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The institute s mission

The Institute’ s Mission

  • The Institute’s Mission is to assist in the revitalization of cities, counties, states, non-profits, and business through the utilization of the Center’s expertise and resources, including its member University and Colleges. Their respective faculty and students are used as resources to facilitate effective and efficient government, to disseminate best practices, to conduct applied research, and strategy development.



  • Challenge Grant & Wilkes University

  • Other Higher Education Institutions

  • Model

  • Faculty & Student Involvement

  • Future



  • Keystone College

  • King’s College

  • Luzerne County Community College

  • Marywood University

  • Misericordia University

  • Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • University of Scranton

  • Wilkes University

  • +18 business leaders and/or their companies



  • ResearchReports andbest practices related tocity and county planning, economic and community development, and redevelopment. Action Plansto assist local governments in operations, programs, and planning.

  • Education through white papers, seminars, workshops, and news articles on a variety of topics relating to urban planning, economic and community development, education, growth, regionalism, sustainability and government programs & operations for local government.

Technical assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Technical Assistance including data gathering and analysis, literature reviews, economic analyses, marketing studies and strategic and comprehensive plan development This also includes feasibility studies and policy analysis for business and non-profit clients.

Client driven projects

Client Driven Projects

  • Housing Strategy

  • Wi-Fi Feasibility Study

  • Volunteers in Medicine

  • Asset Mapping Project/ Development Plan

  • MCC: Community Toolkit

  • Nanticoke Strategic Plan

  • Nanticoke Act 47 Recovery Plan

  • Food Processing Industry – Workforce Development Study

  • Luzerne County Strategic Tourism Marketing Plan

  • Luzerne County Cultural Plan

  • Great Valley Technology Alliance: Technology Indicators

  • City of Wilkes-Barre Economic and Community Development Strategy

  • WSW Impact Report

  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins

The institute s mission

  • “The strength of the Center lies in its ability to do policy research, analyze options, and consult with communities on issues that matter to them and in its capacity to convene leaders from business, government, and education to create and implement a vision for the revitalization of northeastern Pennsylvania.”

    Dr. Joseph (Tim) Gilmour

    President, Wilkes University

Recent reports

Recent Reports

  • County Migration Patterns

  • Birth & Death Rate Analysis

  • The Impact of Arts, Culture, Recreation, and Venue on Community Revitalization

  • Regionalism: A Primer

  • University/Community Partnerships

  • The State of K-12 Education

  • County Business Patterns

  • Marcellus Shale

Additional work

Additional Work

  • Quarterly Newsletters

  • Op-Ed Pieces

  • Indicators Report

  • Specialty Topics

The institute s mission

Sample of Indicators

Thank you

Thank You

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Scranton, PA 18503 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

570.207.0340 570.408.9854

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