The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and is pleased to announce that, through its efforts, the City of Scranton has been named a quarterfinalist in the America’s Best Communities competition, sponsored by Frontier Communications.
Also Celebrating Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The City of Wilkes-Barre also qualified as one of 50 quarter-finalists in Frontier Communication’s competition designed to identify America’s Best Community.
A celebratory dinner was held at the Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field
America’s Best Communities is a $10 million competition to revitalize small towns and rural communities. Because Scranton was chosen as a quarterfinalist, it will receive a $50,000 grant for a community revitalization project and is now a contender for a $3 million grand prize.
Featured in the Photo: Elena Kilpatrick, Frontier Communications; Robert Durkin, President, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; William Courtright, Mayor of Scranton; Tom Leighton, Mayor of Wilkes-Barre; and Wico van Genderen, President, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Wilkes-Barre Celebrates
The City of Wilkes-Barre has recently qualified as one of 50 quarter-finalists in Frontier Communication’s competition designed to identify America’s Best Community. This gives our city the opportunity to compete for up to $3 million in support of a strategic revitalization plan that will spur economic growth and advancement in our region. The America’s Best Communities competition contributes $10 million over three years to support innovative plans for revitalization in small towns and cities across the U.S
Thanks to our sponsors Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel, CoBank, and our local partner Scripps Network Interactive, Wilkes-Barre has received $50,000 towards the development of our strategic plan during this quarter-finalist phase.
We will utilize a GoPro camera provided by our sponsors to document the impact that this competition has had on our community, as well as our progress towards implementing downtown Wilkes-Barre’s five year action plan. Our videos will focus on six core goals that will enhance and transform the downtown. Downtown Wilkes-Barre will be:
A safe, clean, and attractive place to live, work, shop, and visit
The region’s college neighborhood
The region’s “walk-to-everything” neighborhood of choice.
The region’s “Innovation District”: a setting for business growth and entrepreneurship
A great visitor’s experience, enhanced by our historic architecture, riverfront, colleges, and walk-ability
A regional center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment
This downtown revitalization plan was developed through the support of our committee members, including the Diamond City Partnership, the City of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes University, Kings College, Senator John T. Yudichak, and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski.
These goals align to form an accessible innovative hub that leverages the arts, entertainment, area businesses, and local colleges and universities.
A New Vision for Downtown Scranton
Eds, Meds and the Electric City
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, MetroAction, are proposing a new definition of Downtown Scranton as part of its contribution to the America’s Best Communities competition.
This new vision expands the downtown area to include three higher education institutions, three hospitals and multiple specialty practices. Under the “meds and eds” platform, this economic development plan includes jobs, people, business and infrastructure improvements and showcases the Electric City’s strengths— first-rate educational institutions and world class medical services.
There has been recent progress in Scranton’s development, including a renewed effort to establish a comprehensive financial recovery plan, vast investment in land and in buildings by the educational and medical communities, a growing entrepreneurial network, added upscale and residential living spaces, and a variety of downtown-centric events, among other things.
In future weeks, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will host six meetings that will touch on the categories of economic, community and workforce development, all under the umbrella of “meds and eds.” These meetings are designed to engage as many community partners as possible so we can discuss the city’s strengths in more detail.
Our plan represents a new opportunity for the City of Scranton to increasingly show why it is a hidden gem among the cities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and why it truly is one of America’s Best Communities.