM - 2:50PM

12:00PM - 1:00PM

GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL,

BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST.,

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

LEWISBURG, PA 17837

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2020

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2020

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COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19TH, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

THE GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!

8:00AM - 9:00AM

8:00AM - 9:00AM

FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ.

FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ.

TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19TH, 2020 11:30AM- 1:00PM HOSS'S - 3154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2020

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2020

JOINT LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST FRIDAY, FEB. 21ST, 2020 7:50AM - 9:00AM THE COUNTRY CUPBOARD 101 HAFER RD., LEWISBURG, PA 17857

JOIN US AS WE MEET THE BREWERS, MINGLE WITH MEMBERS AND ENJOY SOME DELICIOUS LOCAL CRAFT BREWS! SPYGLASS RIDGE WINERY WILL ALSO HAVE SOME LIBATIONS TO ENJOY! REGISTRATION INCLUDES ENTRANCE

11:30AM - 1:00PM

11:30AM - 1:00PM

HOSS'S - 5154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

HOSS'S - 5154 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL,

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

JOINT LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

INTO THE PRIVATE EVENT, A SNEAK PEAK OF THE BREWERY AND LIGHT APPETIZERS. CASH BAR IS AVAILABLE (MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ATTEND.) REGISTRATION FOR MEMBERS IS $15 AND $20 FOR NON-MEMBERS.

RSVP AT GSVCC.ORG W.L.S. COMMITTEE MEETING TUESDAY, JAN. 28TH, 2020 8:50AM - 9:50AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

RIBBON CUTTING - BRIGHTFARMS

1 LORIAN DR., SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE MEETING

THE COUNTRY CUPBOARD 101 HAFER RD., LEWISBURG, PA 17857

2020 GSVCC FOOD & WINE FEST CHAIR'S CIRCLE BREAKFAST

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, FEB. 28TH, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM CHEF'S PLACE - 139 S. FRONT ST., MILTON

10:50AM - 12:00PM

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11:50AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

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-------Ribbon Cutting---------CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA REGIONAL 9-1-1 RIBBON CUTTING Selinsgrove, PA - The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce was excited to host a Ribbon Cut­ ting Ceremony to celebrate the Central Susquehanna Regional 9-1-1.

with one another to create a separate legal entity known as “Central Susquehanna Regional 9-1-1 System”. CSR911 is governed jointly pursuant to the terms of the intergovernmental agree­ ment which was adopted by each county on December 20, 2016.

After several years of plan­ ning Union County 9-1-1 and Snyder County 9-1-1 are now fully integrated into Cen­ tral Susquehanna Regional 9-1-1 System (CSR9Ì 1). This merge is a result of a joint effort by the Union and Snyder County Commission­ ers to bring better service to residents while lowering the continuously increasing costs of 9-1-1 delivery. “Looking at PEMA Funding and the soaring costs of 9-1-1, we knew something needed to be changed” Commissioner Showers acknowledged.

Former Army Military Police Sergeant and Snyder County Emergency Services Depart­ ment Head Cheryl Stiefel was hired as Executive Director of the newly formed organi­ zation. “Cheryl spent many years on a General Mo­ tors Project Team and has a masters and doctorate in business administration. “She is a good fit for where we were and where we wanted to go” Joinder Co-Chair John Mathias recognized. Shortly after, Chad Aucker with two decades of 9-1-1 and emer­ gency services experience was hired as CSR911 Opera­ tions Manager. “Chad was an obvious choice for Operations Manager” Stiefel acknowl­ edged “his vast knowledge of 9-1-1 and 9-1-1 technol­ ogy are the backbone of our organization.” Throughout 2017 the administrative team was developed, the new entity established, and joint opera­ tional procedures determined through a series of first re­ sponder committee meetings. On December 31, 2017 at 2250 Snyder and Union County officially said good­ bye through an open radio message. At 2300 “Central” emerged with Snyder and

