Momentum Magazine July 2018 Edition - Page 2

President’s Message L e a vin g a Leg a c y To the more than 500 members who attended the Chamber’s 150th Anniversary Celebration last month, I thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed the extravaganza. The program offered an overview of our history, current efforts and what is to come, all wrapped in unique and wonderful musical and dance performances that offered something for every taste. CHAMBERNEWS The Chamber welcomed Scranton mayor Bill Courtright for his annual State of the City address. Our Communications Department welcomed two interns for the summer: Alexandra Tulaney is a junior International Business and Marketing major at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Chris Davis is a senior Corporate Communications major at Penn State Scranton. For those of you who couldn’t make the event, this issue of Momentum will try to give you some highlights. (To be honest, it would be impossible to match the energy and excitement of that night.) Another key aspect of the event was the incredible support we received from our sponsors. More than 70 members contributed in recognition of this milestone and their contributions will be used as investments in a special legacy. Proceeds from the event will be used to increase small business Internships, the “Educator in the Workplace” initiative and promotion of creative school-based programs designed to connect schools (secondary and higher education) to business and business to the schools. These efforts, to be coordinated through Skills in Scranton, seek to strengthen career pathways for students, address the workforce needs of our members, and enhance the opportunities for future generations to establish the Lackawanna Valley as the place to begin their professional careers. Many thanks to all – volunteers, sponsors, performers, vendors and staff for making our 150th Anniversary a special experience. The Chamber recently hosted a Meet Up for Lunch event at Backyard Ale House in Scranton. The Chamber helped welcome Peculiar Slurp Shop to downtown Scranton. In Memoriam 2 • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce The Chamber would like to express its sincerest condolences to the families of Frank Henry and Bill Sordoni, who both passed away recently.