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"I attended my first [Chamber] breakfast in March of this
year. I was interested in hearing Congressman Smucker
speak about current issues concerning Pennsylvania
and the current health care issues. I am part owner of a
small business in Lancaster County and like a lot of small
businesses we struggle with providing our employees good
health care that is affordable, rising taxes, and finding and
hiring dedicated employees.

I was not sure what to expect but I was very pleased with
the program. I enjoyed meeting new people, both business
owners and those who are involved in business in some
capacity. I will definitely attend another [Chamber program]."
Kandis Shaffer, General Office Manager
Lancaster Truck Repair
"The Community Conversation on the Heroin and Opioid
epidemic was quite shocking. The presentation was very
direct and honest as the presenters live with this crisis on a
daily basis. The extensive exposure and relationship was
clearly defined in the connection between the user, family,
friends, workplace and community. The issues addressed
were quite astounding to me since I am not in contact
with this situation on a daily basis; i.e. health care costs,
the training costs for the responders, the employer costs,
the risks that the responders face daily along with the
psychological issues that friends, family and the community
are faced with. I previously believed that this crisis did not
affect me as we tend to believe 'not in my backyard.' This has
made me aware of the necessity to review my environment
daily for possible situations that might need interventions.
I now understand that paths must be created to enable the
entire community to come together through awareness -
employers, family, churches, organizations must engage,
listen, talk and support."
Toni L. Tice, Human Resource Manager, Payroll Specialist
Longenecker's Hatchery, Inc.
During our inaugural Prosperity Indicator Community
Conversations we focused on the heroin and opioid
epidemic that is crippling Lancaster County and our region.
We started with a national and regional assessment on
this crisis and then localized the issue and its impact. Local
experts shared how business can play a role in combating
this crisis, the impact heroin is having on the community and
signs employers can look for, potential treatments options
and more.
For more information and resources,
visit then "Community Initiatives."
28 | LANCASTERTHRIVING! | Spring/Summer2017

Congressman Lloyd Smucker met with business and
community leaders at our Wake Up to the Issues Forum and
spoke about the goal to repeal and replace the Affordable
Care Act, tax reform and strengthening the workforce.

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