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Life is full of partners. Your health deserves one, too. Among your priorities in life are the health and happiness of your family. At Lehigh Valley Health Network, we’re striving to do everything we can to help you be the healthiest you can be. Learn more at LVHN.org or call 888-402-LVHN.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA

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Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Welcome!.........................................................6 Welcome to Schuylkill County!.................................................6 Testimonials.............................................................................................8 Chamber of Commerce................................................................10 The 411....................................................................................................... 12 Demographics ....................................................................................16 Community Profiles Ashland................................................................................................. 20 Frackville............................................................................................... 21 Mahanoy City.....................................................................................22 Orwigsburg.........................................................................................23 Pine Grove........................................................................................... 24 Pottsville............................................................................................... 25 Schuylkill Haven............................................................................. 26 Shenandoah.......................................................................................27 Tamaqua.............................................................................................. 28 Chamber Affiliations........................................................................ 29 Things to See and Do....................................................................30 Business: Young Business Entrepreneurs ..................... 34 Economic Development.............................................................. 36 Health Care............................................................................................ 38 Education................................................................................................40 Advertiser Index................................................................................. 43

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This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce 1 Progress Cir., Ste. 201 Pottsville, PA 17901 Phone: (570) 622-1942 • Fax: (570) 622-1638 www.schuylkillchamber.com Copyright© 2020 Town Square Publications 95 W. Algonquin Rd., Ste. 300, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone Vice President / Director | Scott Ray Production Manager | Joseph Nugara Editor | Gail Gaboda Senior Project Coordinator | Stefanie Nugara Production Coordinator | Amber D. Burger Graphic Designer | Darren Hinerman Senior Advertising Coordinator | Tiffany Hogan Advertising Coordinator | Jan Bruns Directory Coordinator | Michael Sumrak Contributing Writer | Bob Musinski Contributing Photos | Don Holohan Acquisition Manager | Tom O’Sullivan

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WELCOME

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elcome to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Community Guide. We have created this publication to assist in experiencing the greater Schuylkill County area. The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is the recognized hub for business and nonprofit activity, associated with nine community affiliate chambers and business associations across the greater Schuylkill County area. These community affiliate relationships allow each community business association to independently work while receiving assistance from the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce for overarching programs, services and dues sharing. The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is honored to be recognized and embraced as the key linkage to our business community. We are proud of our hard working people, representing a cultural “melting pot” of diversity, from many ancestral backgrounds. Our workforce and their commitment to excellence are unsurpassed. We are equally blessed that from this outstanding group of citizens, rises a volunteerism unsurpassed anywhere. We represent the third-largest geographical area by county in Pennsylvania, spanning 783 square miles. We are rural by definition and yet “metropolitan” by our business base, boasting many Fortune 500 companies. We are conveniently located and traversed by major highway connectors, including Interstate 81 and PA State 61, connecting Interstate 81 and Interstate 78. This connectivity allows us to be within three hours travel to major East coast

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elcome to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Community Guide. I have spent close to 20 years working in some aspect with the great staff of the Chamber, and I am continually amazed by the progress that is made every single year. We see growth in membership, expansion of offerings to our members, a fantastic staff and one of the most impressive board of directors in the county. The Schuylkill Chamber is proud to represent the amazing businesses in our great county. We have such a vast array of companies in our Chamber, that are some of the best locally and globally, in what they do. We need to support each other, buy products from each other, work as a team to solve community challenges. If we dedicate ourselves to this proposition, we will succeed. We are better together, stronger together. That not only helps the businesses we represent, but also the employees we hire, the families we support and our various communities that need and deserve our support. The breadth of services at our Chamber is unmatched. Effective advocacy by our Transportation and Government Affairs Committees make sure that our voices are heard at

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cities including Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and 20% percent of the U.S. population. Our rural nature, picturesque mountains and rolling valleys, coupled with our fantastic natural resources, attract many to our area. Those attracted to our area through tourism and unique shopping opportunities may find it a great place to relocate, to raise a family and/or build a business. We have achieved over 100 years of service to our community, through advocacy, leadership development, networking, education, marketing and advertising for those we serve. Schuylkill County is successful because we work so well in collaboration and partnership. We are a county that also embraces small businesses, and downtown revitalization is underway in many of our communities bringing the best of business and local communities together. Schuylkill County, our businesses and nonprofits, have truly survived the test of time, by continuing the best work from the past and evolving our assets for the future. The mission of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce is “dedicated to serving members while improving life and economic growth in our community.” This mission motivates us in representing the interests of business both individually and collectively in order to create and sustain a strong economy and quality of life throughout our region. Sincerely,

Robert S. Carl, Jr. President & CEO

all levels of government. Schuylkill Women in Business, Nonprofit Committee, Agribusiness Committee and the Schuylkill Young Professionals provide opportunities for members with similar goals and challenges to meet and find new ways to succeed. Our Member Services Committee, Ambassadors and the Education Committees are constantly surprising me with even more benefits to be a member of this great organization. The simple fact is, if you want to succeed in business in Schuylkill County, the Chamber is your No. 1 resource. I strongly encourage you to join if you are not a member. If you are one of our members, get even more involved! There is no shortage of opportunity. Networking mixers, educational luncheons, legislative leadership discussions and holiday parties are always on the schedule. I am unbelievably proud to have been involved with this Chamber, its Board of Directors, and Executive Committee. And I am even more proud of representing such a great membership and group of communities. I thank you all for this privilege, and promise to continue to work hard to make our Chamber better each day. John Powers Chair

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TESTIMONIALS

Jamie Barton “Jack Rich, Inc.’s membership in the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce pre-dates 1970! I’ve been working for the Rich family since 1989 and the chamber has been, and continues to be, a part of my business network and portfolio. I serve on the executive board of directors as well as the Government Affairs and Education committees and I contribute to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Schuylkill) as an instructor. Very much like our community, you get out of the chamber what you put into it. You reap what you sow. Engaging myself with the chamber board and committees, and enrolling into their multiple programs has opened countless business networks and opportunities for our company.” – Jamie Barton, Jack Rich, Inc.

Peter J. Keitsock “Avenues has been a member of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce since 1996. In that time, Avenues has enjoyed consistent growth. Being engaged with the chamber has helped us considerably with that growth. The chamber has provided our employees with various educational opportunities, including Schuylkill Leadership. In addition, participating in chamber events and activities has increased Avenues social capital, which is critical for successful nonprofits.” – Peter J. Keitsock, Avenues

Keith Masser “The chamber has been a terrific business partner for the Masser family of companies over the years. Providing value business and educational opportunities that meet the needs of our agribusinesses; further strengthening the economic development of Schuylkill County.” – Keith Masser, Sterman Masser Potato Farms

Patrick Jones “Penn State Schuylkill enjoys a strong partnership with the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce. One of our signature collaborations is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), which we are proud to host. We are currently working with the chamber and its members to develop Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op, a premier cooperative education program to address regional workforce needs and strengthen our communities. The chamber is a vital asset in these efforts to make Schuylkill County a better place to live, work and do business.” – Patrick Jones, Penn State Schuylkill

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Attending Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce functions and events is a great way to network and meet business connections. Many of our employees have attended leadership training over the years and have benefited from it. We value our membership and the many benefits that come along with it.” – Kim Lorimer, The Evans Network of Companies

Savas Logothetides “The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce has been the perfect vehicle to help me take my business to the next level. The chamber helped facilitate my business expansion into Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, both financially and through the creation of important relationships within the community. I look at the chamber staff and the many members as partners that have been able to help me accomplish my business goals.” – Savas Logothetides, Wheel Restaurant

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair: John Powers Ashland Technologies, Inc. 1st Vice Chair: Shannon Brennan Schuylkill Technology Centers 2nd Vice Chair: Mark Wiederhold Cougle’s Recycling, Inc. Treasurer: Kim Lorimer The Evans Network of Companies Secretary: Cynthia Mensch Alvernia University - Schuylkill Center President & CEO: Robert S. Carl, Jr. Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Past Chair: Edward Keyworth, III Pottsville Provision Company Jamie Barton Jack Rich, Inc. Savas Logothetides Wheel Restaurant BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gary Bender Schuylkill County Government Jim Brennan Mid Penn Bank Denise Calderone Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson John DeAngelo Wegmans

Robert DeColli, Jr., DO Lehigh Valley Physicians Group Peter Keitsock Avenues Michelle Lewandowski Riverview Bank Alvin B. Marshall, Esquire Marshall, Bohorad, Thornburg, Price & Campion, PC Dr. Darcy Medica Penn State Schuylkill Lisa Robinson Penn State Schuylkill Tom Yashinsky ARRO Consulting, Inc. Jessica Dean Power Kunkle Benefits Consulting Maureen Donovan Lehigh Carbon Community College Mary Beth Dougherty Office of Senator David Argall Debbie Yuengling Ferhat D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. J.T. Herber, Esquire Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC Jerry Labooty The Greystone Restaurant

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SCHUYLKILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2019-2020

