Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. was in good company on May 7. The Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Excellence Awards was held at Mountain Valley Clubhouse and was filled with enthusiasm as a variety of awards were presented to the business community. Downtown Shenandoah received the Employers Excellence Award for Expansion for spearheading The Center For Education, Business & Arts. CEBA, which is currently under construction. This community center and innovation hub will strengthen the economic landscape of Schuylkill County. CEBA is for all walks of life to collaborate, take classes, and find the resources they need to strengthen their skill sets. 

Additionally, as a zoning requirement based on the building's size, DSI transformed two properties on South Main Street previously damaged by fire into an off-street parking lot for CEBA visitors. 

DSI Board Members, Karen Kenderdine, Mary Luscavage, Ann Taylor, & Mary Ellen Matunis enjoy a relaxed evening during the Manufacturers and Employers Excellence Awards. DSI received the Employers Excellence Award for ExpansionMAEA Executive Director, Darelene Robbins congratulates Karen Kenderdine during the Excellence Awards Dinner on May 7.

"Thank you for honoring DSI with this award," said Karen Kenderdine, board president and treasurer. "We recently held our groundbreaking ceremony and are looking forward to all the amazing opportunities that CEBA will bring to Shenandoah and surrounding communities. I want to thank the MAEA team for recognizing this project, everyone who has donated and supported us along the way, including my DSI board member colleagues."

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