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US Secretary of Commerce visits Pittston

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo toured downtown Pittston on Friday and said the revitalization she saw is “inspiring.”

Raimondo, the former governor of Rhode Island, walked up and down Main Street with Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo, Pittston’s Main Street Manager Mary Kroptavich and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

They stopped to look at a mural and visited Callahan’s Cafe and Coffee House, Art E Fekts Gallery and women-owned businesses Merle Norman Cosmetics and AH Baby + Co.


Lombardo and Kroptavich, the executive director at Art E Fekts Gallery, told Raimondo that about 87% of businesses on Main Street in Pittston are owned or co-owned by women.

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