Francesco Mercuri AdviseMint Financial Partners Patrick F. Moran Schuylkill EMS William Reppy Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill Jenna St. Clair Schuylkill Conservation District Monica Walborn St. Luke’s University Health Network Joshua Burgess CACL Federal Credit Union Harry Ciavarella M&T Bank

Michael Hammer Hydro Trey Hook Aerotek Patrick Leitzel The Seltzer Group David March McGriff Insurance Services Jesarela Ravelo Walmart DC7030 Ed Winkelbauer Insurance Agency Alliance

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American Computer Associates, Inc. BB&T Capital BlueCross Carmelo’s Roman Delight

Hydro Jack Rich, Inc. Michael Foods, Inc / Papetti’s Hygrade Egg Products

Alfred Benesch & Company Alvernia University - Schuylkill Center Avenues Boyer’s Food Markets, Inc. CACL Federal Credit Union County Waste of Pennsylvania Crane Insurance Agency Inc. Fabcon Precast First National Bank & Trust Company

Fulton Bank Heim Construction Company, Inc. Koch’s Turkey Farm - Lewistown Valley Enterprises, Inc. Lehigh Carbon Community College Leon E. Wintermyer, Inc. Mauch Chunk Trust Company Mid Penn Bank Mosteller & Associates

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Mrs. T’s Pierogies/Ateeco, Inc. Penn State Schuylkill Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. Power Kunkle Benefits Consulting

Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza & Restaurant Wells Fargo

EXECUTIVE Paul Kennedy Penske Truck Leasing Peoples Security Bank & Trust Populytics, Inc. Pottsville Area School District PPL Corporation Providence Place Senior Living Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson Schuylkill Center Genesis Healthcare

Schuylkill Country Club Schuylkill County Municipal Authority Shenandoah Senior Living Community Solar Innovations, Inc. Spotts Insurance Group St. Clair & Associates, P.C. Tompkins VIST Bank | Insurance Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC

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THE 411 EMERGENCY/ MEDICAL

In case of an emergency, please dial 911. Hospitals Geisinger St. Luke’s ........................(272) 639‑1000 100 Paramount Blvd. Orwigsburg, PA 17961 www.slhn.org Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill ................................................(570) 621‑4000 700 E. Norwegian St. Pottsville, PA 17901 www.lvhn.org St. Luke’s Miners Campus........... (570) 645‑2131 360 W. Ruddle St. Coaldale, PA 18218 www.slhn.org

MEDIA

Digital News Skook News www.skooknews.com/ Magazines Schuylkill Living Magazine........(570) 622‑3456 www.republicanherald.com/schuylkillliving-magazine Schuylkill Plus......................................(570) 339‑5177 www.schuylkillplus.com Newspapers The Citizen Standard (Hegins Valley).................................... (570) 682‑9081 www.citizenstandard.com Republican Herald...........................(570) 622‑3456 www.schuylkill.com South Schuylkill News (Schuylkill Haven)..............................(570) 385‑3120 www.southschuylkill.net

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Times News........................................... (610) 377‑2051 www.tnonline.com Radio Stations WAVT-FM 101.9 (Pottsville)........ (570) 622‑1360 www.t102radio.com WLSH-AM 1410 (Lansford)..........(570) 645‑3123 www.wmgh.com/wlsh.html WMGH-FM 105.5 (Tamaqua).... (570) 645‑2105 www.wmgh.com/wmgh.html

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WPPA-AM 1360 (Pottsville)....... (570) 622‑1360 www.wpparadio.com

One West Centre St. ......................(570) 773‑0891 Mahonoy City, PA 17948

WPPA-FM 105.9 (Pottsville)....... (570) 622‑1360 www.wpparadio.com

Representatives Jerry Knowles...................................... (717) 787‑9029 314C Main Capitol Building P.O. Box 202124 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2124 www.repknowles.com/

Penn’s Peak Radio...........................(610) 826‑9668 www.pennspeakradio.com Television Stations WBRE-TV (Wilkes-Barre)............(570) 823‑2828 www.pahomepage.com

237 West Broad St............................(570) 668‑1240 Tamaqua, PA 18252

WNEP-TV (Scranton).......................(570) 346‑7474 www.wnep.com

Mike Tobash.......................................... (717) 260‑6148 4B East Wing PO Box 202125 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125 www.reptobash.com/

WOLF-TV (Plains).............................(570) 970‑5600 www.fox56.com

988 East Main St................................(570) 385‑8235 Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

WGAL-TV (Lancaster)..................... (717) 393‑5851 www.wgal.com

WYOU-TV (Scranton).....................(570) 823‑2828 www.pahomepage.com Public Television WITF (Harrisburg)..............................(717) 704‑3000 www.witf.org WVIA (Pittston)....................................(570) 826‑6144 www.wvia.org

GOVERNMENT

FEDERAL U.S. Senators Robert P. Casey Jr............................. (202) 224‑6324 393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.................(866) 802‑2833 www.casey.senate.gov Patrick J. Toomey ..............................(202) 224‑4254 248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 www.toomey.senate.gov U.S. Representatives Daniel Meuser......................................(202) 225‑5546 326 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 https://meuser.house.gov/ 121 Progress Ave., Ste. 310.......... (570) 871‑6370 Pottsville, PA 17901 STATE Senators David G. Argall......................................(717) 787‑2637 171 Main Capitol Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029 www.senatorargall.com/ 100 North Centre St........................ (570) 621‑3400 Pottsville, PA 17901

Neal P. Goodman...............................(717) 787‑2798 512-E Main Capitol Building P.O. Box 202123 Harrisburg, PA 17120 www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/ home/member_information/house_bio. cfm?id=1029 Neal P. Goodman Office 18 N. Second St................................. (570) 773‑3075 Saint Clair, PA 17970 39 West Centre St............................. (570) 773‑3075 Mahanoy City, PA 17948

LIBRARIES

Ashland Public Library................... (570) 875‑3175 1229 Centre St. Ashland, PA 17921 www.ashlandpubliclibrary.org Frackville Free Public Library..... (570) 874‑3382 56 N. Lehigh Ave. Frackville, PA 17931 www.frackvillelibrary.com Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library.......................................(570) 366‑1638 216 W. Independence St. Orwigsburg, PA 17961 www.orwigsburglibrary.com Pottsville Free Public Library......................................(570) 622‑8880 215 West Market St. Pottsville, PA 17901 www.pottsvillelibrary.org Ringtown Area Library..................(570) 889‑5503 132 W. Main St. Ringtown, PA 17967 www.ringtownlibrary.org

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Tamaqua Public Library ............ (570) 668-4660 30 S. Railroad St. Tamaqua, PA 18252 www.tamaquapl.com

EDUCATION

Public Schools Blue Mountain School District ....................................(570) 366-0515 685 Reddale Rd. Orwigsburg, PA 17961 www.bmsd.org Mahanoy Area School District .....................................(570) 773-3443 1 Golden Bear Dr. Mahanoy City, PA 17948 www.mabears.net Minersville Area School District .................................... (570) 544-1400 1 Battlin’ Miner Dr. P. O. Box 787 Minersville, PA 17954 www.battlinminers.com North Schuylkill School District ................................... (570) 874-0466 15 Academy Ln. Ashland, PA 17921 www.northschuylkill.net Panther Valley School District ....................................(570) 645-4248 1 Panther Way Lansford, PA 18232 www.panthervalley.org Pine Grove Area School District .....................................(570) 345-2731 103 School St. Pine Grove, PA 17963 www.pgasd.com Pottsville Area School District ....................................(570) 621-2900 1501 Laurel Blvd. Pottsville, PA 17901 www.pottsville.k12.pa.us St. Clair Area School District..... (570) 429-2716 227 S. Mill St. Saint Clair, PA 17970 www.saintclairsd.org

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Schuylkill Haven Area School District ................................... (570) 385-6705 501 E. Main St. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 www.haven.k12.pa.us Shenandoah Valley School District .................................... (570) 462-1957 805 W. Centre St. Shenandoah, PA 17976 www.svbluedevils.org Tamaqua Area School District ................................... (570) 668-2570 138 W. Broad St. Tamaqua, PA 18252 www.tamaqua.k12.pa.us

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Tri-Valley School District.............(570) 682-9013 110 W. Main St. Valley View, PA 17983 www.tri-valley.k12.pa.us Williams Valley School District ......................................(717) 647-2167 10330 State Rte. 209 Tower City, PA 17980 www.wvschools.net Parochial Schools Marian Catholic High School... (570) 467-3335 166 Marian Ave. Tamaqua, PA 18252 www.mariancatholichs.org Nativity BVM High School ..........(570) 622-8110 1 Lawtons Hill Pottsville, PA 17901 www.nativitybvm.net

Penn State Schuylkill ...................(570) 385-6000 200 University Dr. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 www.schuylkill.psu.edu

UTILITIES

Cable & Satellite Providers Comcast ................................................. (610) 790-8833 www.comcast.com Service Electric Cablevision .... (570) 733-2585 www.secable.com Wire Tele-View Corporation .... (570) 622-4501 www.wtvaccess.com Gas, Electric & Propane Koppy’s Propane, Inc........................ (717) 647-7111 www.koppyspropane.com PPL Corporation .................................(610) 774-5249 www.pplweb.com

