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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is SABER? In late fall 2018, local investors and entrepreneurs formed an informal group to collaborate and discuss joint needs and opportunities. Beyond current and future business owners, these meetings are regularly attended by local and state elected officials, representatives from the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), staff from visitors’ bureaus, Chamber of Commerce, and business support providers including Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Workforce Development (CPWDC/CareerLink), and SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG).


What is the Partnership for Revitalization? The city of Shamokin and its surrounding area is experiencing a rebirth; and SABER, the Shamokin City Council and SEDA- COG have recognized the opportunity in the Shamokin Area to provide leadership to help guide the city into a revitalization revolution; providing hope to the current residents, and opportunities to outside investors. SEDA-COG is capitalizing and strengthening current and past private, local, state and federal investments by harnessing and directing the momentum by immersing itself in the community and offering its staff comprising of 45 Economic Development, Community Development, Geographic Information System (GIS), Information Technology (IT), and Housing specialists, to coordinate the efforts to maximize the results to see economic and social revitalization in the Shamokin Area. The Partnership for Revitalization is funded through the Keystone Communities Fund grant, thanks to Representative Kurt Masser, until summer 2022.


Is SABER politically affiliated? No. SABER is a non-partisan group.


How often does SABER meet, and who can attend meetings? The members of SABER meet monthly. Unfortunately, due to the interest of this group, the meetings are limited as to who can attend to current and future business owners and those who provide support for businesses. Should you like to attend a meeting, please contact us.

Do you think your business could benefit from becoming a member of SABER? Please contact us today!

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