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.

Regional Indicators

The Indicators are coming - Save the date for May 10, 2018 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am at Mohegan Sun Pocono!

Indicators 2018 was a huge success with about 160 regional leaders in attandance. This innovative and thought provoking program presented a fascinating snapshot of whatís trending in NEPA. Cutting edge research was captured this year through our issues based task force network. Your missionís success depends on making the best decisions and being informed leads to better decision making. We hope you will take this opportunity to become informed about the challenges and opportunities unique to our region from the economy and education to healthcare and public safety. Policy makers, non-profit leaders and civic entrepreneurs have relied the work of The Institute for successful decision making and we hope that you will too.

Click on the link below to read Indicators 2018 and review the Pillars of a Strong Community Index. Further, each of the task force pages hold cutting edge research that was previewed at Indicators 2018.

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.

The report brings together in a single document a wealth of social, environment, and economic data that contributes to building civic agendas by providing a common information base for policy makers, non-profit leaders, and civic entrepreneurs. This thought provoking document sets a solid baseline as to where the region has been, where we are, and where we are going. The most important outcome should be the resulting dialogue that stimulates specific action in moving this region forward, in a thoughtful way and drives future priorities to improve conditions needing special attention.

At the initial Indicators Forum, 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. Four task forces were formed and three have since been added.

The Institute convenes and facilitates ongoing meetings and provides research and policy support when needed. 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 2013-2014 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.

The task forces are:

Indicators 2018 Event Program
Lackawanna Luzerne County Indicators 2018

Indicators 2017 Event Program
Lackawanna Luzerne County Indicators 2017

Indicators 2016 Event Program
Lackawanna Luzerne County Indicators 2016

Pillars of a Strong Community 2018
Pillars of a Strong Community 2017
Pillars of a Strong Community 2016 Pilliars is an Index developed by The Institute. Pillars demonstrates what it take to be a strong region, and how well we are doing at attaining it compared to other regions?


2018 sponsors to date include (alpha order):