Charter School Gillingham Charter School ........(570) 955-3830 915 Howard Ave. Pottsville, PA 17901 www.gillinghamcharterschool.org

Williams.....................................................(412) 389-1122 www.williams.com

Special Education and Vocational Education Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 .................................................... (570) 544-9131 17 Maple Ave. Mar Lin, PA 17951 www.iu29.org

Jack Rich, Inc. ................................... (570) 622-3000 https://jackrich.com/

Schuylkill Technology Center South Campus ....................................... (570) 544-4748 15 Maple Ave. Mar-Lin, PA 17951-0110 www.stcenters.org Schuylkill Technology Center North Campus........................................ (570) 874-1034 101 Technology Dr. Frackville, PA 17931 www.stcenters.org St. Joseph Center for Special Learning.................................. (570) 622-4638 2075 W. Norwegian St. Pottsville, PA 17901 Higher Education Alvernia University Schuylkill Center...............................(570) 385-2382 1544 Rte. 61 Hwy S., Ste. 6190 Pottsville, PA 17901 www.alvernia.edu/schuylkill Empire Beauty School ................(507) 998-4149 396 Pottsville St. Clair Hwy. Pottsville, PA 17901 www.empire.edu Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursery ............................ (570) 621-5027 420 S. Jackson St.. Pottsvile, PA 17901 www.lccc.edu Lehigh Carbon Community College........................ (610) 799-2121 4525 Education Park Dr. Schnecksville, PA 18078 www.lccc.edu

Antz Energy Systems, Inc. ....... (570) 462-0446 www.antzenergy.com/

H B Steele & Son, Inc. ....................570- 366-1275 https://hbsteeleoil.com/ Telephone Green’s Communications, Inc..... (570) 628-5559 www.schmobile.com PenTeleData, LP ................................(800) 281-3564 www.penteledata.net Recycling Cougle’s Recycling, Inc. ..............(610) 562-8336 www.couglesrecycling.com Weiner Iron & Metal Corp. .........(570) 622-6543 www.weinermetals.com World Resources Company......(570) 622-4747 www.worldresourcescompany.com Waste Management Commonwealth Environmental Systems ............. (570) 695-3590 www.keystonelandfill.com County Waste of Pennsylvania ................................. (570) 874-3047 www.countyrecycling.net Disposal Management Service, Inc.............................................(570) 644-1374

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DEMOGRAPHICS

POPULATION, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

TOP 50 EMPLOYERS

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1. Wal-Mart Associates Inc. 2. State Government 3. Hydro Extrusion USA LLC 4. Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street 5. Wegmans Food Markets Inc 6. Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation 7. Lowe’s Home Centers LLC 8. Jeld-Wen Inc 9. County of Schuylkill 10. Federal Government 11. Saks & Company LLC 12. Boyer’s Food Markets, Inc. 13. St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Hospital 14. Pottsville Area School District 15. MI Windows and Doors Inc 16. Big Lots 17. Blue Mountain School District 18. Lear Corporation 19. Trans Western Polymers 20. Hexcel Pottsville Corporation 21. North Schuylkill School District 22. SMNRC LP 23. Sterman Masser, Inc. 24. First Quality Nonwovens Inc 25. Redner’s Tiger Markets Inc 26. The Redco Group 27. Hollander Sleep Products LLC 28. Tamaqua Area School District 29. Versum Materials US LLC 30. Fabcon Precast LLC 31. Van Hoekelen Greenhouses Inc 32. Tri-State Envelope Corporation 33. Schuylkill Haven Area School District 34. Pine Grove Area School District 35. Papettis Hygrade Egg Products 36. Ateeco, Inc. 37. Integrated Medical Group PC 38. Job Connections 39. Pleasant Valley Homes Inc 40. UFP Gordon LLC 41. Giant Food Stores LLC 42. Omnova Solutions Inc 43. Schuylkill Intermediate Unit No. 29 44. Schuylkill Center 45. Mahanoy Area School District 46. Avenues 47. Minersville Area School District 48. Prysmian Comm Cables & Sys USA 49. Shenandoah Valley School District 50. Williams Valley School District

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POPULATION BY OCCUPATION Civilian employed population 16 years+ Management, business, science, arts................................................................................27.8% Service.......................................................................................................................................................... 16.8% Sales and office..................................................................................................................................... 22.8% Natural resources, construction, maintenance......................................................... 10.6% Production, transportation, material moving...............................................................21.9% Source: U.S. Census

CLIMATE Average Annual Precipitation (in.).......................................................................................... 43.98 Average Annual Snow (in.).............................................................................................................30.91 Source: www.usa.com

INCOME Median Household Income..................................................................................................$45,535

EDUCATION SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA

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Less than ninth grade.........................................................................................................................3.2% Ninth to 12th grade, no diploma................................................................................................9.3% High school graduate...................................................................................................................... 47.7% Some college, no degree............................................................................................................14.9% Associate degree...................................................................................................................................9.4% Bachelor’s degree.................................................................................................................................9.8% Graduate or professional degree............................................................................................ 5.6% Source: U.S. Census

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Lowe’s, a Fortune 50 company and the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, employs approximately 300,000 associates, with more than 2,220 home improvement stores allowing us to serve more than 18 million customers each week. A typical Lowe’s store stocks approximately 34,000 items with hundreds of thousands of additional items available online.

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Locally, our Distribution Center in Pottsville, PA receives and ships product, servicing 106 stores in PA, NJ, MD, WV, VA, NY, and DE. The facility offers employment to more than 600 local residents on four different shifts. Community Involvement Lowe’s has always been known for its charitable contributions and community involvement all over the country, and locally our commitment is no different. Our team always strives to go above and beyond when coming to the aid of our community. Some of our recent community involvement includes Lowe’s Heroes, Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring, and Give Back Time Volunteer Program. Our Lowe's Heroes project allows our employees to volunteer and have a positive impact on the communities in which we live. In 2019, the indoor gymnasium/basketball court at the

YMCA in Tamaqua, PA was given a “makeover” as we patched the walls and painted the entire facility. We also participate in the annual Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring here in Schuylkill County. Past projects that Lowe’s RDC 961 associate volunteers were involved in include the improvement of the local Pottsville YMCA, where they painted, provided new shelving, laid new mulch, and planted flowers. At the Avenues Habilitation Center in Pottsville, volunteers painted the front lobby area. Day of Caring volunteers also planted flowers, laid mulch and added planters at the Mahanoy City CDC., and in 2019 our associates removed fencing at the Pottsville, PA Salvation Army facility. Lowe’s also offers a Give Back Time Volunteer Program. We provide all full-time associates with eight hours of paid time annually to assist communities and volunteer for a charitable organization that has a special place in their heart. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the program have been our schools, firehalls and local animal shelters. Additionally, we conduct employee sponsored events that raise money for other charities such as United Way and Toys for Tots. Lowe’s and our distribution center team is proud of our associates and we thank everyone for their support and involvement. We are a great company that strives to make our community a better place to live. Providing superior customer service requires superior people. Interested in learning more about opportunities at Lowe’s, or how best to apply? Visit www.jobs.lowes.com for current openings and additional information. Lowe’s #961 Regional Distribution Center High Ridge Industrial Park, Pottsville Pa – (I-81 exit 119)

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shland offers an idyllic rural setting with a variety of attractions, thriving businesses and natural beauty. “The Ashland area is a rural community with a hometown feel and with many farms in the area,” said Dr. Shannon Scheuren, president of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce. Pennsylvania Route 61 is the main connector between Ashland and many other nearby towns. “Route 61 runs through town, which provides easy access to the Interstate for travel, business and entertainment,” Scheuren said. “We are close to the Interstate 81 distribution centers, which provide jobs to the area.” The major industries in Ashland include:

Attractions are numerous in Ashland, with some focusing on the area’s strong tie-in with the mining of anthracite coal. For example, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine tour, Steam Train ride and the Museum of Anthracite Mining all attract plenty of visitors. On the coal mine tour, visitors can take a ride in a tunnel that runs 1,800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. The train ride is over a three-quarter mile area around the side of the mountain. The town’s Mother’s Memorial is the only mother’s memorial in the country that has a historical placard. Traditional get-togethers in the community are often run by volunteers in clubs such as the Ashland Area Rotary Club, American Legion, VFW and Historical Society. Also, there are several parks in town that have been enjoyed for generations, including the Little League field, bandstand and children’s playgrounds.

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• Ashland Diesel Engines, Inc., which is a regional leader in Cummins engine sales and service.

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• A Gitman Bros. manufacturing plant, which makes buttondown dress shirts sold at a wholesale showroom in New York City and online. • The MI Windows and Doors factory, one of three locations nationwide. • George Leib Well Drilling & Water Systems, which provides well drilling, water pumps and geothermal drilling in the area.

