Karen Kenderdine, DSI's president, explained the history of DSI to Fetterman.

"It was a vision and a dream to

bring this community back to life," said Kenderdine. She said the group

formerly met at a nursing home in town, raising money until they became

self-sustaining.

"We had this idea that we were going

to acquire the property across the street [Davison's], and we did, and

we wanted to build market price apartments," said Kenderdine. "Through

PDC [Pennsylvania Downtown Center] helping us, and sitting many hours

and talking, that was not the most appropriate path we could take, and

that's how we came to where we are today with an innovation and

entrepreneur center."

Kenderdine told Fetterman the organization, in total, needs $12.5 Million to make the facility a reality.

"We're not naive, we know we cannot

recreate the past, that's not what we're trying to do. We're trying to

create a bright new future for our communities," Kenderdine added.

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