Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Four More Community Re- Invest Projects

Four new projects, focusing on youth sports activities, holiday lighting and recreation facility upgrades, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $100,000.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the Commissioners have approved grants for 57 projects totaling $904,667.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of the ventures is $4,150, 978.

The funding for these projects once again highlight the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth, development and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding for the activities have helped to serve as a catalyst to leverage new growth and development in other boroughs, townships and municipalities.

Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Corey D. O’Brien and Patrick M. O’Malley noted that the Community Re-Invest Program has been a true partnership with the surrounding communities and civic groups.  It has served as a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include:

Applicant: Archbald Borough

        Project Description: Upgrade the existing basketball and tennis courts at Ed Staback Park with the application of an acrylic, colored sport surface.

Total Project Cost: $45,168

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000

Applicant: Dickson City Light Committee

        Project Description: Purchase new Christmas lights and banners for Dickson City, including 45 snowflake lights, 12 angel lights, and 40 banners for Main Street from I-81 to Blakely Borough line.

        Total Project Cost: $60,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Applicant: Carbondale YMCA

        Project Description: Purchase a hot water heater system, pool heater, gym divider, Astroturf for outdoor play area, and an upper body ergometer.

        Total Project Cost: $34,245

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Applicant: Triboro Soccer

        Project Description: Purchase and installation of a permanent lighting system at the soccer field next to the Eagle-McClure Hose Company.  The Triboro league serves the communities of Moosic, Taylor and Old Forge.

        Total Project Cost: $110,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2015.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.      


Thinking of starting a business?  Looking to grow your business?  Today The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Lackawanna County announced a joint economic development initiative designed to make it easier to access services to help grow your business, right here in Lackawanna County.

Lackawanna County is home to a host of business development organizations that provide a wide array of support services to help budding and growing businesses. This initiative seeks to strengthen the communications and interconnectedness between and among those entities; Establish a gateway to such resources for those looking to start or expand a business, and; Launch an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness of these services, and position Lackawanna County as one of the best places to start, expand or relocate a business.

“In nearly every aspect technology is driving industry and innovation.  To compete with other markets, we need to exist in that space,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “By developing a web-based portal to the support services available to businesses located in Lackawanna County, we can increase the effectiveness of these independent services while making the process of starting or growing a business here easier to navigate.”

The initiative can be perceived as a “portal” through which entrepreneurs and/or ongoing business concerns can step to access the range of business development tools including: loan programs, tax incentives, business plan support, educational resources, venture capital, technical support, networking opportunities and more.

“This economic development initiative is a tremendous way to showcase Lackawanna County and will be a very valuable asset for us in our goal of creating jobs and diversifying our economy.  It will inform local businesses and companies outside the area where to go for assistance and what’s available to utilize for their projects,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners.  “This program is a true community partnership.”

“As a part of our Job Creation Initiative, this project will let corporate officials and site selection personnel know that we are ‘open for business.’  It will feature the public/private partnerships at work in our community that are business-friendly,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “We are also promoting the incentives that are available to help companies come here, build a foundation, create family sustaining jobs, thrive and be a cornerstone for our growth.”

“This is a great opportunity for Lackawanna County.  It is a chance to show off our community’s assets, vibrancy and business climate.  It gives decision-makers a real hard look at what we can offer if they locate their operation or a satellite branch here,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Gerrity Park Secures County Funding For Upgrades

As State and City of Scranton officials look on, the Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a $15,000 Lackawanna County Community Re-Invest Program check to the North Scranton Neighborhood Association for improvements to Gerrity Park. The funding will be used to cover the costs of play equipment, a storage facility, fencing and sidewalk improvements to meet ADA regulations.

L-r, Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright, State Representative Marty Flynn, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Michael Grogan, William Gerrity, Marylouise Grogan, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development; and Commissioner Jim Wansacz.