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Member News – May 4, 2022

36th Annual Danville Spring Fling is This Saturday 

Spring Fling is an annual celebration of the foods, sites, and sounds that make Danville a special place. The streets of downtown Danville are closed to traffic for this family-friendly festival on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Downtown businesses, plus more than 200 vendors from central Pennsylvania and surrounding states converge for this fun outdoor event. The event is also a showcase of our nonprofit organizations, who demonstrate the giving spirit of the community by raising awareness and funds for their causes.

Located on Mill, East Mahoning, West Mahoning, East Market and Lower Mulberry Streets in downtown Danville map. Parking is free on nearby streets and surface lots. 


Swift Kennedy’s Jerry Calistri Earns Self-Funding Specialist Certification

Jerry Calistri, President and CEO of the insurance brokerage firm Swift Kennedy & Associates, has been designated as a Certified Self-Funding Specialist by the Health Care Administrators Association.

To earn this certification, Calistri completed comprehensive courses about alternative funding and Third-Party Administration, which highlighted the advantages of using self-funded health care plans, such as level-funded policies.

Calistri is a Senatorial Member and PAC Board Member of Health Agents for America, a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and a member the National Association of Health Underwriters. In addition, he is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.

He has over 30 years of experience in the employee benefits industry, including working at the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund in Harrisburg and at Geisinger Health Plan as Regional Sales and Operations Manager for the Western Region.


Encina Community Open House is Scheduled for Next Wednesday 

Encina has announced plans to invest $1.1 billion to build a new manufacturing facility in Point Township that would create 300 new full-time jobs. This proposed state-of-the-art facility would be the first in the region to use advanced technologies to convert post-consumer materials into feedstock that can be used to manufacture thousands of new products.

Encina is working with relevant agencies on permitting and feasibility work related to the site. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2022, and the facility is expected to be fully operational by fall 2024.

Stop by anytime from 5 – 8:00 p.m., meet the team, enjoy refreshments and learn about the project. The event will be held at the American Legion Post #44 at 301 Point Township Drive in Northumberland.


Hospitality Industry Focused Roundtable Discussions

If you are in the hotels, motels, restaurants, breweries, wineries, event venues, and caterers industry, then there will be a roundtable discussion to discuss your current issues. You will also hear some of the best practices from your peers and learn more about available resources. You can join in-person or virtually on Monday, May 9th.

There will be two separate events that you can choose from:

  • Wyndham Garden Hotel, Hosted by PA Career Link from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Register here)
  • Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Hosted by Bucknell SBDC & Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. (Register here)