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The community also has several annual events, including: • • • •

Halloween Parade Frackville Pumpkin Festival every October Town-wide Yard Sale Farmers Market

Also, after two years of fundraising and receiving grant money, the community’s current pool, which was built in 1954 and reconstructed in 1978 – is being demolished to make way for a new, modern community pool. The town is served by The Frackville Ambulance Association and three fire companies: Friendship Fire Company of Englewood, Altamont Fire Company and The Good Will Hose Company. The town has a very active public library with up-to-date computers and programs for children and adults. The town’s history is preserved by the Frackville Historical Museum housed in the municipal building on South Center Street. Also, the Lithuanian Museum on South Broad Mountain Avenue celebrates the influence of the Lithuanians in the area. An influx of Lithuanians came to the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many of them working in the coal mines and establishing churches and businesses.

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With its fresh, clear mountain air, Frackville, situated atop Broad Mountain, has always been considered an attractive community in which to reside. Incorporated as a Borough by an Order of the Courts of Schuylkill County on April 10, 1876, the community has become known as the “Crossroads to Schuylkill County” because of its location at the intersection of Interstate 81 and Route 61 in northern Schuylkill County. Today, residents appreciate not only Frackville’s fortunate location, but also the volunteer spirit of its citizens and their many accomplishments. There is plenty of activity along the highway, as people stay at one of the town’s four hotels or motels, including Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and/or visit nearby restaurants. Another reason more people are visiting Frackville these days is because of Clearly Clean Products, LLC, a recyclable food tray manufacturer. The company is purchasing and renovating an additional 80,000-squarefoot thermoforming plant in Frackville. The plant, which is the second for the Schuylkill County-based company, has added more than 125 jobs. “Clearly Clean needed a large facility that would accommodate our additional assets and personnel,” said Jeff Maguire, a managing partner at Clearly Clean. “We decided on Frackville so that we were in the vicinity of our Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, plant – yet able to recruit from a broader geographic region.” Other notable Frackville businesses include Jack Rich, Inc., a fuels, lubricants and HVAC contractor; and Wagner Industries, a machinery parts manufacturer. In a time when many volunteer organizations are folding, Frackville continues to have many active organizations. The fire companies, Ambulance Association, Rotary Club, Frackville Business and Professional Association, Knights of Columbus, BPOE Elks. Football, soccer and baseball leagues keep residents involved with community projects and fundraisers.

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Coal mining plays a leading role in the history of Schuylkill County. It drove the region’s economy for many decades and generations grew up working in the mines and other jobs tied to the industry. That tradition is most apparent in Mahanoy City, which is in the middle of coal country and has an active coal operation just outside of town. The coal mined throughout the area is known as anthracite, also called hard coal. Mining started in the county in the 1790s, reached its peak in the early 1900s because it was popular for heating homes, anthracite coal fueled the U.S. Industrial Revolution. The Blaschak Coal Corporation is keeping the tradition alive near Mahanoy City. The company recently began a $14 million investment in a 20-year project to mine the coal in an area known as the mammoth seam, with assistance from a $1 million state grant. The company started the project because of the strong market for the high-quality coal. Blaschak, which was founded in 1937, is based in Mahanoy City and sold a record 382,000 tons of coal in 2018. Mahonoy City is also known as the birthplace of cable television. Congress and the National Cable TV Association credits John Walson, an enterprising TV salesman and owner of a local appliance franchise. Walson noted that sales were slow in Mahonoy City

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because residents in the valley were unable to get good reception due to the mountain ranges blocking the signal. The nearby mountaintops could receive the signals, which led Walson in 1948 to experiment by installing an antenna tower on the mountain and stringing wires down to his store. Residents marveled at the clear TV pictures in Walson’s store window. He made the system available to residents for $2/ month, because they shared a sole antenna, it was dubbed Community Antenna Television, or CATV. Walson also pioneered the use of a five-channel system by utilizing microwave technology to capture distant signals and coaxial cable. He served for 40 years as director of the National Cable Television Association, The Pennsylvania Cable Television Association and local civic organizations. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1993. The Mahanoy City area is also a destination for special celebrations because the newly remodeled Mountain Valley Golf Course & Seasons Restaurant is the site of many weddings and other events each year. Mountain Valley, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest Magazine, features two 18-hole public golf courses. The property also includes Seasons Restaurant and a banquet venue. Mountain Valley gets top ratings as a wedding venue – it was voted as a “best of” location by readers of the online publication The Knot and has been awarded lifetime membership in The Knot Hall of Fame. The banquet area and wrap-around party deck fits up to 350 visitors. There is also a new outdoor gazebo, and the reception hall includes a view of Locust Lake State Park. There are plenty of recreational opportunities in the Mahanoy City area. One renewal project that’s getting attention in the borough is the children’s park that was built on the grounds of the former Kaier Brewery. Construction of the park involved extensive land restoration and was funded through the state. The park offers play structures for ages 2-5 and 5-12, as well as park benches, picnic tables and a pavilion. Three miles south of Mahanoy City is Locust Lake State Park. The park is on the side of Locust Mountain and is known for its camping area. Locust Lake covers 52 acres, and visitors enjoy hiking and fishing in the 1,772-acre park. Also nearby is Tuscarora Lake State Park, a 1,618-acre area that is ideal for a day trip and to go fishing, among other activities.

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ORWIGSBURG If you’re looking for a snapshot of small-town America, visit the Borough of Orwigsburg. The tightly knit community of just over 3,000 residents boasts a low crime rate, strong economy and easy access to many attractions nearby and regionally. Orwigsburg is not standing still – with updated infrastructure and new buildings and businesses, the community is changing to meet the needs of businesses and residents in this faster-paced world. “We are a bedroom community offering all the needed conveniences for small-town living,” said Orwigsburg Borough Manager Randall “Randy” Miller. “Development pressure is transforming the borough, and with a progressive vision, we are leading the way to growth in the region.” Orwigsburg was named for Gottfried Orwig, who founded the community with his sons, Peter, Henry and George. It was the first county seat for Schuylkill County. In the 1800s, many businesses – especially shoe factories – were located throughout the town. “We provided shoes to Union soldiers during the Civil War,” Miller said. “In fact, stories say Union generals brought their men through the area to ensure they had shoes.” By 1913, there were 15 shoe factories as well as four knitting mills. One of those companies has survived to this day – Kepner Scott Shoe Company, which sells children’s shoes under the Zimmerman Shoes brand, has made about 10 million pairs of shoes over its more than 130-year history. Orwigsburg is still thriving in today’s diverse economy, thanks in part to its location along the newly reconstructed Pennsylvania Highway 61, connecting to interstates 78 and 81. One of the most notable developments is a new 80-bed Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital on the edge of the borough. More than 200 people were hired to staff the hospital, which opened in late 2019. The hospital includes an emergency room, intensive care unit, operating room suites, medical surgical rooms and private patient bays. It has been a catalyst for the local economy. “This is the driving force for local development, and re-

development,” Miller said. “Orwigsburg is looking to promote adaptive re-use of the vacant warehouses and factories we have in the borough.” Some of the top current businesses in town include: • Clearly Clean, which is headquartered in Orwigsburg and specializes in making 100% recyclable PET food trays, with several patents that prove its global leadership in this area. In 2019, it announced a new 80,000-square-foot facility in nearby Frackville. • Atkinson Industries, which provides painting, coating and hot dipping for fabricated metal products. • Bartush Signs, which designs, builds and installs custommade signs. • Boyer’s Food Markets, Inc. which is based in Orwigsburg and operates 18 supermarkets throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. • Schuylkill Country Club, a private member-owned club, boasts an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Donald Ross. Opened in 1921, the historic club does not have tee times, which allows members to enjoy the luxury of a relaxing round of golf any day of the week. In addition to popular downtown shops, several events during the year draw people into town. The Orwigsburg Business and Professional Association sponsors many of them, including Farm to Square, Heritage Days and Festival of Lights. Also, the Orwigsburg Lions Club organizes a Halloween Parade each year. The Orwigsburg Veterans Memorial Hall, which was dedicated in 1950 in honor of all veterans, is undergoing a major renovation thanks to a nonprofit task force that worked in conjunction with the Borough of Orwigsburg. It is a community center, easily holding over 300 people for events, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a commercial kitchen and several community meeting rooms. A veterans foyer and hall of honor are being developed in the new entrance through which community guests will be welcomed by reflecting on those the building honors.

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and Canada. It also handles transportation for Pine Grove school students. • Werner Lumber Company, a fifth-generation family-owned and -operated hardware store.

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History is an important part of Pine Grove, from Swatara Creek – which was once used for transporting coal and other goods – to a nationally recognized historic district. The Pine Grove Historic District includes 233 buildings that range in age from about 1750 to the early 20th century. In addition to houses, the district includes seven commercial buildings, four churches and a school. The borough also features a variety of businesses, including:

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Activities in the Pine Grove area include the Pine Grove Community Pool, which is a popular place in the warm weather months. The pool offers season passes and lessons. Hidden Valley Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course designed by architect James Harrison, is another popular destination. Mature trees, winding streams and ponds make it an idyllic spot for a round of golf. Nearby Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, the only Schuylkill County park, which is in Pine Grove and Washington townships, features many recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, hiking and bird watching. The park has beautiful moving water, spectacular waterfalls, many walking trails, a handicap fishing boat launch and an indoor clubhouse.

