Founded in 1769, Greater Wilkes-Barre is rich in history and development. Wilkes-Barre has grown into a diverse place for business and economic industry segments. It is also home to a collection of year round recreation and entertainment venues, making it an appealing destination for both visitors and locals alike. Skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, biking, arena sports/entertainment and casino gaming are just a few highlights. The region is home to the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, harness racing at Pocono Downs, and NASCAR and Indy racing at Pocono International Raceway. Additionally, natural resources abound, including a multitude of parks, trails, trout streams, lakes, rivers and forests.
On the industry and workforce side, our area boasts a diverse labor and industry mix. With a labor force of about 250,000, the main industrial segments are healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, logistics and hospitality. Wilkes-Barre’s manufacturers serve worldwide markets. Some businesses located here because of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s campaign to rebuild the local economy and seek economic prosperity. Greater Wilkes-Barre is small-business friendly and is home to a multitude of start-up companies. Greater Wilkes-Barre’s strong base in higher education, innovation and high tech infrastructure, as well as its array of five key interstate highways, two Class I railways, and an international airport make the area especially appealing to logistics, e-commerce, “e-tailing” and high tech companies. In addition to the strong higher education workforce capital the area provides, Northeast PA’s combination of skilled and non-skilled labor force is grounded in strong cultural work-ethic and a large diverse population of over 500,000.
Greater Wilkes-Barre offers its residents a great place to raise a family: a comfortable four-season climate, short commute times, a very attractive cost of living, cost-effective housing, quality educational opportunities, and remarkable access both to nearby recreational and cultural amenities and some of the nation’s largest cities. It’s a combination that makes this a very attractive place to live, work and play. These demographics coupled with the strong work ethic and labor force make the area very business friendly and a great place to call home.
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