Archive for April 2015 – Page 2



IMG_20150212_120751Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce interns had the outstanding opportunity to recently tour the WBRE-TV studio and watch a live newscast. The opportunity was very rewarding to say the least, and I learned a lot that day that I really wasn’t expecting. Going into the tour I had assumed we’d go through the studio, learn a little about how to put a news report together, and then watch a crew of people film it. To be fair, we did do those things but I would have never imagined what actually goes into just a thirty minute news update.

Whenever I imagined a news recording the scene from the movie Bruce Almighty always came into my head. A few anchors in front of the camera, sitting at a large desk with papers situated in front of them, a huge crew of people running the cameras and taking the shots, and a team of producers in another room controlling the stories and teleprompter, a little voice in the ear of the anchor. The basic set up of WBRE was akin to the movie scene, but maybe due to the fact that it is a smaller news show or maybe because the scene I always imagine is from a movie, there are not nearly as many people working behind the camera as in the movies.

Sure there are still a good amount of people contributing to the show, but the amount is far fewer and just makes the amazing show they put out that much more impressive. The anchors have a lot more say in the stories they present, and there was just one lone camera man controlling the shots. As opposed to my thought of about 50+ people working on the newscast, there was probably more like 15 to 20. I was astounded by how good these people were at their jobs and even though a breaking news bulletin came in and changed the line up everyone worked flawlessly and one would never notice that the set up was not the original plan.

It’s funny but one of the most exciting things to me that day was the green screen for reporting the weather.

It should not be all that exciting, it’s simply a panel made out of green material so that digital images can be projected with no complicated editing needed, but it still amazed me. Perhaps due to the fact I have never had a lot of experience with it. Watching the meteorologist bring up the weather reports and then show the forecast, pointing to things on the green screen by watching his reflection in the monitor, was the highlight of the show for me. The task probably should not be as interesting and mind-boggling to me, but it is.

Overall the tour was an amazing opportunity and made me realize that sometimes even when you think you know all about something, there’s so much more to it.

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV's Studios

Alexis Maroney (center) on the Tour of WBRE-TV’s Studios

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Intern Insight: Alexis Maroney

Alexis Maroney- Marketing Intern

Alexis Maroney- Marketing Intern

Alexis Maroney is a Junior Psychology major with minors in Studio Art and Management at Wilkes University. She is also the Marketing Intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce for the Spring 2015.


Where are you from? 

I grew up in Phoenixville, PA, right outside of King of Prussia. I now live in Wilkes Barre, PA

Where are you going?

After college I plan to pursue a career in Industrial or Organizational Psychology and marry my fiance.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I only applied to Wilkes University and Wilkes alone. I chose to go to college in NEPA because I really enjoyed the location Wilkes U was placed and the community that is developed in Wilkes-Barre. I chose my major because I did a bit of trial and error and realized a combination of psychology and business was the perfect match for me.

What are your thoughts on Wilkes-Barre?

My first impression of Greater Wilkes-Barre is how beautiful the architecture of the buildings here are. Most people I met from this area talk often about the various parks and Sheetz. I will remember this area most for the amazing college experience it gave me.

What are you involved with on campus?

I am currently a Resident Assistant as well as a Orientation Leader for First Year Students, along with both of those positions I am also Parliamentarian of the Psychology Club at Wilkes.

What would allow you to settle down in Wilkes-Barre?

I would settle down and live in NEPA for the rest of my life if there were options for jobs for me. I also wish someone would open a Wawa in Wilkes-Barre.When it comes to working in NEPA, unfortunately industrial and organizational psychology is not a large field.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy reading and writing. When the weather permits I love to go snowboarding. I also have a cat that I enjoy watching Netflix with when I can.

What are your plans after you graduate Wilkes?

I will be graduating  with a Bachelors in Psychology. I will be going to Mesa, AZ to get my Master’s in Business Administration directly after I graduate, and will be able to obtain it in about a year because of the program I am in. Perhaps the field will have grown by then and I will be able to return and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you could create your dream job, what would it be?