• Jersey Acres Farms and Stone Mountain Wine Cellars. The location includes a dairy farm that has been operating since 1911, plus a vineyard that produces grapes used in their handcrafted fine wines. The farm includes a herd of 200 dairy cows and a farm store offers fruits, vegetables and eggs, plus honey, maple syrup and preserves. • Solar Innovations, which has been in Pine Grove for 10 years, is known worldwide for manufacturing window systems, doors, skylights and glass structures such as folding glass doors. The company is in a 300,000-squarefoot corporate office and manufacturing facility and employs more than 160 people. • Newhurst, which provides transportation from Eastern Pennsylvania to locations across the continental U.S.

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POTTSVILLE The city of Pottsville, known nationally as the home of D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., is also a popular destination because of its historic business district and small-town charm. “We have small town values with an eye on future growth and progress,” said David Clews, president of the Pottsville Business Association and City Council member. Businesses are assisted by the business association as well as the Pottsville Area Development Corporation, which was formed to promote economic opportunity in the downtown area, and Pottsville Progress supporting revitalization. “Pottsville Progress is a recently formed group of various city organizations and local government with a plan to make a positive impact in our city in attracting new businesses,” Clews said. “We are organizing events for the community and helping to improve existing businesses and residential properties.” As the only city in Schuylkill County and serving as the county seat, Pottsville is often a draw for other communities in the county and region. Some of Pottsville’s most popular events take place in the historic business district. Events, most of which are offered between April and September, include:

• Pottsville on Tap, a daylong downtown event in September that features a beer garden and wine tasting, local artisans, music and regional food vendors. • Yuengling Lite Lager Jogger 5K in April, a 5K that starts and finishes at the Yuengling Brewery, drawing thousands of visitors and 3,500 participants. • After-hours programs at the Schuylkill County Historical Society. • Schuylkill County Brew Fest in May. • Block of Art, an annual art festival in May. • Pottsville Cars and Coffee at Pressed Coffee & Books.

• “Food Truck Friday,” on the first Friday of each month, which features local food vendors. • Pottsville Farmers Market, which offers local produce, flowers and items made by local artisans, from May to September.

• Pottsville Winterfest, which features local food, crafts, drinks and music and is a way to break out of the postholiday blues in mid-January. • The Great Pottsville Cruise and Car Show in August.

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Also, Pottsville has an excellent music venue – the Pottsville Lions Club Ampitheater at Joulwan Park. “A great summer concert series is held there,” Clews said. There is also a Jazz, Wine and Spirits Fest at the venue in August. In addition to Yuengling, the largest area employers include Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill and Empire Beauty School’s corporate office, as well as county government with the Schuylkill County Courthouse being its home. Several new and thriving small businesses downtown include Pressed Coffee & Books and Wheel, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant that was recognized as one of the top 25 best diners in the U.S. and voted best family restaurant and friendliest service. Pottsville also has beloved long-standing businesses in downtown, such as Murphy Jewelers, a chamber member for more than 100 years, as well as Roma Pizzeria & Restaurant. A destination on North Centre Street in Pottsville is the Schuylkill County Historical Society, which continues to expand its current collections. Fortunately, all in the downtown area continue to benefit as Yuengling brings in over 70,000 visitors per year.

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• Cardinal Systems on Route 61 is a leader of the pool industry, and the country’s largest single supplier of panels, steps, coping and components. There are also numerous small businesses such as Hess Catering, Spotts Insurance Group, Lewis’ General Store and Miller Bros. Construction, Inc. Business and community groups are working on a Strategic Planning Initiative, focused on bringing even more business to town and making sure the community continues to improve its quality of life. “All the business groups are working together including local government, borough hall, the Island Committee, Our Haven Foundation, the Walk In Art Center, the Revitalization Committee and of course the Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association.” The business organization organizes several events per year, including: • Walk, Wine & Wander, which takes place in June.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN The charm of Schuylkill Haven is evident when you spend time there. Community leaders are making sure people who haven’t yet visited the borough realize the excellent quality of life and business opportunities in the area. “The local business associations are working together, revitalizing Haven, adding community structures to the Island Park, the trails through Haven, working on attracting more local retail and restaurants into town, and on marketing initiatives such as a new website,” said Cecilia Michalik, vice-president of the Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association. The website, DiscoverSchuylkillHaven.com, showcases a lot of what the community has to offer, including shopping, restaurants, an art center, college campus, sports complex and parks and trails. “You get a warm welcome when you visit Schuylkill Haven because of the unique shops, parks and festivals,” Michalik said. “The town has wonderful trails for walking and biking, local ponds, the Schuylkill River and the Planet Walk. New murals provide a great artistic reminder of the history of the town. We also have a great educational reputation with outstanding sports teams and school spirit.” The Penn State Schuylkill campus is a notable highlight. The school is a leader in the area, hosting events that bring the community together. Notable businesses in Schuylkill Haven Include: • The Evans Network of Companies, one of the largest logistic trucking companies in the U.S., which has its headquarters in Schuylkill Haven. • Hydro Extrusion, which employs more than 1,300 and is just outside of town, is Hydro’s largest North American location.

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• Merry First Saturday and the Annual Children’s Christmas Party on the first Saturday in December. • Crab Fest, featuring all-you-can-eat crab at Island Park in August. • Small Business Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Other local events and attractions: • Street fairs/block parties through local fire stations. • The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn starts at Island Park in June and continues to Philadelphia, PA. • Borough Day on Main Street, which brings in thousands of tourists in September. • The Walk In Art Center holds regular art shows, education programs, exercise programs and activities for adults and children. • The VRAJ Temple is a Hindu retreat, and welcomes visitors from around the world. “Schuylkill Haven is a fantastic place for cost of living, great schools, good housing, and overall quality of life,” Michalik said. “People take pride in the town. It is a great place to visit, raise a family or retire.”

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SHENANDOAH Traditions – including events celebrating legendary ethnic foods such as pierogies and kielbasa – are important to Shenandoah, but so are innovation and entrepreneurship. “Shenandoah has always had and continues to have a very diverse mix of ethnicities,” said Marie Poppoff, president of the Greater Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce. “Traditions are important and proudly celebrated.” Shenandoah is best known for its connection to pierogies, an Eastern European food staple. The town’s largest employer is Ateeco Inc., which makes Mrs. T’s Pierogies. The company produces 14 varieties of pierogies, distributing about 500 million per year across the country. Also, one of the most popular events is the Kielbasi Festival each May. Budding entrepreneurs can also feel at home in the borough, thanks to the new Center for Education Business and Arts, which is being developed by Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. (DSI). The Center plans to include: • An entrepreneurial program called LionLaunch in partnership with Penn State Schuylkill, which includes classes and an office for mentoring. • Workshops for light manufacturing skills such as woodworking, metalworking, electronics, ceramics and pottery. • Studios for artists of all types, including painting, fashion, jewelry, photography and videography. • Office space for business services such as graphic design, communications and technology. • Retail space for tenants to sell their products and services. • Commercial kitchen space for restaurants, catering, bakeries and food trucks. • A conference and event center where corporations and businesses can have meetings and classes.

DSI has been a strong ally for the downtown business community, city leaders and residents. “Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. is the only state designated Main Street program in Schuylkill County,” said Mary Luscavage, the organization’s executive director. “We have been in existence since 2002 and were state designated in 2006 for five years and designated again in 2015.” Other top employers include the Shenandoah Senior Living Community and Antz Energy Systems. There are also many volunteer fire companies, restaurants, banks, and medical professionals – such as therapists, dentists and doctors – that support the community, Poppoff said. Shenandoah offers a variety of events throughout the year. For example, during the weekend of Thanksgiving, Shenandoah activities include: • A visit from a sky-diving Santa (sponsored by Mrs. T’s Pierogies), who then rides by fire truck to visit with kids. • A Coal Cracker Christmas sponsored by DSI, which includes a short play performed by Shenandoah Valley High School students. • Rides on a horse-drawn trolley, treats, caroling and a treelighting ceremony. “The Greater Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the Christmas light display on Main Street and in Girard Park each year,” Poppoff said. “The display is one of the most elaborate in the state. The chamber also sponsors a house decorating contest each year.” Another notable event is Heritage Day, which includes a Parade of Nations, with participants representing 21 countries; ethnic entertainment; and a variety of foods from around the world. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Miner’s Memorial at Girard Park, which pays tribute to the decades-long legacy of coal mining in the region, is a must-see. The Shenandoah area was the epicenter of activity during the peak coal mining years in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the population rose to approximately 37,000.

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TAMAQUA At the crossroads of Pennsylvania Route 309 and U.S. Route 209 is Tamaqua, which has strong civic pride and several successful large and small businesses. “There is a sense of pride in everything we do – like opening a new business or celebrating the holiday season, recognizing our businesses and civic community,” said Jennifer Drake, president of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re also a friendly communities. You can ask anyone for help and they are there – with a smile on their face.” Top employers in town include: • Versum Materials, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. • Silberline • Reynolds Consumer Products • St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network • Lehigh Valley Health Network • Koch’s Turkey Farm • Copperhead Chemical

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Tamaqua civic and business leaders are working to recruit new business downtown and continue the revitalization project. Tamaqua is the only borough in Pennsylvania’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone. The program allows Tamaqua to leverage state tax dollar by reinvesting them in underutilized real estate, attract development, encourage local business expansion and to create jobs.

