Momentum Magazine May 2019 Edition - Page 2

MESSAGE David Hazzouri WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS? My father was a dentist and business owner in Scranton as I was growing up. I inherited his love for dentistry and helping people. Following in his footsteps and opening my own practice just felt natural to me. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS LOCALLY? Working Together In this month’s message, I would like to recognize a group of leaders for their foresight and political courage. Elected offi cials in Archbald, Jesup, Scranton, Scott, and Covington townships; school boards for Lakeland, North Pocono, Scranton, and Valley View school districts; and the Lackawanna County Commissioners all took actions in this past year to promote economic development through approval of tax abatements under a Pennsylvania- based program known as Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA), which provides short-term exemptions of taxes on property improvements. It may seem counterproductive to forego potential tax revenue with so many governmental entities struggling to make ends meet. History has shown that such incentives can encourage businesses and individuals to purchase land, improve properties, and construct new facilities – creating jobs and, in the long run, expanding the tax bases of participating government entities. These offi cials recognized that investing in the future is good public policy that will benefi t the citizens of this region for years to come. My favorite part of my practice is the fact that it is in my hometown. I have the honor to treat people who helped me become the person I am today. I am very fortunate to have been able to make and keep so many new friends because I decided to open my practice close to home. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE CHAMBER? I joined the Chamber because I am optimistic about the direction in which I believe Scranton is moving. I am excited to be able to participate in this movement by building a new facility in Scranton in order to provide my existing patients and future patients with the highest standard of care. I believe that working with the Chamber can truly aid in keeping our city’s residents from looking outside of the area for top-notch care. David Hazzouri Dental , Scranton, PA Member since 2018 Member WELC OM E JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR TWO SESSIONS 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. —— OR—— 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 2019 2 • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce