A partnership among Keystone College, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Commonwealth Medical College, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.

The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development

The Institute provides data, analysis, strategy, and implementation Planning Meetingrecommendations to provide solutions to clients. The Institute services include:
  • Indicators – Indexes
  • Community Health Assessments
  • Market and Feasibility Analyses
  • Economic Development Strategies
  • Economic and Tax Impact Studies
  • Data and Data Analysis
  • Industry Studies
  • Housing Studies
  • Workforce Studies
  • Education Studies
  • Economic and Demographic Profiles
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Support
  • Research Validation and Peer Review
  • Site Selection Research
  • Arts & Culture Studies
  • Tourism Strategic Plans
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Social Science Research and Survey Design
  • Strategy Development, Planning and Collaborative Processes
  • Asset Maps

The Institute also produces community based research and mobilizes the resources of regional institutions of higher education to engage in regional research and strategy development. Wilkes University, as the founder and managing partner in The Institute, collaborates closely with Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Pennsylvania State University/Wilkes-Barre, The Commonwealth Medical College, and the University of Scranton.

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*All information published prior to November 2008 is published under the name Joint Urban Studies Center (JUSC).