75 Years of Building a Community

Chamber News

Today, the Chamber celebrates 75 years of economic growth in our organization and community. Since 1945, The Scranton Plan, Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO), and Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises (LIFE) have been the primary development team behind attracting, sustaining and growing jobs and community investment in Lackawanna County. The efforts of these three organizations helped transform Lackawanna County from a coal economy to a center of manufacturing, technology, and entrepreneurship.

The Scranton Plan is the driving force behind job creation and retention in Lackawanna County by supporting business relocation and expansion, serving as a partner through the site selection process. Every five years, The Scranton Plan establishes an ambitious work plan that includes marketing, workforce and business development plans, as well as support for local entrepreneurs in Lackawanna County.

SLIBCO is a non-profit industrial development organization. Its inception created a model for development agencies across the country. SLIBCO has spent 75 years constructing buildings, developing industrial, technology, and office parks, facilitating investments, and creating career opportunities. To date, SLIBCO has constructed 15 industrial parks developing more than 3,000 acres. LIFE was formed to provide financial backing for industrial development in the county and support the Chamber, SLIBCO, and community development initiatives.

Just what are some of the significant development efforts that have come from The Scranton Plan, SLIBCO, and LIFE? Let us list a few.

  • Keystone Industrial Park (1963)
  • Stauffer Industrial Park (1967)
  • Montage Mountain (1975)
  • Lackawanna Station Hotel (1983)
  • Office Park at Montage (1984)
  • Prudential (1988)
  • Scott Technology Park (1990)
  • Bank of America (Formerly NatWest) (1994)
  • Steamtown National Historic Site (1995)
  • Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
  • Jessup Small Business Center/Valley View Business Park (2001)
  • Scranton Enterprise Center (2002) and
  • The TekRidge Center (2012)
  • Mt. Pleasant Corporate Center (2019)

We hope that next time you are driving around Lackawanna County, you’ll be excited to know a little more history about this progressive Pennsylvania region.

For a full timeline of projects and to learn more about the economic development efforts of the Chamber, visit www.ScrantonPlan.com.