In the spring of 2016 Snyder Commissioners Kantz, Derk and Chamberlain Roup, and Union County Commissioners Boop, Mathias, and Showers approved a study to deter­ mine the feasibility of a joint Snyder and Union County 9-1-1 Center. “We have had successful partnerships with Snyder County in other areas” stated Commissioner Boop “9-1-1 appeared to be another viable collaboration.” The study, conducted by MCM Consulting Group, revealed the merge was feasible with a $1M savings over the course of 7 years. In early Decem­ ber 2016 each county signed an ordinance to enter into an intergovernmental agreement

Pictured Lto R: State Representative Linda Culver, Commissioner Preston Boop, Commissioner Peggy Chamberlain Showers, Co-Chair Commissioner Joe Kantz, Co-Chair Commissioner John Mathias, Chamber of Commerce President Derk, CSR911 Executive Director Cheryl Stiefel, State Representative David Rowe, CSR911 Operations Manager Chad Aucker

Union County employees be­ came CSR911. Both Snyder and Union County continued to physically work from each location with separate CAD and phone system. January 29, 2018 the Union County location merged to the Snyder County location phone sys­ tem. Feb. 1, 2018 the com­ bined Fire/EMS and Police standard operating guidelines were placed into service. Groundbreaking on the new consolidated building located in Snyder County occurred in July of 2018. Tn conjunc­ tion with the field users, programming of the new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system continued

throughout 2018 and into 2019. “A new CAD System, phone system, and building are all large stand alone proj­ ects. CSR911 has done them all simultaneously.” Opera­ tions Manager Chad Aucker muses “we’ve had our work cut out for us”. By the spring of 2019 CSR911 was ready to physically merge into the new state of the art center. As planned, the Union County side cut over on April 30, 2019 and the Snyder County side on May 14, 2019. “The consolidation did not hap­ pen overnight” recognized Commissioner Knepp “9-1 -1 is a complicated system. Small steps were taken while planning out all the intricate

Roup, Commissioner Lee Knepp, Commissioner John & CEO Bob Garett, Former Commissioner Malcolm

details.” The consolidation project was paid for through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Statewide Intercon­ nectivity grant. By combin­ ing the centers, Union and Snyder Counties were able to purchase new equipment, facilities and infrastructure for 9-1-1. “The majority of cost savings are not in the daily operation, but in the contin­ ued equipment purchases as items become end of life. The consolidation has afforded us the opportunity to refresh our equipment giving us another 20 years of solid infrastruc­ ture” stated Commissioner

Mathias. Over the past four years, by participating in regional projects, CSR911 has received over $4.5M of PEMA interstate connectivity awards. Commissioner Kantz adds “sharing core functions among counties 9-1-1 is a win-win. The interconnec­ tivity allows us to back each other up in extreme situations and the State provides us with the funds to do it.” Consolidation is not the end for CSR911 savings. “We will continue to look for opportunities to leverage funding while maintaining the integrity of the organization” Kantz committed.

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only an easily accessible path for walking, jogging and bik­ ing but also fantastic views of the beautiful Union County countryside. Users come from all over the Valley to enjoy a pleasant stroll or ride among the farms and fields of Union County.

The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) was purchased by the Union County Trail Authority (UCTA) in June 2019 and is the first portion of the plan for a network of trails throughout Union County. Stretching 9.2 miles from Market Street in Lewisburg to 10th Street, Mifflinburg, the Rail Trail offers a unique opportunity for both transportation AND recreation. Established in 2011 by the then Lewisburg Recreation Authority, the trail has become the host of several an­ nual events including Girls on the Run 5k and the 100+ mile UnPAved bicycle race. A mixture of paved and unpaved sections of the trail offer, not

Three trail heads: Lewisburg, Vicksburg and Mifflinburg, make it easy to choose a com­ fortable distance to walk, bike or jog. Similarly, the experi­ ences on either end of the trail provide even more incentive to get outside! Ride from Vicksburg to the Lewisburg Farmer’s Market and return with not only your fresh fruits and vegetables, but also a healthy workout. Or take a

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0 GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER Member News

A Successful Holiday Season for the Greater Susquehanna Va ey Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce joined the Bucknell Small Business Development Center for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Autism Behavior Resources. Autism Behavior Resources is a company creating a community that understands and accepts individuals with special needs and their families.

