Goodwill Keystone Area hires new president and CEO 


Goodwill Keystone Area announced its new president and CEO who will lead the nonprofit across its 22-county footprint in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Edward Lada Jr. Joins Goodwill Keystone Area after leading as CEO for the Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, in Kansas City, Kansas. He started his career with Goodwill as vice president of contracts and facilities management services at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana. 

Lada has a master’s in public administration and a focus on modern and advanced technology and streamlined operational efficiencies. 

“I am excited to build upon the great work Goodwill Keystone Area has done for more than 70 years and to help this organization be on the leading edge of workforce opportunities that train individuals in future technologies for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Lada. “We have an amazing opportunity to grow our tremendous legacy by leveraging technologies in an ethical and responsible way, to augment the human experience, not replace it, and to create truly integrated and inclusive work environments.” 

Prior to launching his Goodwill career, Lada was director of business development and operations with Jani-King, one of the nation’s largest commercial cleaning providers. 

Lada holds a master’s degree in public administration and ethical leadership from Marist College and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Loyola University of Louisiana. 

Pennsylvania joins multi-state group developing network storing CO2

Pennsylvania joins six other states developing a plan to create a widescale system to capture and store carbon dioxide.

The long-term goal described in a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s offices would create the infrastructure needed to transport the greenhouse gas emissions created by energy production, manufacturing and other industries.

Wolf said the plan to pursue a carbon capture and storage system is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the effects of global warming, adding the infrastructure project would also bring jobs to the commonwealth.

“This infrastructure plan will continue to invest in those jobs and even create new jobs in emerging energy industries while reducing harmful CO2 emissions,” he said.

Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming have already joined a memorandum of understanding intended to create a regional and national carbon storage network.

The intent is for states to work together proposing tax credits and other financial incentives to connect the network to sites that typically create large amounts of carbon dioxide, like power plans.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s website describes carbon capture systems as an underground storage for the gas that would otherwise be put out in the air.

The process essentially stores carbon gases inside of various rock formations, including underground saline water formations, oil and natural gas reservoirs or coal seams that can’t be mined.

The collective group of states would first form a “coordination group” to develop a plan over the next year, using findings from a recently released study by the Great Plains Institute, the release adds.

The study by the Minneapolis-based nonprofit research group identified most of western Pennsylvania as areas where carbon storage could be provided at a “very low cost.”

More information about the multi-state carbon storage plan can be found at carboncaptureready.betterenergy.org.