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December 1867- Thirteen people met upstairs, over the G.A. & I.F. Fuller grocery in Scranton, Pennsylvania to form a Merchants Association. Their goal was to encourage the economic growth of the city. Over the years the organization evolved into The Scranton Board of Trade and then eventually The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce - all the while, developing innovative ways to keep Scranton's economy moving forward.

1914- Scranton Industrial Development Company (SIDCo) was formed; the forerunner of all future Chamber economic development efforts.

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1945- The Scranton Plan was created as a means to diversify our economy and halt Scranton's post World War II decline.  In 1945, the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) was created.

1950- The Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises (LIFE) was formed as a non-profit community development corporation.

1962- The Chamber develops the Keystone Industrial Park.

1976- LIFE provides seed money for the Montage Mountain Ski Resort project.

1982- LIFE supplies the final $500,000 to complete a $13 million renovation of the Erie-Lackawanna Train Station hotel (currently the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel) in downtown Scranton.

1989- The Chamber founded Skills in Scranton to address the need for high level skills and education in the work force.

1977- MetroAction was formed to generate a vibrant economy and jobs in downtown Scranton.

1982- Leadership Lackawanna graduates its first class.

1989- SLIBCO announces plans to turn 198 acres, located in Scott Township, into the region's first park designed for pharmaceutical, research and development, and high technology firms.

2001- SLIBCO purchases 1,300 acres in Jessup and Archbald boroughs for the development of the Jessup Small Business Center and Valley View Business Park.

2002- SLIBCO acquires one acre in downtown Scranton to build the Scranton Enterprise Center, a $6 million, 41,000 square foot multi-tenant building which includes a business incubator.

2005- SLIBCO begins the master planning and design of Phase II of the Valley View Business Park and the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center.

2006- The Scranton Plan collaborates with volunteers to launch Rediscover Scranton.

2009- Rediscover Scranton announces their partnership with Lackawanna County and POWER! Scranton.

2009- SLIBCO launches the NEPA Venture Partnership in conjunction with Greater Hazleton Can Do and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

2011 – MetroAction launches several new small business loan programs, including the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program, the Main Street Scranton Façade Improvement Grant and Loan program and the Luzerne County Flood Recovery Loan program.