A partnership among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Wright Center, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.

Jobs, Economy, & Economic Development - Regional Indicators

To improve the quality of life and standard of living for the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania
through the formation of economic development strategies; economic analysis, case studies, and best practices
relating to effective and efficient government, growth, revitalization, and sustainability as well as policy implications impacting all of the above.

Purpose 2010 - 2012
The task force is comprised of diverse groups of professionals to convene and participate in creating strategies, plans, policy solutions based on evidence, and best practices that have the potential to positively influence local and statewide economies and economic development in order to increase jobs, attract talent, and develop a more sustainable economic environment.

Task Force Members

  • Robert Luciani, Vice President Prudential Retirement Services, - Chair
  • Pam Anslinger, Financial Homeownership Specialist, NeighborWorks Northeast
  • Clarence Baltrusaitis, CEO, NET Credit Union
  • John P. Blake, PA State Senator
  • Joe Boylan, Argent Eagle Development Corporation
  • Fran Calpin, Senior Director of College Relations, Keystone College
  • John Cognetti, President & Broker of Record, Hinerfeld Commercial Realt Estate
  • Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community Relations, University of Scranton
  • Tom Curra, President, WVIA Public Media
  • Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO, Scranton Area Foundation
  • Paige Gephardt Cognetti
  • Frank Joanlanne, President, Borton Lawson
  • Venard "Scott" Koerwer, Ed.D., Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Planning, The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Katie Leonard, MA, President, Johnson College
  • Amy Luyster, Vice President, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
  • Rodney Ridley, Director, Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise, Wilkes University
  • Lucyann Vierling, Workforce Alliance
  • Marwan Wafa, Ph.D., Penn State Worthington Scranton

Jobs, Economy & Economic Development Research
2018: The Economic Ramifications of the Unbanked and Methods to Reduce the Unbanked
2017: Understanding Regional Structural Unemployment 2017
2017: Financial Literacy Levels Impact on the Economy
2016: Financial Literacy in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties
2015: Measuring the Local Economy
2014: An Analysis of Structural Unemployment in Northeastern PA
2013: An Analysis of Local Unemployment: Cyclical or Structural
2012: Regionalization or Lack Thereof is a Drain on the Local Economy
2012: PA Needs Business Income Tax Revisions
2011: Skills: Education is NEPA's Economic Development Future