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.



The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development (The Institute), formerly known as Joint Urban Studies Center (JUSC) is a partnership of nine colleges and universities in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre/ Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Institute’s managing partner is Wilkes University. 

Formed in 2004, the center began operations with pledged capital from business and industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations in the city of Wilkes-Barre to assist with specific revitalization efforts now completed or near completion.

From there, The Institute emerged as a regional entity providing both community based research for informed planning and decision-making and a premier resource for public, private, and non-profit sectors to use in developing feasibility, market or impact studies; strategy; program evaluation; initiatives; and policy.