PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) This is not your run of the mill meeting. The topics being discussed here impact hundreds of thousands of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania..
The 2016 indicators report is compiled by the institute for public policy and economic development at Wilkes University. The report indicates that violent crime is up slightly in both counties..
In Lackawanna county it rose 1.7 percent from 2014.. Luzerne county also saw an increase of 2.4 percent.
State Senator John Yudichak has been working with Congressman Lou Barletta to deter crimes related to gangs.
He talked about the highly successful after school program called “Shine.”
“We’re going to use every available technology to combat drugs to combat crime combat these gangs that are unfortunately have imbedded themselves into our community.” Said Senator John Yudichak
The report also shows that infrastructure improvements– such as bridge and road repairs are making progress..
It also indicate that the natural gas industry is still a key player in economic growth in northeastern Pennsylvania.
“The real hold up right now the lack of infrastructure to get the gas out of the ground and to the market and that is being worked on currently. I believe within a year or so it will be back in business.” Said Bill Sordoni, Sordoni Construction Services.
The general consensus is that while good things are happening…Some things seem to hold the area back..attitude being one of them.
“One of the things i find here in the region we are one of our own worst enemies. People tend to not look very positively on the area they live in. Jobs they work for the region in general.” said Teri Ooms, Director Institute for Public Polcy and Economic Development,