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The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2019 Holiday Season with their annual Chamber Holiday Party. The party was held at Chefs Place in Milton which brought a record high attendance of well over 100 Chamber members. Chamber members spread holiday cheer with one another over delicious hors d’oeuvres and libations while Saxman Ravi performed smooth jazz. There was also a scavenger hunt at the Milton Model Train Museum which was running in all of its glory, all night long. The winner of the scavenger

hunt, and a Soupie Brothers Holiday Basket, was Teri MacBride from the League of Women Voters. The party was sponsored by T.T.M.E. The Improved Milton Experience, a non­ profit corporation which focuses on community revitalization and runs Chefs Place, the Milton Model Train Museum and many other programs in Milton. Together both T.I.M.E. and the GSV Chamber celebrated the season of giving by collecting dozens of canned food items that were donated to the Central PA Food Bank. The following week the infamous GSV Young

Professionals 4th Annual Jingle Mingle took place at The Bull Run Tap House in Lewisburg where everyone mixed and mingled in their ugly Christmas sweaters. The event was sponsored by Diversified Construction and Meck-Tech Inc. who handed out tons of fun prizes including a set of travel chairs which was given to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest winner Keith Boyer from UPMC Susquehanna. In addition to fun games and networking the Young Professionals raised $350 for the All Inclusive Playground in Selinsgrove.

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January Stops for the Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus

Greater Susquehanna Valley Young Professionals at the 4th Annual Jingle Mingle at the Bull Run Tap House in Lewisburg.

__________ Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the Hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot- bus throughout the area. For January, upcoming locations are as follows: Northumberland County • Tuesday, January 14, 7-10 am, comprehensive blood screening at Weis Markets, 339 West Walnut Street, Shamokin. Fee: $50. Call 570-768-3200 for appointments. Union County • Wednesday, January 15,10 am-noon, FREE bone density screening at the West End Library, 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton. Call 570-768-3200 for information. • Thursday, January 16,9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Green Ridge Market, 811 Forest Hill Rd, Mifflinburg.

Call 570-768-3200 for information. Montour County • Tuesday, January 21, 9-11 am, FREE bone density screening at Burkholder’s Farm Market, Intersection of Routes 54 and 254, Washingtonville. Call 570-7683200 for information. Snyder County • Thursday, January 23,9-11 am, FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at L&L Marketplace, 55 Bickel Road, Middleburg. Call 570768-3200 for information. Lycoming County • Tuesday, January 28,9-11 am, FREE bone density screening at Surplus Outlet, 5464 US Highway 15, Montgomery. Call 570-768-3200 for information. Snyder County • Friday, January 31,9-11 am,

FREE blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at Snyder County Produce Auction, 6130 South Susquehanna Trail, Port Trevorton. Call 570-768-3200 for information. To find out more about the services available through Mobile Health of Evangelical and where it will be stopping, call 1-833-251-0187 or visit www.evanhospital.com/ MobileHealth. Mobile Health of Evangelical was introduced in 2018 as a new service of Evangelical Community Hospital to increase access to healthcare in the more rural communities of the Susquehanna Valley. An extension of the Hospital, the bus provides space for comprehensive blood screenings, free health screens, wellness education outreach, and specialty care such as primary, women’s health, and cardiac visits.

Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce staff Chris Berleth, Executive Director of Membership, Vanessa Venios, Director of Communications and Bob Garrett, President & CEO at the GSV Holiday Party at Chef's Place in Milton.

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Learn it, Live it, Lead it! How to have the best year ever! I recently turned 66 years old, according to what my calendar is showing me. I don’t feel 66. We often see ourselves, let’s say, as we remember in our finest moments. A high school prom, a new job position or even our wedding day. Most of all at this time of year, I find reflection is highly needed. What will I do differently next year? What will I do to grow my leadership influence? How will I grow? Mark Twain tells us that the two greatest days in a persons life are the day we are born and the day we know why. To help us answer our what,

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from others? 3. The experiences we have, shape us! We might not all have the same experiences, but everyone has them. It’s my choice to either stumble or climb. Have I chosen to mourn or learn from the experience? Searching for your best year ever? Searching to become the best version of you that you can be? Taking the time to reflect, reduces stress and increases personal growth. Reflection, like a GPS, helps us to move from who we are to who we want to be. Let us reflect on 2019 and use these observations to make 2020 our best year ever.