Residents enjoy the suburban and rural feel of the community, whether they’re new to the area or lived in it for decades. “People are moving to the area to raise their families,” Drake said. “Generations of families have remained here. We have a great mix of business and recreation. There is always something to do.” Some of the most popular activities are attending events at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center; visiting the Tamaqua Historical Society; attending the annual Summerfest Celebration held on Father’s Day and Heritage Day which is held on the second Sunday in October; relaxing at the local summer concert series; and enjoying local ponds, lakes, Owl Creek Reservoir, and nearby Tuscarora State Park and Hawk Mountain Reserve. Also, the Tamaqua area has had many new small businesses open up in the last year, including two microbreweries, a hair salon and a credit union. The second location of the Pottsville-based gourmet grilled cheese shop, Wheel, is scheduled to open in 2020. In addition to a thriving business community, Tamaqua has an impressive volunteer corps that drives civic activity. “Our community is strong because of all of the business and civic organizations that help contribute to its success,” Drake said. “That is done mostly by all volunteers. People are giving their time and talents to make Tamaqua better.”

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In a county that covers 783 square miles, it’s tough to stay on top of everything. The five-person Chamber staff teams up with nine local chambers/business affiliates in the county, providing assistance to the local business leaders in each community. “We’re one big team,” said Robert S. Carl, Jr., president and CEO of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce “We dedicate time to help each affiliate. For example, we send a chamber staff member to all of the community affiliate meetings. We listen and discuss what we’re trying to achieve for the betterment of Schuylkill County and their specific community.” The Schuylkill Chamber representatives will share best practices when they meet with each community because “the best ideas are shared ideas,” Carl said. ‘If one community has done something innovative, and it would be useful for another community, we ask if we can share it. Generally the answer is that we can share everything.” Most weekends, one of the communities has an event going on, whether it’s an annual festival or volunteer fire company block party. Chamber representatives participate in a lot of those as well, connecting with their members who usually have dual membership in the Schuylkill Chamber as well as their local affiliate association. “We attempt to be the conduit through which communication goes,” Carl said. “We’re good communicators for members and also good communicators in outreach to affiliate organizations.” The Schuylkill Chamber saves members money through affiliations with community business organizations. The affiliation allows members to pay dues to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and get the advantage of belonging to both the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and the local affiliate. The communities are passionate about revitalization of their towns – especially in the downtown areas – and attracting new businesses. The chamber also plays a key role in showcasing affiliate communities in conjunction with the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation helping attract new businesses to Schuylkill County and assisting expansion of existing businesses. “We don’t pick one community over another,” Carl said. “There’s enough diversity in housing stock, rental properties, family dwellings and tax portfolios. Our job is to lay out the portfolio of what’s available. We encourage newcomers to travel around the county, look at the different aspects of our communities and make a decision. “Across the county our workforce is an asset and businesses looking at our community diversity have many great options.”

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Anthracite Philharmonic Established in 2011, the orchestra consists of musicians from all over Schuylkill County. Founder and Artistic Director Dr. Mark P. Thomas conducts the orchestra. www.antphil.org

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Appalachian Trail The trail starts in Maine and touches 14 states all the way down to Georgia. This 2,181-mile path runs along the southern border of Schuylkill County. The Appalachian Trail covers 229.6 miles of wilderness and is the nation’s longest marked footpath. www.schuylkill.org The Arts Barn Enjoy a tremendous array of original artwork made by Pennsylvania artists. The Arts Barn features one-of-a-kind gifts, pottery, jewelry, quilts, leatherwork, chainsaw carvings forged ironwork and landscape paintings. Classes and workshops are available for children and adults. www.theartsbarn.com

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Campgrounds Nature lovers can explore the great outdoors in Schuylkill County. Echo Valley Campground features cabins, swimming pools and showers. There are a variety of different camp sites around the county as well. www.schuylkill.org/ things-to-do.php#camping Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is home to some of the largest birds in the world. Visitors can learn about international conservation, hike and explore trails, take self-guided small group tours and have a bird’s-eye view of raptors and other avian species. It is also one of the best places in North America to see autumn hawk migration. www.hawkmountain.org Gabriel Chamber Ensemble The ensemble celebrated its 30th season in 2019. This nonprofit ensemble presents quality performances of chamber music and features professional guest artists. Its musicians perform the works of 150 renowned composers.

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take a walking tour of the site. The museum houses the area’s largest collection of mining tools. www.no9minemuseum.wixsite.com/museum

Golf Those who enjoy a day on the links will be delighted with the courses the county has to offer. Two 18-hole courses are open to the public: Mountain Valley Golf Course and Hidden Valley Golf Course. Schuylkill Country Club, a Donald Ross design, offers a member-only course, as well as golfing at reciprocal clubs. www.mtvalleygolf.com, www.schuylkillcc. com and www.distinctgolf.com

Pioneer Evergreen Farms Family-owned since 1945, this growing business is in the second generation of Christmas tree production. Stroll around the gift shop and view the selections of wreaths and décor, plus an array of plants and flowers. The farm even offers banquet rooms that seats 80 guests. During the fall, the farm hosts a festival with hayrides, petting zoos, and games. www.pioneerevergreenfarms.com

Fighter’s Heaven See the camp where legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trained in Schuylkill County. The preserved camp in Deer Lake consists of the restored gym and sparring ring, 18 log buildings, a dining hall, horse barn and cabins as well as videos featuring the history of “The Greatest.” http://fightersheaven.com

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train All aboard! Hop on a historic steam locomotive and travel back in time to see the origins of strip mining. Explore Pioneer Tunnel, the anthracite coal mine via open mine cars and a walking tour and learn about mining operations. Check out the Jellybucket Café for a snack and the one-ofa-kind gift shop. www.pioneertunnel.com

No. 9 Mine & Museum This mine opened in 1855 to harvest anthracite coal and operated until 1972, making it the longest continuouslyoperating anthracite mine in the world. The site became a museum, opening in 2002. Ride by rail into the mine and

Reading Fightin’ Phils Playing at the oldest field in the Eastern League, First Energy Stadium, The Fightin Phils get the crowd to go wild. The minor league team is affiliated to the Philadelphia Phillies. www.milb.com

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA

Schuylkill Choral Society The most-recognized choral society in Pennsylvania is an 80-voice auditioned choir that has been performing since 1973. Performances range from jazz, rock, country and works by the great composers. The chorus participates in four concerts per year at multiple locations. www.schchoral.org

Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area The Schuylkill River runs along Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The people, places and events of this region played a huge part in the American, industrial and environmental revolutions. The river’s greenways and water trail are ideal for camping, fishing and boating. www.schuylkillriver.org

Schuylkill County Council for the Arts The council runs an arts center, featuring the works of local artists. The space also hosts music lessons, local arts groups, yoga classes, concerts and year-round events. During the summer, the council offers Schuylkill Free Shakespeare, an outdoor performance. www.project4love.org/charities/detail/schuykill-countycouncil-for-the-arts

Shopping Shopping in Schuylkill County opens doors to family-owned businesses and national retailers. Shoppers will delight in exploring all around the downtown area of Ashland, Schuylkill Haven and Tamaqua. The county is home to Fairlane Village Mall. web.schuylkillchamber.com/business/Shopping-SpecialtyRetail

Explore Schuylkill Check out the visitors guide to find out the hot spots to shop, eat, stay and play. Check out the website to find current events going on in Schuylkill and things to see and do. www.schuylkill.com.

