Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development is Closed to the Public


Due to the existing COVID-19 state of emergency, the Lackawanna County Government Center, including the Department of Planning and Economic Development, is CLOSED to the public.

The Planning Department does NOT have the capability to accept electronic copies of subdivision and land development plans or ordinances and amendments. The department cannot review electronic or paper copies of these documents remotely. At this time, the department will NOT be accepting any subdivision and land development plans for review in any form. The department also does NOT have the capability to remotely review any Commonwealth forms requiring county review i.e. Chapter 102, Act 67/68, etc., or issue any letters of support for any project applications. Upon re-opening of the Government Center, the department will resume normal operations.

Community Re-invest Requests for Reimbursement, Business Improvement Grant applications, and SBA Fee Waiver applications will only be accepted electronically while the Government Center is closed. The department asks that you please be patient; turnaround times may be longer due to the limited in-office time. Please make sure that all required information is submitted; otherwise, payments may be further delayed. Please email all requests and applications to:

[email protected] AND [email protected].

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Three Community Re-Invest Projects

Three projects, focusing on pet care, public safety and veterans were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $7,389.  The public-private partnership investment for 2019 is $2,498,577.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition.  The overall public-private investment since its inception is $8,191,927.

The projects that were approved during the final round of funding for 2019 include:


       Project Description: A/C and new heating system at facility.

       Total Project Cost: $2,389                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,389



       Project Description: Station renovations that include flooring and windows.

       Total Project Cost: $10,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500



       Project Description: Meeting hall floor improvements.

       Total Project Cost: $10,399                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500


Lackawanna County is holding two (2) Local Share Account (LSA) Monroe County
Grant Workshops on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM and Thursday, August 8,
2019 at 1:00 PM at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 500 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA

These workshops will help agencies or municipalities that wish to apply to the LSA
Program for project funding. The workshops are held for approximately an hour
and there will be a question and answer period.
Please contact our office at 570-963-6830 x1375 or email
[email protected] to RSVP.

Brenda Sacco Named The County’s Acting Economic Development Director

Lackawanna County government would like to announce Brenda N. Sacco, Dunmore, acting Economic Development Director for Lackawanna County.

The appointment is effective today (March 6).

As the County’s acting economic chief, Ms. Sacco will be responsible for ongoing marketing strategies and incentives to promote the area as a location destination.  She will also be involved in overseeing the department’s loan programs portfolio and housing initiatives, handling planning and community development activities, supervising staff, representing the office at various real estate associations’ meetings and conferences, working with the Governor’s Action Team and other organizations to assist the local business base and to provide site tours to prospects for potential expansion here, to mention a cross section of her new duties.

Brenda began her financial career in 1994 in New York City with Credit Lyonnais as a Financial Analyst. She later joined Lehman Brothers, working as a Vice President for eight years with her duties focusing on the equity markets.

She moved back to the area and joined First National Community Bank as a Vice President.

Brenda began her career with Lackawanna County in 2013 as Deputy Director of Finance and Operations for the Department of Planning and Economic Development, overseeing planning, economic and community development, and finance activities.  She was also responsible for managing the day-to-day operations.

Ms. Sacco has obtained several professional licenses including, General Securities Representative (Series 7, 66 and 31), Pennsylvania Life and Health Insurance, and a Pennsylvania Real Estate License.  She is a Board member of MetroAction and is Vice President of the Veterans Resource Coalition of NEPA.

She is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Drexel University, earning a degree in Accounting and Finance from the LeBow College of Business.

Her salary has been set at $68,000.