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Schiavo Aids Hazleton’s Resurgence
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Joe Roda, L’74
Ruthanne Beighley, L’76
Pasco Schiavo, L’62
Joe Sensenbrenner, L’73,
For years, coal ruled Hazleton. The industry stoked the local economy, employing three quarter of the work force in the town of 80,000 people. The coal mined in Hazleton supplied Big Steel and turned America into an industrial power. And then, like the dinosaur, the industry vanished, supplanted by cleaner, more efficient fuels. By the time Pasco Schiavo, L’62 graduated from Penn Law School, his town in Northeastern Pennsylvania was reeling. But Schiavo saw the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, and decided to return to his hometown.

Schiavo considered practicing law in Florida, Arizona, or the Philadelphia area. Instead, he came back home because he saw potential for a turnaround, fueled by the building of Interstates 80 and 81. He considered the town’s location near the major cities, the new roads to transport products, and he saw commerce. He was right. Hazleton rebounded, becoming a manufacturing and shipping center, with major industrial parks, Fortune 500 branch operations including Coca-Cola and Archer Daniels Midlands, and even brighter economic prospects through continued growth in tourism and industry.
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