State Parks Explore the great outdoors year-round via Pennsylvania’s 30,000 acres of state parks. Hike, bike, fish, hunt, hang glide or ride snowmobiles in Schuylkill County’s parks. Tuscarora State Park, Locust Lake State Park and Swatara Valley also offer breathtaking views. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

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Walk In Art Center Artists can put their talent to use and enjoy a variety of galleries that feature works of local artists, 16 studios to let your imagination run wild, educational classes and year-round events. www.walkinartcenter.org Wineries and Vineyards Enjoy a selection of red and white wine crafted by Schuylkill County vineyards and wineries. There are seven wineries in Schuylkill County including Schuylkill Chamber members Stone Mountain Wine Cellars and King Cole Winery. YMCA The Y helps improve the community’s health and quality of life for all ages. The Y offers swimming, basketball, football, child care and fitness classes. In addition, the Y hosts community events such as 5Ks, festivals and teen and adult dances. www.schuylkillymca.org D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. Visit America’s oldest brewery, founded in 1829, and learn about the brewing process and how the business expanded and evolved over the years. The family-owned brewery offers a variety of unique brews, free tours and an onsite store. www.yuengling.com

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oung business owners are bringing new ideas and a community spirit throughout Schuylkill County. Here is a look at three businesses founded and/or run by young leaders:

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Pressed Coffee & Books In cities and towns large and small, people – especially young professionals – want a place to sit down and enjoy coffee, tea, food and each other’s company. The Pottsville area is no different, which is why Pressed Coffee & Books, an independently owned coffee shop and used bookstore in downtown, has had a successful first year. “We serve specialty coffee and tea-based drinks, crepes, and a variety of homemade baked goods, in addition to a wide selection of second-hand books,” said Abby Weaver, who started the business with her husband, Bobby, and business partners Jay and Blythe Hoerr. “Our customer base is wide, but the largest demographic we serve is local young professionals.” When the couples traveled, they saw how important coffee shops were in communities. They realized that people could build connectivity and spur conversation as they got away from the day-to-day busyness of life. “Our goal was to create a place for people in our community where they would feel welcomed by the staff, refreshed with great food and drinks, and have a comfortable place to meet, work, and relax,” Weaver said. Since the shop opened in late 2018, it has expanded its hours until 6 p.m., and is open every day of the week. “We love the consistency of being here every day to serve our customers, and it’s been amazing to see the different groups of people that show up to hang out depending on the day of the week,” Abby Weaver

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said. “Because of this consistency and increased social media engagement, we have been able to double our menu offerings based on customer requests.” Pressed Coffee & Books has supported the community by hosting gallery pop-ups, music performances, writing classes, book clubs, and open mic nights. The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce has played a role in the shop’s growth as well. “The chamber has offered us access to the local business community through networking and training opportunities,” Weaver said. “It has also helped our business stay connected to various other events going on in the area, so that we can be actively involved!” In future years, Pressed Coffee & Books owners would like to expand their hours even more and be even more active in the community. “We will continue to host community events that celebrate the local art community and provide education on what’s going on in the world of coffee,” Abby Weaver said. “I’m beyond excited to watch Pressed continue to grow into a cornerstone business in Downtown Pottsville.” Wheel Restaurant Who doesn’t like a grilled cheese sandwich? At a popular Pottsville restaurant called Wheel, people seem to like it even better when they can make their own, choosing from 75 ingredients – including glutenfree, vegan and keto-friendly options – with a full bar to boot. Wheel, which promises a gourmet grilled cheese experience, has built a large and loyal customer base since it opened a few years ago. “In three years, Wheel has grown like I never would have imagined because of our amazing community support,” said Savas Logothetides, owner of Wheel Restaurant. “We are already set to open our second location in Tamaqua in early 2020. This year, we topped $1 million in sales – for a 50-seat restaurant, which is not too bad! We have won numerous local and national awards including being named the No. 12 diner in the country by Travel + Leisure Magazine.” Logothetides started the restaurant in the same building where his grandfather opened the first of the family’s downtown Pottsville establishments more than 50 years ago. Logothetides operated 22 restaurants for

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corporations over the years and saw that the “buildyour-own” trend was gaining popularity. He started to plan for his own restaurant while sitting at a build-aburger restaurant in Pittsburgh. “I immediately went home and filled my entire dining room with large Post-it notes that served as the outline of my business plan,” Logothetides said. “That happened in March 2016 and we were open by September 2016.”

Local residents have flocked to the restaurant, as well as people from all over the country who are visiting the nearby Yuengling Brewery. The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce has helped the restaurant because of the partnerships Logothetides has built with other local, small businesses, including relying on them for needed services such as repairs and marketing. “The networking that you gain by being a chamber member is invaluable,” Logothetides said. Logothetides would like to continue to open more restaurants in the coming years. “As our mission states, we want to have significant impacts on the communities where we are located and

we believe we have lived up to that mission so far in Schuylkill County,” he said. Koch’s Turkey Farm Koch’s Turkey Farm is a true family farming business, as the Koch family has been farming in Schuylkill County since the 18th century. The turkey farm business started in Walker Township in 1939 and “became a pioneer in the allnatural and organic turkey industry,” said Brock Stein, president of Koch’s Turkey Farm. “Today, our products are distributed around the country at premium retailers and hotels, restaurants, and countless other facilities. Through our network of family farmers, our farms and processing facilities are Certified Humane and part of the Global Animal Partnership, as well as some products being certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.” Koch’s raises turkeys without antibiotics and provides them with an all-vegetarian diet that includes just soybeans, corn, vitamins and minerals. Koch’s offers 50 fresh and frozen turkey products, including all natural and organic whole turkeys, rotisserie turkey breasts, and a line of seasoned turkey fillets. “Koch’s Turkey has grown through the innovation of improving the quality of our products’ impact on our customers,” Stein said. “We continuously seek new ways to bring better-for-you options to market and expand our geographic footprint.” The chamber has been a valuable partner for the company, helping company leaders make important community connections and giving them an opportunity to “give back to a community that has given us the ability to grow,” Stein said. The company plans to expand “through a targeted approach to consumer packaged goods and the expansion of our farm network,” Stein said.

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he Schuylkill County economy is diverse and dynamic, with strength and continued growth in the manufacturing, logistics/ warehousing and health care industries, among others. This is due in large part to the leaders at the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, who are working with current businesses that are looking to expand along with developers and new businesses that are investing in the area. Fifteen Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the county. “SEDCO is mission driven and that mission is to assist in the facilitation of economic growth and quality of life for county residents,” said Brian Hansbury, vice president of SEDCO. “SEDCO maintains relationships with all local companies and assists with permitting, workforce development, financing and other items needed to facilitate their retention and expansion.” SEDCO’s work, with assistance from the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and state, regional and local

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leaders, is paying off. Manufacturers are expanding current locations or building new plants, developers are building warehouses for expected logistics needs along Interstate 81 and retail stories are hiring. “The primary business strengths of the Schuylkill County area are proximity to major East Coast markets, a strong labor force, and a low cost of doing business,” Hansbury said. The region was built on coal mining, with the height of production taking place in the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s. There are still companies mining in the area, but it’s a much smaller presence. Textiles were another major segment decades ago. “We had to evolve,” said Robert Carl, president and CEO of the Chamber. “We had to transition from being leaders of the Industrial Revolution boom

into a new economy. By doing that, we wound up diversifying into other needed areas.” One of the county’s key strengths is its location near two major interstates – Interstates 78 and 81, which are connected by Pennsylvania State 61. “We have become a major hub of distribution in Pennsylvania and the East Coast,” Carl said. That growth is apparent at Highridge Business Park in Cass, Foster, and Butler Townships. The business park, which is run by SEDCO, is the most active development in the area. “There are over 4,000 employees within the park and a lot of room to grow,” Hansbury said Businesses include Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Tyson Foods, Dollar General, Hudson Bay Company,

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Holander, Jeld-Wen, and Fanelli Trucking. Tyson Foods is doubling the size of its cold storage warehouse and distribution center. The $59.7 million investment will help the company retain more than 100 jobs and create about 114 more. Also, retailer Dollar General Corp. is building a new cold storage facility that will create 100 jobs, and a Wegmans facility has doubled since it originally opened in the park. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Frackville is situated in the business district for easy access. Its 79 rooms bring the comforts of home to travelers with in-room amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves and 32-inch LED TVs. Guests also enjoy a 24-hour business center, indoor pool, spa tub and fitness center. In addition, SEDCO is assisting developer NorthPoint from Kansas City, Missouri, with local permitting and tax incentives on two area projects: • Two buildings – of 1 million square feet and 300,000 square feet – that are being constructed on the former Schuylkill Mall site

near Frackville for future use. • Four buildings that will accommodate more than 2 million square feet off Interstate 81 in Ryan and Mahoney townships. “In total, both projects are expected to result in over 2,000 new jobs for the area,” Hansbury said. “NorthPoint Development’s willingness to invest in our community speculatively speaks to the market and economic strengths that Schuylkill County possesses.” Multiple manufacturing companies are expanding, including Orwigsburg-based Clearly Clean, which opened in Frackville, and Hollander Sleep Products, which is building a 357,000-square-foot facility in the Highridge Business Park that combines two other facilities. “Manufacturing continues to be Schuylkill County’s largest source of non-service sector employment,” Hansbury said. As part of its new business recruiting, SEDCO works through Penns Northeast, which allows for regional development entities to pool their marketing funds and encourage business recruitment.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill, a full service, community hospital, has been providing services to the region since 1895. The hospital recently became part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, and services and access have grown tremendously as a result. “The hospital has a mission to heal, comfort and care for the residents of our community,” said William Reppy, President, LVH–Schuylkill. “We are known for offering a broad range of general and specialty services through the Lehigh Valley Health Network, recognized as the region’s leading health care provider.” Since the merger in 2016, LVH-Schuylkill has invested more than $60 million in plant, property, equipment and people. New construction and service expansions include a new cancer center, emergency department, family birth and newborn center, cardiac rehabilitation unit, senior behavioral health unit and interventional radiology suite. In addition, the hospital introduced the first ExpressCARE (urgent care) to the community and constructed a new advanced wound center. The main LVH-Schuylkill acute care hospital is at 700 E. Norwegian St. (East Campus) and behavioral health services and the advanced wound center are

