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America’s Best Communities Update: Penn State Wilkes-Barre Partnership

Penn State Wilkes-Barre students have been involved in the America’s Best Communities competition!

As their semester project, Terry Clemente’s Contemporary Business Skills class at Penn State Wilkes-Barre have been educating and engaging local businesses, non-profits, community members, and other colleges students about the America’s Best Communities Competition and our community revitalization plans and goals.

The 12 students in the class were divided into three groups, and each group was assigned a personalized hashtag (#PSU1, #PSU2, and #PSU3) to promote some friendly competition and allow students to track their progress through social media. Each team was responsible for developing their own education and social media engagement strategy for ABC, which they would then implement throughout the semester.

Students were given suggestion lists of local businesses, non-profits, community events, and surrounding higher education institutions to reach out to about the Wilkes-Barre’s plans for the ABC campaign, and were encouraged to connect with organizations and individuals from their own networks as well.

The students sent emails, made phone calls, arranged meetings, and set up outreach tables throughout the community to spread the word about America’s Best Communities, and to engage local organizations and community members through social media. People were encouraged to show their support on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using the ABC50 hashtag. Many have responded featuring pictures of their businesses with our America’s Best Communities signs, “selfies” with these signs, or text posts about the competition. The students themselves have developed countless posts to promote ABC, and one group has even developed a Facebook page for The City of Wilkes-Barre’s ABC campaign.

The student’s efforts have been responsible for over 300 posts, with approximately 3,300 additional engagements through likes, shares, and comments.

They have truly connected with and inspired our community, and have made our community excited about being one of America’s Best Communities!



INTERN INSIGHT: Meghan Flanagan

Meghan Flanagan- Grant Specialist InternMeghan Flanagan is in her last semester at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, working towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. She is the Grant Specialist Intern for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce for this Spring.

What are some are your hobbies?

My hobbies include hiking, exploring local areas, reading, and writing.

Where are you from? 

I have lived in Wilkes-Barre, PA since I was born. I grew up within close proximity to the Downtown Public Square and Kirby Park. I have many memories of spending hours reading in the Osterhout Library and meeting up with friends at local businesses. I attended Holy Redeemer High School. While in college, I have completed an internship at Luzerne County Community College as a Writing Center Intern, worked at Penn State as a Peer Tutor, and held a part-time position at Target.

What are your thoughts on Wilkes-Barre?

My lasting impressions of this area are intricately tied to the memories that I have made with family and friends at locations and in small local businesses. My love of nature, hiking, and animals developed from time spent at Ricketts Glen State Park and Francis Slocum State Parks. A love of small businesses and local produce is the result of family trips to Hillside Farms.

Why Penn State Wilkes-Barre?
I almost went to college in a different part of the state, but chose to stay local and attend Penn State Wilkes-Barre. I instantly fell in love with caring, committed faculty, especially within the English department, and the rural location of the campus.

How did you choose your major?

I chose to be an English major because of a long standing love of reading and writing, which has translated into a deep appreciation for all of the arts and a fascination for the generation of ideas. I am constantly amazed by the diverse employment options available to English major, and how our core skill set is an essential component to a variety of job types.

What do you plan on doing after you graduate?

When I graduate, I would love to work in the non-profit or educational sector as a grant writer. I hope to connect my affection for small business, agri-business, community involvement, and higher education support to my training as an English major. After college, I am open to staying in the area or moving to a new state to pursue employment opportunities.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be writing independently or for an organization that is dedicated to community betterment, local business support, or environmental protection.


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