SABER’s Mission Statement SABER’s mission is to improve the economy of the Shamokin area, including the surrounding communities, to promote and endorse those businesses in our community, to encourage the retention and growth of our existing businesses, and, as well, to attract new, sustainable businesses. While fostering a business friendly environment, SABER will work to enrich the life of the community and improve the appearance, spirit, and pride of the community. SABER will honor, preserve, and celebrate our historic past while we strive to achieve a vision of our community as a more desirable place to live and as a destination to work, shop, eat, and gather.

SABER Beginnings 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).

 SABER is a non-partisan group.

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.

SABER  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!

Want to become a member? Complete this form and either drop it off at 150 E Lincoln St (Bamse building) or email it to SABER@goshamokin.com. Annual fees for membership in SABER is $100. 

SABER Membership Application