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Ribbon Cuttings SEDA-COG - Shamokin Nature's Medicine

Photo (L-R): Kathy Vetovich, president, SABER; Robert Slaby, Shamokin administrator; Christ Berleth, Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce; Sam Schiccatano, Northumberland County commissioner; Katie Hetherington-Cunfer, U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser's office; Martha Milbrand, state Sen. John Gordner's office; state Rep. Kurt Masser; Betsy Kramer, revital­ ization coordinator, SEDA-COG; Mayor John Brown, City of Shamokin; Mayor Scott Roughton, Shamokin City Council; Charles Verano, Shamokin City Council; Barbara Moyer, Shamokin City Council; Denise Scandle, Shamokin City treasurer; Andrew Miller, Susquehanna Valley River Valley Chamber of Commerce; Kathy Jeremiah, president, Anthracite Region for Progress/FACTOR; Bill Seigel, executive director, SEDA-COG.

Congratulations to SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) on their new downtown office at 525 N. Market St., Shamokin. This officially kicks off the partnership efforts to revitalize the community between Shamokin City Council, Shamokin Area Businesses for Economic Revitalization (SABER), and SEDACOG, said Bill Seigel, SEDA-COG executive director. “Shamokin is experiencing a rebirth and a synergy. Our partners, along with many others, have recognized the opportunity in the Shamokin area to guide the city into a revitalization revolution,” Seigel said. The Partnership for Revitalization is funded for three years through a $300,000 Keystone Communities Fund grant, thanks to state Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/ Northumberland).

Photo (L-R): Michael Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc.; Nick Anderson, Assistant Manager of Nature's Medicine; Daniel Regional Manager of Nature's Medicine; Scott Franciscus, General Manager of Nature's Medicine; Sarah Assistant Manager of Nature's Medicine, Dave Herbert, GSVCC Board Treasurer; Stephanie McKinney, Monroe Supervisors; Sam Thomas, Diversified Construction

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Selinsgrove, PA - The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Nature’s Medicine in Selinsgrove to celebrate their official grand opening. Neighboring Chamber members joined in on the celebration and met with Nature’s Medicine staff to welcome them to the neighborhood. “We are happy to welcome Nature’s Medicine to Monroe Township” - Stephanie McKinney of Monroe Township Supervisors “We are excited to have a new business down the street from us and are happy to be here to welcome them as new Chamber members!” - Michael Thomas, Project Engineer at Meck-Tech, Inc. Nature’s Medicine is located at 1420 North Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including all holidays.

SEDA-COG is strengthening public and private investments by immersing itself in the community and offering its staff of 45 Economic Development, Community Development, Information Technology, and Housing specialists toward the effort. Leading this effort is Betsy Kramer, SEDA-COG’s revitalization coordinator. She will staff the Shamokin office Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. “SEDA-COG has committed itself to guide, facilitate, and support the outstanding work of the many public and private groups and individuals who are committed to investing in Shamokin,” Seigel said.

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Photo (L-R): Front row: Brandi Hoffman, FSS Universal Agent; and Missy Peifer, Vice President Human Resources. Middle row: Suzette Sands, Administrative Assistant to the CEO; Elisabeth Taylor, Assistant Vice President Audit & Compliance; Tammy Lytle, Loan Support Specialist; Barbara Zlotorzynski, Operations Support Supervisor; Mary Kate Mashack, IS Project Coordinator; Seleca Solomon, Operations Specialist; Barbara Silverstrim, Accounting Specialist; Traci Herbst, Indirect Lending Coordinator; and Coleen Snover, Assistant Vice President Training & Development. Back row: Nicole Hoyes, Centralized Lending Coordinator; Linda Brown, Chief Administrative Officer; Jeff Balestrini, Chief Lending Officer; Eric Steen, Loan Processor; Seth Loff, Business Relationship Specialist; Mike Thomas, Chief Financial Officer; Scott Temple, Vice President Specialized Lending; Bill Lavage, President/CEO; Brett Johnson, Vice President Lending; Dave Shope, Assistant Vice President Business Development; Amanda Hamer, Indirect Lending Specialist; Mark Zimmerman, Loan Support Specialist; Rachael Herb, Assistant Market Manager; Erica Umbel, Administrative Assistant to CAO; Colleen Phillips, Vice President Marketing; Karen Wood, Chief Experience Officer; and Lauren Maurer, Member Service Representative.