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at 420 S. Jackson St. (South Campus). Through Lehigh Valley Physician Group–Schuylkill, numerous medical practices are located throughout Schuylkill County. The hospital also operates rehabilitation facilities in Pottsville, Frackville and Tamaqua, as well as an MRI center, diagnostic imaging center in Pottsville. Geisinger St. Luke’s Schuylkill County residents welcomed the first new hospital in the county in more than 90 years when Geisinger St. Luke’s opened in November 2019. The hospital is a joint effort between Geisinger Health System and St. Luke’s University Health Network The facility will eventually have 80 beds, opening with 30, plus 15 in the emergency department and six in the intensive care unit. Additional inpatient beds will be added as service demand increases. The facility features two surgical bays, with plans to expand to four bays. All patient beds and rooms are private. The 130,000-square-foot, three-story facility is a $72 million investment in the greater Orwigsburg community. More than two million pounds of American steel were used to erect the facility, and 80 miles of cable (25,000 linear feet) is neatly tucked away inside the walls of the building to help make the state-of-the-art medical equipment and IT systems work seamlessly. More than 230 employees have

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The hospital is co-owned by Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based St. Luke’s University Health Network. It’s the first time in Pennsylvania history two health care organizations joined together to co-own and co-build a hospital. St. Luke’s is managing the hospital, but both organizations are contributing medical expertise and specialists for patient care. A medical office building is also under construction on the hospital campus and will include space for additional specialty care services.

been hired so far for the hospital, with recruitment ongoing for some positions. In addition to the emergency department and intensive care unit, the hospital will offer cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, hematology, nephrology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, radiology and urology services. It also features a helipad for Geisinger Life Flight. The services available in the hospital complement the already existing services provided by Geisinger and St. Luke’s at primary and specialty care clinics in Schuylkill and Berks counties.

St. Luke’s Miners Campus About 20 miles north of Geisinger St. Luke’s is the St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. The Miners Campus facility features inpatient and outpatient services and includes many specialty care facilities, including a sleep disorder center, a cardiovascular conditioning center and a new MRI center. The hospital was the first in Pennsylvania to receive Level IV trauma certification, demonstrating the facility’s commitment to high-level, quality care. Services include heart and vascular, emergency care, urology and radiology.

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ducation plays a vital role in Schuylkill County. In addition to their K-12 programs, the county is rich in higher education and business-focused programs that continue to advance education.

HIGHER EDUCATION Penn State Schuylkill Penn State Schuylkill has been a regional educational leader for 85 years in Schuylkill County and is one of the oldest campuses in the Penn State system. The campus remains guided by its original land-grant mission to provide access to an affordable, high-quality education; to conduct and promote research that improves people’s lives; and to engage with its communities in order to make them better places to live. The campus is continually adjusting to the changing needs of students and the business world. New offerings include: • A four-year bachelor’s degree for nursing, which will help fill a growing need for nurses in the county and region. The BSN program will begin in fall 2020. Two other associated nursing programs are offered as well, an RN to BSN program for current registered nurses, and a master of science in nursing that leads to a nurse practitioner role.

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• The Penn State Schuylkill Co-Operative Education program, which gives students an opportunity to learn more about their chosen career, earn money to help pay for college costs and connect with potential employers. Businesses participating in the program benefit by getting access to potential employees.

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Students can get a two-year head start on more than 275 Penn State bachelor’s degree programs through the 2+2 Degree Plan. The program allows them to finish the final two years at other Penn State campuses, including University Park. The school also offers 11 two-year or four-year degree programs for students who want to continue to study at Penn State Schuylkill. A College 101 for Adults workshop helps adult learners transition into part-time or full-time studies, and provides Pennsylvania residents 60 and older tuition-free enrollment into undergraduate credit courses. Penn State Schuylkill also provides special benefits and services to military and veteran students, including participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI

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Education Enhancement Program and being named a PNGAS Guard-Friendly School by the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations for 2019-2020. Students participate in more than 30 clubs and organizations and 14 varsity athletic teams through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They also have a variety of study abroad options and Habitat for Humanity international service trips. Penn State Schuylkill’s Office of Community Engagement is another way in which the school connects with the community. The campus offers professional development programs to help residents, entrepreneurs and employers, including certificate programs for managers,

professional development skills classes and summer programming for children and youth. Alvernia University Schuylkill Center Alvernia University’s Schuylkill Center serves adult learners throughout the region, providing flexible scheduling with day, evening and weekend classes in Pottsville. The Center, which is part of the School of Graduate and Adult Education, opened in 1995 and has tripled its student population in the last eight years. The school is in the Cressona Mall and has about 130 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. “There’s no greater pleasure than to sit with a new student and register them for their first college class, guide and advise them along the way, then one day soon, watch them walk across that stage to receive their diploma,” said Cynthia M. Mensch, director of the Alvernia Schuylkill Center. Alvernia offers classes year-round – online, on-campus and blended. Fifteen programs are available: • Undergraduate programs include accounting, addictions and mental health, with addictions and mental health minor, early childhood education

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(pre-K-4) and/or special education (K-8), finance, health care administration, health care science, human resource management and an RN to BSN completion program. • Graduate degree programs: Master in Business Administration, Master in Education. • Graduate certification programs: special education teaching certification, principal certification. • Multiple Ph.D. programs. Alvernia University is based in Reading and also has a location in Philadelphia. Ninety-five percent of students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs within six months of graduation. The school ranks in the top 100 among 2020 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, out of more than 1,500 in the region.

BUSINESS-FOCUSED PROGRAMS The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) This nine-month, after-school program educates and inspires middle school and high school students who

are interested in becoming an entrepreneur. The Schuylkill Chamber Foundation sponsors the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and Penn State Schuylkill is the host site. As part of their program, students learn about starting a business, pitch the business to a panel of experts and then introduce these businesses at a trade show. At the 2018 YEA Academy, Lily Stoyer of Schuylkill Haven Area High School was awarded the Saunders Scholarship for her business idea, “Project4Love,” a nonprofit that is a matchmaker for charities and donors. She earned high honors at the YEA! Investor Panel event, pitching her idea before judges. She went on to compete among international students at RIT in Rochester, New York. Stoyer now attends Penn State Schuylkill and volunteers with the current YEA! class. In 2019, she participated in the university’s Lion Launch program and received additional funding for “Project4Love.” She continues to refine her business while working toward a degree in accounting. The 2019 Schuylkill Saunders Scholar, Kaiah Heisler, represented the YEA! Schuylkill Program in Rochester, New York, with his business “Heisler’s Coal Cracker Cremery.” He made his mark as he competed among students from across the country,

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India and China. This seventh-grader from Tamaqua not only brought home the People’s Choice Award at the regional competition, but also advanced to the finals where he placed in the top six among all competitors. Schuylkill Leadership Schuylkill Leadership is sponsored by the Schuylkill Chamber Foundation. This 10-session program is designed to ensure new, able, resourceful and vigorous leadership will be continuously added to our community to face the problems and opportunities in deciding the future of Schuylkill County. By seeking out and identifying capable individuals in the community and involving them in a formalized program that introduces them to the vital issues affecting our communities, Schuylkill Leadership sets a course for their active participation in community affairs to address the identified issues and find solutions for them. The program includes classroom seminars and field trips to various businesses and nonprofits in Schuylkill County. This program is 29 years old and has produced over 600 graduates.

Schuylkill Executive Leadership Schuylkill Executive Leadership was developed in 2007 as an initiative of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to expand upon and hone the skills needed for career advancement. Executive Leadership is tailored to meet the needs of the individual in helping them with their professional development no matter what the profession. Classes are held at the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce from 8:00 a.m. to noon. K-12 Schools • Pottsville Area School District: The district, which is based in Pottsville, serves students in a 12-square-mile area of central Schuylkill County in grades K-12. • Schuylkill Haven Area School District: An elementary school, middle school and high school serve the district population, which comes from Schuylkill Haven and surrounding communities. • Blue Mountain School District: The K-12 district includes four elementary schools, a middle school and high school, and is based in Orwigsburg. • Gillingham Charter School: The Pottsville K-12 school provides tuition-free public education in a learning environment designed to inspire students. • Marian Catholic High School: The Tamaqua school focuses on the spiritual, academic, moral and social growth of students, many of whom attend top colleges and universities across the country after graduation.

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• Nativity B.V.M. High School: The Pottsville Catholic college prep high school was founded in 1955 and draws students from throughout the area.

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Schuylkill Technology Center The Schuylkill Technology Center is an accredited career and technical school that serves students in grades 9-12 in 12 public school districts in Schuylkill County, including Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Pottsville, Saint Clair, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley, and Williams Valley. The Center offers 21 programs on two campuses: STC-South in Mar Lin and STC-North in Frackville.

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Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center #961 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 MAE-EITEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Miller Bros. Construction Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Mrs. T’s Pierogies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Orwigsburg / Seton Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Pioneer Pole Buildings / Pioneer Metal Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ramada by Wyndham Pottsville/Frackville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Schuylkill Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Schuylkill County Municipal Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Schuylkill Transportation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 St. Joseph Center for Special Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Wegmans Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 D.G. Yuengling & Sons, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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