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Their take: Northeastern Pennsylvania leads the state in job growth

A recently released annual report by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an organization dedicated to attracting and growing business in Pennsylvania, shows Northeastern Pennsylvania leads the Commonwealth in job creation with over 2,300 new jobs added to the region in fiscal year 2020-21.

The report also confirmed that Northeast AP created more new jobs than any other region in the state, both in high-paying manufacturing and in regional and national headquarters sectors.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the most desirable locations in the United States for e-commerce distribution, manufacturing, and national and regional headquarters, thanks to a regional approach to economic development.

At Penn’s Northeast, our goal is to attract quality employers to NEPA. Working with our partners in 8 counties including Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne, we market our collective resources together as a region and our partnerships are paying off.

Our strengths include our central location, reliable utilities, available workforce, 19 educational facilities, recreational opportunities and robust transportation infrastructure – enabling industry to reach 1/3 of the American population and half of Canada in a day’s drive.

Working together, we expect this growth trend to continue into 2022 and beyond as companies realize that our strategic location, excellent workforce and low operating costs are keys to their success. .

We have been advocating for a regional approach to economic development for years and this effort is paying huge dividends. Northeastern Pennsylvania now leads the state and nation in job growth opportunities.

This could not have happened without the collaboration of our partners and the counties. This is co-op at its finest, showcasing the best Northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer, and our communities are reaping the rewards of our efforts.

John L Augustine III is the President and CEO of Penn’s Northeast. A regional economic development organization dedicated to attracting quality employers to northeast PA.