If I could create my dream job, it would be traveling the world and consulting for businesses, which actually is a real thing but it’s so hard to get into. This will be involved with industrial and organizational psychologist as a consultant.


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HOW, WHERE, WHY: Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZ)

Author Meghan Flanagan is our 2015 Spring Intern Focused on Business and Economic Development READ HER PROFILE STORY HERE
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A Keystone Innovation Zone is a designated area, noted for its proximity to higher educational institutions, which creates an environment that connects these colleges and universities to private businesses, business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, venture capital networks that include angel investors, and foundations. This collaboration promotes economic and entrepreneurial growth for individual companies as well as for the area entire.

Businesses that are located within a designated KIZ zone, have been in operation for less than 8 years, and fall within one of the targeted industry sectors, are able to apply for KIZ tax accreditation as part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus package.

A company that meets these three requirements can claim a transferable tax credit that is equal to 50% of its gross revenue increase from the first year of accreditation to the second.

There is a total of $25 million tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, which can be used by start-up companies to grow in size and scope.Hanover Crossings

The designated KIZ zones for Luzerne County include:

Downtown Wilkes-Barre from River St. to Ross St. to Wilkes-Barre Blvd and North St., Hanover Crossings, The Twin Stacks on Route 309 in Dallas, CAN BE Innovation Center, CAN DO Corporate Center Park/Green Building, CAN DO Harwood Innovation Site, Downtown Hazleton starting at Broad Street from Poplar Street to Diamond Ave., and the Dorr-Oliver Property on 101 Carleton Avenue in Hazleton.

The designated KIZ zones for Lackawanna County include Downtown Scranton from Lackawanna Ave to Miflin Ave. to Vine Street to Adams Ave, Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, and The Scott Technology Park.

In addition to physical location, eligible businesses must operate within targeted businesses sectors. For both Luzerne and Lackawanna County, these include Healthcare/Life sciences; Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Plastics; Information Technology and New Media; Back Office and Finance; and Homeland Security.

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For more information contact the VP of Economic Development, Joseph Boylan at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce at 570-823-2101 x132.

Intern Insight: Adam Lubas

Adam Lubas Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas-Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas is a Junior Communications Major at Wilkes University focusing in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. He is obtaining minors in English and Women & Gender Studies. Adam is the Chamber of Commerce’s PR intern.

How would you describe yourself?

I have a passion for media and love every facet of it. I would describe myself as a media junkie. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, the beach in the summer, traveling, and experiencing different forms of the arts.

Where are you from?

I am from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It is a great town outside of Morristown and about 45 minutes outside of New York City.

What should people know about you?

Some things you should know about me, I am very hard working and I plan on working for a branding agency or a Public Relations Firm after I graduate. I have a passion for new media and enjoy interpersonal communication. I currently work for Zebra Communications as Co-manager of the student run firm, helping local clients in the Wilkes Barre area with their public relations needs. I plan on graduating in Spring of 2016.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I originally was looking at Kings College for school, but since I was already up in the area, I took a look at Wilkes University. After I looked at Wilkes, I knew it was the place for me. I chose NEPA because I wanted to be away from home, but at the same time, I wanted to be accessible to go back to New Jersey.

How did you choose your major?

I have strong interpersonal skills and I enjoy great conversations. I originally wanted to go into radio and television because growing up I was always told that I had a voice for radio. Once I discovered Wilkes Universities public relations program and how I can integrate myself into Zebra Communications I was hooked.

What are your impressions of Wilkes-Barre?

I love the beauty of the Susquehanna river. My freshman year my dorm room looked out onto the river. I feel that Wilkes-Barre has great environmental appeal. The Colleges in the community have made a great impact on the town but there still needs to be improvements.

What would keep you here in NEPA when you graduate?

I feel for young PR professionals, there needs to be more opportunities. I would love to stay in Wilkes-Barre if there were guaranteed job opportunities.

What do you hope your future looks like?

I would love to run my own branding agency, or strategy based PR agency. I want to travel the world working for different clients.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I would like to take some time to backpack through Europe and find a great job in communications, preferably in PR. If I keep up what I am doing I feel I am destined for success!

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV's Studios

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV’s Studios

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