Fifty Years of Progress

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The oldest, and largest, economic development organization in Luzerne County is the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, which was organized in 1953. Three years later, in 1956, Hazleton’s business and civic community organized the Community Area New Development Organization — CAN DO. Less than thirty miles apart, the two largest communities in Luzerne County are aggressively acquiring and converting land for future development. Along with partner organizations located throughout Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), the Wilkes-Barre Chamber and CAN DO are marketing their community’s advantages and benefits throughout the Northeast.Today, these two vital economic and workforce development organizations are ecognized as national leaders in bringing new jobs to their communities, in the retention and expansion of existing industries, and in helping prepare members of the community for the new and exciting jobs that are developing throughout our county.h4. The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry

Two Public Square PO Box 5340
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18710-5304
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Industry LogoThe Chamber, through the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund, owns and markets four industrial parks in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area: Crestwood Industrial Park, Corporate Center at East Mountain, Hanover Crossings, and Hanover Industrial Estates. Additionally, the Chamber’s Highland Park is a premier, high profile business, distribution and retail location — adjacent to Exit 168 and the Wachovia Arena. The Chamber also owns and markets the Innovation Center @ Wilkes-Barre in the former Woolworth’s Building on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre.h4. CAN DO
One South Church Street, Suite 200
Hazleton, PA 18201
CAN DO LogoCAN DO owns three industrial parks, Humboldt, McAdoo, and Valmont Industrial Parks, and the white-collar CAN DO Corporate Center. CAN DO works with site selectors, location consultants, and companies from the earliest stages of a relocation or expansion through government approvals, funding, and construction. CAN DO also provides utilities and markets sites.

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