Good morning everyone, and welcome back to work! We hope you enjoyed your New Year's break and are ready to get back to work. Here is your Monday Daily Briefing.
In Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania Sands is set to hire another 500-600 people for the expected legalization of table games, and the Sands says they are hoping to use Lehigh Valley residents to fill 90% of the new jobs. In Easton, the city has been selected to host a private gala for the upcoming Triple-A All-Star game this July. The game will be held on July 14 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The Morning Call also runs a profile on the early conflicts between Republican Charlie Dent and Democrat John Callahan in what is shaping up to be one of the more heated races in the county. The article focuses on the differences in approaches to government spending.
In state-wide news, the Morning Call runs a story on the increasing use of food stamps in a down economy, noting that their use from 2008-2009 in Pennsylvania increased by roughly 19%.
In nation-wide news, a report in Bloomberg indicates that economists are predicting that the publication of this Friday's new unemployment report will show that the economy shed only 1,000 jobs in December, the smallest drop in two years. And, if you are planning on flying to a country that is known as a "state sponsor of terrorism or other countries of interest," be warned, you will be subjected to enhanced security.
We have one Chamber event today: a Greater Northern Chamber of Commerce lunch on Insurance.
Business Matters airs today, featuring a one-on-one interview with Chris Doherty, Mayor of Scranton. The show will air at 8:00pm tonight on WFMZ-TV. You can also check out the Business Matters Blog for more information.
That's all for now! We'll see you later.