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.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Support Station Park

The third phase of Jessup Borough’s beautification project involves the construction of a pavilion at Station Park. Students in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 in the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology Program at Johnson College created the contract drawings for the work being done on Station Park for the borough as a community project. Jessup will use the plans for pricing and project planning. The Lackawanna County Commissioners assisted in this development by presenting Jessup representatives with a $15,388 Community Re-Invest Program check.

L-r, George Kelly, the County’s Economic Development Director; Ron Kordish, Gene Varzaly, Richard Pirrami and Alice Vanston, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Genie Lupini, Jessup Borough; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Jessup Mayor Beverly Merkel, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.