Governor brings economic development money to Lackawanna County


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Governor Tom Wolf was in Lackawanna County Friday and he brought millions of dollars for several community revitalization efforts.

Projects in Carbondale, Dickson City and Scranton will all get a boost.

The governor stopped by the 100-block of Wyoming Avenue in Scranton to visit what will become the future home of the Lackawanna County Government Center.

Governor Wolf hopes the state funding he brought for the region will benefit people who are now deciding to live in downtown areas.

“This is an integral part of our downtown!” Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright said.

City and county leaders had a lot to celebrate Friday.

Governor Tom Wolf brought $1 million in state funding to help off-set the estimated $17 million renovation of the former Globe Department Store.

By December, the building on Wyoming Avenue is expected to be the new home of Lackawanna County government.

“It’s going to make government more efficient but it’s also going to revitalize Scranton,” Governor Tom Wolf said.

County leaders hope the money will help the entire Wyoming Avenue corridor with new businesses and restaurants.

“All you have to do is look across the street, for sale, for lease, for rent, this is going to be an injection of people every single day!” Lackawanna County commissioner Patrick O’Malley said.

It isn’t just downtown Scranton that is getting economic help.

In Dickson City, the governor is providing another $1 million for new commercial and office space and a warehouse facility between the 200-and-400 blocks of Main Street.

In Carbondale, developers will get $1.5 million for a large scale redevelopment plan near the intersection of South Main Street and Eighth Avenue.

“I think the one down on South Main Street will really solidify that ‘main gateway’ into Carbondale because Business 6 comes up Eighth Avenue and turns left onto Main Street so you’re literally entering the main street district,” Carbondale mayor Justin Taylor said.

All of the projects getting money require a “dollar for dollar” match in non-state funding.

Governor Wolf says each project will attract new jobs.

“We need to do what we can to bring people back downtown, bring opportunities back downtown and this is just a part of it,” Governor Wolf said.

Besides projects in Lackawanna County, the governor is also providing money for similar efforts in Luzerne, Monroe, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.

Lackawanna County 

Ashburn Advisors, LLC 
Carbondale Development Partners 

Just Believe Recovery Center of Carbondale, LLC 
Lackawanna DAAWN: Drug & Alcohol Addiction – Winning with our Neighbors 

Lackawanna County 
Lackawanna County Efficiency in Government Center Building Project 

Scranton-Cherry, LP 
Scranton Counseling Center Project 

Lackawanna County 
Dickson City Revitalization Project 

Luzerne County 

Misericordia University 
Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program Facilities Project 

King’s College 
King’s College Spring Brook Engineering Building Project 

Wilkes University 
Wilkes University Pharmacy Initiative 

Waterfront Management Group, LLC 
Waterfront Warehouse Conversion 

Monroe County 

Legend Properties Inc./DEPG Associates 
Smithfield Gateway 

Monroe County Industrial Development Authority 
Downtown Stroudsburg Parking Facility 

Wayne County 

Wayne Memorial Hospital 

Wyoming County 

Hemisphere Holdings, LLC 
Factoryville-Keystone College CO-OP Project 

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