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Discover Everything Carbon County - Business & Tourism
Your Guide to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Penn-Kidder, Weatherly & Panther Valley.


                             HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!

                         FIND YOUR FUN IN CARBON COUNTY THIS SUMMER!!!



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It's Summer! Do Your Kids Need Something FUN to Do?

 

Check Out Blue Mountain Resort's Adventure Camp!  

 

CLICK HERE to Learn More!

 




FEATURED BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - Jim Thorpe River Adventures


As cool as whitewater rafting and whitewater sports may be – there is a bigger reason to get out there and try it.  Mother Nature is a powerful force here in Carbon County.  As a professional outfitter, Jim Thorpe River Adventures specializes in using that powerful force in order to change lives.  It may be just a day away from the office grind.  It may be getting the family in the car and spending a day, together, in a raft.  It may be the most-wild, most outdoorsy thing that someone dreams of doing.  Whether the Great Outdoors changes your life for a day, or influences your life for a week or a month – this attitude adjustment is needed by so many of us. 

So it is a great honor in many ways to have worked and prepared to be that outfitter that people choose to help bring some balance to their lives.  It can happen in a raft, in an inflatable kayak, or on an all-terrain bicycle.  The truth is change happens, no matter what… once people get out there in the sun, the fresh air, this river, and the natural majesty of the Lehigh Gorge and Carbon County. 

We see the hugs, the handshakes, the smiles – and feel the positive energy pouring out of people after these raft trips.  We’re using rafts, kayaks, and bikes to bring a positive change – big or small – to people that need it.  And we respect that immensely.   So get out there – and create a memory!


UPCOMING FEATURED CHAMBER EVENTS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

CLICK HERE
to get information and register for the Leadership Carbon Class of 2017.


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Matching Business Needs with Today's Students

 

A few weeks back, I spent a day in Hershey.  Not for the chocolate, unfortunately, but for something equally as important.  A Workforce Summit hosted by the PA Chamber Foundation. 
 
Every day I am in contact with business owners who tell me the same thing, "We can't find skilled employees to fill the jobs in our companies".   

Study upon study and numerous surveys have been conducted and they all show Commonwealth employers reporting difficulty filling open positions ranging from administrative to technical/skilled trades.   

A Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc. survey shows that 72% of companies had difficulty hiring employees with adequate skills, training and education. The report also shows that successful companies support partnerships, programs and workforce development initiatives such as tuition assistance or job-related training (56%), paid internships (45%) and mentorship programs (42%).  Overall, 64% were likely to support formal training programs that develop specific skills.    

The study showed that employer's biggest frustrations come from job seekers' poor work ethic, lack of motivation, lack of interpersonal skills, lack of interview etiquette, lack of cell phone etiquette (meaning don't take personal calls on your cell phone when you're supposed to be working) and the inability to communicate confidently and maturely.  

This problem equates to lost production and lost revenue.  Last year, the total amount for all Pennsylvania employers that were interviewed for the survey is a whopping $188.9 million. 

Employers are looking for employees who have logical thinking and problem solving capabilities, good verbal communication skills, reading comprehension and basic math and writing skills.  Lower on the list are academic degrees and certifications.   

Companies that are the most successful provide internships and apprenticeships, have formal internal training programs and partner with high schools and tech schools to work with students.  They also offer mentoring programs within the company.   

Successful companies also promote from within, implement clear objectives, have clearly defined career pathways and utilize Wednet (Workforce and Economic Development Network of PA) to provide training for their employees.  LCCC provides Wednet training in Carbon County.

The report concludes that in the next 10 years, companies will be looking for the following skills which were rated as the top 3:

     - Collaboration/teamwork
     - Verbal and written skills
     - Project management


The Chamber's Business/Education Partnership is working with our local businesses and schools to find a solution to the challenges we face.  This month we will be facilitating a "Teacher in the Workplace" with several of our local school districts.  The teachers visit businesses and immerse themselves in what the company does and what their needs are.  The teachers will then come back to the CCEDC office, discuss what they learned and write a lesson plan to take to their students. 

It is the first step for us to create a successful and lasting relationship between our businesses and schools so they can provide the necessary education and training to make our students successful whether they are going directly into the workforce or on to a post-secondary education.  

 

 

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?
The CCEDC Can Help!

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The CCEDC currently offers two loan programs that are administered through the CCEDC: The Revolving Loan Program and the Small Business Expansion Loan. In addition, we also offer PIDA loans on behalf of the Department of Community Economic Development (DCED).

CLICK HERE to Learn More and for Application.