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 Initiative began in 2006 with the first report that was presented to an audience of regional stakeholders from the public and private sector. At that meeting, the audience was asked to divide themselves into four groups to participate in the first ever regional visioning and planning workshop. Attendees heard from a panel of experts and were then asked to develop a vision centered around the their workshop topic, create short and long term objectives, and commit to ongoing participation on the task force. The topics were:
The Institute convenes and facilitates ongoing meetings and provides research and policy support when needed. Since then additional task forces were formed. Each task force develops their own strategic priorities. Many of these individuals have volunteered their time since 2006 to serve on these task forces to produce resources for the community, new applied research, convening opportunities, and policy suggestions. During the 2011 - 2012 year, several task forces prepared policy statements on an issue integral to their mission in hopes of influencing policy and increasing understanding the opportunities and challenges facing northeastern Pennsylvania. Others chose a research agenda in order to begin the process of understanding an issue that could benefit from policy reform. This year marked the development of an Energy Task Force focusing on harnessing more economic impact in Lackawanna and Luzerne County from the Marcellus Shale drilling in surrounding counties and a public safety group was formed that is assisting Congressman Barletta and Senator Yudichak in the coordination of their initiative "Operation Gang Up."The 2013 task force booklet includes both policy and white papers. Attached is the PPT handout for each of the task forces. Full papers will be posted in July 2013. The public safety research is posted at http://www.operationgangup.com . The housing toolkit data will be added to http://www.nepahousing.org in July.
The 2012 - 2013 task force booklet is available here. 2013 Regional Task Force Agenda
The 2011 - 2012 task force booklet is available here. 2012 Regional Policy Book
The Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties Indicators Report tracks data and trends that are critical to the region’s future. The project measures the region’s progress over time on key economic, education, public safety, health and human services, environment, and infrastructure measures portraying the quality of life in our region. The Indicators have been produced annually by The Institute since 2006.
2013 sponsors to date include: