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Industrial Park Series: Business Landscape Rapidly Changing in Lackawanna County





March 7, 2019


Business Landscape Rapidly Changing in Lackawanna County

By: Bob Durkin, President, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce


Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA - The business landscape is rapidly changing in Lackawanna County.


The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, through our economic and workforce development affiliates, the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO), The Scranton Plan and Skills in Scranton, is building a business model upon a platform of business attraction, sustainment and growth.


The Chamber has deep roots in the development of our industrial base in Greater Scranton, providing family-sustaining jobs and community investments. In 2019, changes in industry are happening rapidly, driving our team to be a connector for business and industry with national development firms, workforce development partnerships, business and education collaborations and financing availability.


The Chamber, with a membership for more than 1,400 businesses, has through SLIBCO built 15 business parks, developed 3,000 acres and constructed multiple buildings, including two business incubators, the Scranton Enterprise Center and The TekRidge Center (Jessup).


Within the last five years, the Jessup Small Business Center and Valley View Business Park, a mixed-use development serving office, manufacturing and distribution, has been the location of choice for many businesses looking to relocate and grow in Lackawanna County. In addition, major private developers have invested in these locations, including Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, NorthPoint Development, First Industrial Realty Trust, Gramercy Property Trust and nationally recognized Trammel Crow, who plans build a one million square feet speculative e-commerce development.


Additionally, SLIBCO properties such as Scott Technology Park (Scott Township), Glenmaura Corporate Center (Moosic), Mt. Pleasant Corporate Center (Scranton) and land holdings in Archbald and Benton Township offer a wide variety of options for industrial and economic development investments.


Companies are finding these areas within Lackawanna County attractive for business growth due to proximity to major markets, prime real estate for purchase or lease, and attractive incentives to support business growth and investment.


Available programs include:

  • Keystone Opportunity Zones
  • Keystone Innovation Zones
  • Federal Economic Opportunity Zones.


Looking to the future, the Chamber is working to expand our Skills in Scranton workforce development programming. Focused on five growing industry sectors, -Logistics and Transportation, Building and Construction, Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare, this Business-Education partnership is working to undertake tangible, industry-driven efforts that impact regional workforce needs. These partnerships are bringing awareness of current and future job opportunities to both secondary and post-secondary classrooms – through internships, job shadowing, community awareness and partner collaborations, to build a healthy workforce and business ecosystem.


Now, more than ever is the time to be look toward Lackawanna County. We are here to provide leadership and support to grow your business. To learn more about how the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce can help you contact us today at 570-342-7711 or visit us on the web at


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