Photo (L-R): Pictured from left to right: Cutting the ribbon at the new Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center, Sue Greene, Chair, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce; Jim Mathias, former President of the Miller Center Board of Directors; TeaJay Aikey, President & CEO, Central PA Chamber of Commerce; Bonnie McDowell, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Susquehanna Valley, YMCA; Matt Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, Geisinger; and Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce had the honor of facilitating the ribbon cutting ceremony in December which celebrated the transition of the Miller Center to a joint venture of Evangelical and Geisinger and welcoming the YMCA as the operational partner. A brief welcome was shared by Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital, thanking everyone who came together over the last three months to make the collaboration possible. The ribbon was then cut to applause from business leaders in attendance and as members checked in for their daily dose of wellness and fitness activities.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS • Soupie Brothers, LLC Contact: Keith Good PO Box 453 Mount Carmel, PA 17851 570.764.1761

www.soupiebrothers.com Dry, cured Soupie, direct from the coal region of PA. Ground pork and spices, stuffed in an all­ natural casing, hung for 12 weeks, and then aged.

• Brookside Bikes LLC Contact: Daniel Zimmerman 600 Conley Rd. Mifflinburg, PA 17844 (570) 966-1062

www.facebook.com/ brooksidebikesmifflinburg Brookside Bikes is a family-owned and operated Trek and Fuji Bicycle Dealership offering cycling accessories and full-service bicycle repair. Located just north of Mifflinburg, PA, we also offer a selection of electric bikes.

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(Danville, PA) - Service 1st Federal Credit Union employees took part in No Shave/Nail Polish November raising awareness and funds to benefit Pints for Prostates. Pints for Prostates is a non­ profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection. With support from Service 1st employees, members and the community, the credit union raised $2,400. Service 1st employees showed support for the initiative in a number of ways. Some grew in their beards and mustaches, while others painted their nails blue. On November 15, a bake sale was held at all Service 1st branch locations. Everyone who visited received blue awareness ribbons. This is the eighth year Service 1st has participated in No Shave/Nail Polish November. For more information about Service 1st, call 800.562.6049, or visit www.servicel.org. PAbout Pints for Prostates: Founded in 2008 by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke, the charity and campaign raise awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection. Pints for Prostates is a registered 501(c)3 charity and counts on the support of volunteers across the country to organize events and staff information booths at festivals. Funds generated by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men with the

disease. In addition to funding its education and awareness efforts, Pints for Prostates supports other 501(c)3 organizations involved in the fight against prostate cancer. Visit pintsforprostates.org to learn more. About Service 1st: We’re a little different, but that’s why you’ll like us. Service 1st Federal Credit Union is a fullservice financial institution with total assets exceeding $420 million. We put the financial goals of our 34,000

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The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Receives Congressional Recognition as Chamber of the Year Shamokin Dam, PA - The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce was joined by Chamber members, and Board Directors, on Monday, November 25th to witness an official Congressional Recognition by U.S. Congressman Fred Keller. The Congressional Record states: “On behalf of the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, congratulations to the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce on being named the Chamber of the Year by the

Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals. Tocated in Shamokin Dam, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has been in operation for 99 years and is a conglomeration of other local chambers, some of which are older than the main organization. It was named Chamber of the Year based upon its organizational strengths, including programs that encourage networking and a chamber ambassador program. The chamber’s most recent success is in attracting Luzerne

County Community College to open a branch campus in Watsontown, Pennsylvania. Chamber officials credit its success to the work of its members and staff working together to achieve positive economic outcomes for the people of the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Again, congratulations to the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and to president and CEO Bob Garrett on receiving the Chamber of the Year award.” - Signed Fred Keller, Member of Congress

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