President’s Message: February 2019 Chamber News January 31, 2019 “Change your perception of things, and you will change your reality.” — Anonymous Let’s start with the misperception that there are limited job opportunities in this region. On the contrary — there are literally thousands of jobs opportunities right here in northeastern Pennsylvania! These are quality jobs, cutting across every business sector at every level on the employment ladder. Jobs in healthcare, transportation, logistics, advanced manufacturing, engineering, business, technology, utilities, construction, and more, are available here. There are opportunities for nurses, technicians, engineers, software engineers, IT specialists, accountants, salespeople, construction workers, electricians, truck drivers… and the list goes on. Against that backdrop, we are pleased to share with you the creation of a partnership to expose young people to the businesses who are searching for their talents. In partnership with The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, the Chamber, through our workforce development division, Skills in Scranton, has established an internship initiative that looks to match Chamber-member small businesses with scholars from our regional educational institutions. You will learn more about this initiative in this month’s edition of Momentum. This initiative, funded through the support of leading Chamber business, is just one piece of a bigger Skills in Scranton plan to keep our best and brightest here in our region– to help them put down roots and expand opportunities for our members to grow their businesses. Spread the word to students and businesses alike– northeastern Pennsylvania is the place to learn, work, and stay.