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 provides a full range of objective research services to businesses, government entities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. The experienced staff at The Institute, along with its higher education partners, possesses extensive knowledge of economic and demographic research, economic development practices, and urban planning. Private and public sector clients look to The Institute’s unique research expertise to help them make informed decisions through the strategic application of objective analysis.

The Institute’s seasoned researchers combine public, private, and non-profit experience and skills into each project.  Each client receives a high quality product with objective data analysis in order to make decisions that enhance revitalization, growth, and sustainability.

The Institute staff works with each closely with each client to develop the framework and final objectives of each project. Next, The Institute develops the research methodology with the highest quality standards, specific deliverables, and a timeline to ensure the client receive the most effective product on time and within budget. Studies identify best practices and strategic initiatives for both the short and long term.

Our services include:

  • Asset Maps
  • Community Development  Studies
  • Community Profiles
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Market and Feasibility Analyses
  • Economic and Demographic Profiles
  • Economic and Tax Impact Studies
  • Economic  Development Strategies
  • Education Studies
  • Health Assessments
  • Indicators – Benchmarks – Indexes
  • Industry Studies
  • Policy Analysis and Policy Statements
  • Tourism Strategic Marketing  Plans
  • Workforce Studies

           Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis
           Regional Economics and Economic Development Strategies & Practices
           Survey Design and Social Science Research
           Input-Output Analysis
           Collaborative Processes
           Convening & Facilitation
           Market and Feasibility Analysis
         Trusted --- Reliable --- Innovative  --- Creative --- Strategic

           High Percentage of Repeat Clients
           Always Delivers
           New Opportunities and Strategies