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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
Faculty & Student Involvement
Luzerne County Community College
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
University of Scranton
+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 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
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
“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
County Migration Patterns
Birth & Death Rate Analysis
The Impact of Arts, Culture, Recreation, and Venue on Community Revitalization
Regionalism: A Primer
The State of K-12 Education
County Business Patterns
Sample of Indicators
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