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      On Sunday, August 3rd, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:
      · Prior to the race, Route 115 from Interstate 80 to the raceway will be converted to two lanes and will be one way southbound. This conversion will be put into effect at approximately 8 a.m. and continue until all traffic has entered the track grounds.
      · Following the race, Route 115 from the raceway to Interstate 80 will be converted to two lanes and will be one way northbound, until the raceway parking lots are cleared. This conversion will take place with 25 laps remaining in the race. Click here for more.

No Cost Leadership Development Seminar on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at NEPIRC at 75 Young Street in Hanover Township, PA 18706 - (07/28/2014)
--The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) would like to extend an invitation to attend a 4-hour seminar on Leadership Development. This program helps individuals become stronger, more impactful leaders. While joining other managers and supervisors to discuss workplace challenges, attendees will explore topics that include Self-Awareness, Power & Authority, Risk & Failure, and Leadership Style. Using self-assessment tools and experiential learning, attendees will examine their strengths and weaknesses while exploring best practices of exceptional leaders. After attending the seminar, employees will know how to manage teams more effectively and provide leadership in the midst of adversity and change.
      In the past seven years, NEPIRC has trained over 500 managers, supervisors and team leaders. These seminars are led by Mr. Leo Gilroy, NEPIRC’s Director of Strategy & Innovation. Mr. Gilroy has an engineering degree from Temple University and an MBA from the University of Scranton. He is a certified Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard™ professional and serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Scranton, where he teaches the Capstone course in the MBA program. Click here for more.

50/50 Raffle Announced for 400 Race Weekend Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament Spots Filling Up; Both Benefit The NASCAR Foundation - (07/24/2014)
--LONG POND, PA (July 24, 2014) – The Mattioli Foundation, Pocono Raceway’s official charitable foundation, will host a 50/50 raffle to benefit the NASCAR Foundation during the 400 race weekend August 1-3. Additionally, remaining spots to participate in the Third Annual Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown on Thursday, July 31 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA, are filling up fast.
      The weekend-long 50/50 raffle should yield an estimated jackpot of nearly $30,000, where one lucky winner will take home a 50% share of the total. June’s raffle winner took home over $16,000. Pocono Raceway attendees can donate to win by locating one of our 50/50 volunteers, who will be onsite and wearing bright green shirts. Click here for more.

Richard Petty to Serve as Grand Marshal for 400: “Win $43,000 if #43 Wins” Fan Promotion Announced - (07/23/2014)
--LONG POND, PA (July 23, 2014) – announced today NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 400. The 400 will mark the 40th anniversary of Pocono Raceway’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Purolator 500, won by Petty on August 4, 1974. Additionally, will host a promotion where one lucky fan could win $43,000 if the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports entry, driven by Aric Almirola, wins the 400-miler at “The Tricky Triangle” on Sunday, August 3.
      “This race carries special meaning for me as I think back to the thrill of tasting victory at the inaugural race at Pocono back in 1974. I see no better way to celebrate this milestone moment than by celebrating both racing and bowling, another sport that is pure Americana,” said Richard Petty in today’s press release. “I am particularly excited to team up again with and the bowling industry. Bowling isn’t only just a lot of fun but it’s a great sport that, like racing, brings people together and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.” Click here for more.

FREE EVENT Sandwich Generation Month – Appreciation Day Event Ice Cream Social at Allied Services - (07/23/2014)
      Sandwich Generation Month – Appreciation Day Event
      Ice Cream Social at Allied Services, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA
      July 30, 2014 from 3pm-7pm
      Sandwich Generation Month is the month of July 2014. During this month, Griswold Home Care will commemorate and celebrate the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the Sandwich Generation—those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents.
      Click here for more.

Pocono Raceway Solar Farm Reaches 15 Million Mark - (07/23/2014)
--LONG POND, PA (July 23, 2014) – Nearly four years to the day of the original dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of energy produced by the 25-acre facility reached the 15,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark. “The Tricky Triangle’s” solar installation consists of 39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules (or solar panels) which will produce an estimated 72 Million (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power, beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway, to provide the electricity needs for over 300 homes.
      “It is amazing to see the amount of energy produced by the solar farm in this short period of time,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “To put the amount of energy produced into layman’s terms, the solar farm has saved over 1,215,000 gallons of fuel. This would equal 121, 500 trips from New York City or Philadelphia to Pocono Raceway in a vehicle, such as an RV, using 10 miles per gallon of gasoline.
      Click here for more.

The Commonwealth Medical College to Host Gala - (07/22/2014)
--Scranton, PA – The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host its sixth annual Gala on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 5:30p.m. to 11:30p.m. at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. Proceeds from the event will benefit TCMC’s student scholarship fund. At this year’s Gala, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be honored in a special tribute. The black-tie preferred event includes a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner followed by a Silent Auction and dancing to the music of “Which Doctor” and “Hoopla.” Tickets are $175 per person. To become a sponsor, purchase an ad, or reserve tickets, call the Development Office at 570.504.9650 or visit Click here for more.

Great News for Manufacturing Employers! - (07/21/2014)
--Great news for Manufacturing Employers! Are you looking for help to train your workforce that includes tuition assistance, up to $1,000 available for each employee, and high skilled training that leads to a credential. Allowable training activities must be connected to the career pathway leading to the following H-1B occupations that are either advanced degree engineering occupations or on the career pathway to these occupations:
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