EXETER — The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce held its annual autumn breakfast meeting Friday, Nov. 18 at St. Anthony Parish Center, where the 2016 Healthy Workplace of the Year Award and Continuing Excellence Award were presented.
Kerri McKeown, director of Small Group Sales for Highmark presented the 2016 Healthy Workplace of the Year to Diane Harlow, director of Geisinger Health Systems Wellness.
McKeown then presented the 2016 Continuing Excellence Award to Mark Palma, administrator of United Methodist Homes/Wesley Village.
Principal speaker for the breakfast was state Rep. Michael Carroll, who presented a 10-minute video highlighting his achievements over his five terms as a state representative.
Carroll currently serves as the Democratic Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, member of the Transportation Committee, and serves as Democratic Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Rural Committee in Harrisburg, where he represents the 118th Legislative District in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Carroll noted in the video several accomplishments such as the $43 million Interstate 81 interchange project near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, $1.1 million improvement to Commerce Road at the Grimes Industrial Park, $170 million road and bridge work on I-81, $2 million to clean the Lackawanna River, $300,000 flood wall in Duryea, and $500,000 to the expansion of the Pittston Memorial Library.
“I really do value the friendships that we have throughout our community the success and improvements in our community are the result of so, so many people including the Pittston Chamber,” Carroll said.
Carroll also helped secure money to aid housing in Pittston, Plains, and Moscow as well as a Share Grant Funding project to aid North Pocono School District to install artificial turf for a football field and build new tennis courts.
A bill sponsored by Carroll was Kevin’s Law in honor of the late Kevin Miller, who died from a hit-and-run accident. Under Kevin’s Law, the penalty for those that flee a fatal crash will increase to a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. The previous law was a minimum was one year.
“I’m really proud of the work we’ve done,” Carroll said. “I say we because this really is a collective effort. Everything you’ve seen on the (video) presentation is a product of a series of efforts done by many, many people.”
Carroll thanked business leaders in attendance for helping to make the community strong, in particular, the Greater Pittston area.
“We really are headed in the right direction and that direction is pointed in a wonderful way for the citizens of the community and the citizens we have here today,” said Carroll.
Michelle Mikitish, Chamber executive vice president, recognized new members of the chamber and thanked Carroll for his involvement in the breakfast.
Mikitish mentioned upcoming events in 2017 such as a career fair at Pittston Area, workforce development between schools and businesses, and more opportunities for networking.
Michelle Pane, Fidelity Bank, served as event chair and toastmaster.