A partnership among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Wright Center, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.
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The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development

The Institute provides data, analysis, strategy, and implementation recommendations to provide solutions to clients. The Institute services include:

  • Indicators – Indexes
  • Community Health Assessments
  • Market and Feasibility Analyses
  • Economic Development Strategies
  • Economic and Tax Impact Studies
  • Data and Data Analysis
  • Industry Studies
  • Housing Studies
  • Workforce Studies
  • Education Studies
  • Economic and Demographic Profiles
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Support
  • Research Validation and Peer Review
  • Site Selection Research
  • Arts & Culture Studies
  • Tourism Strategic Plans
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Social Science Research and Survey Design
  • Strategy Development, Planning and Collaborative Processes
  • Asset Maps

The Institute also produces community based research and mobilizes the
resources of regional institutions of higher education to engage in regional
research and strategy development. Wilkes University, as the founder and
managing partner in The Institute, collaborates closely with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Wright Center, and the University of Scranton.

2018 Research Underwriters include (alpha order):

  • Andrew J. Sordoni Foundation
  • Berkshire Asset Management
  • BlackOut Design
  • Borton Lawson
  • Classic Properties
  • Commonwealth Health Systems
  • Geisinger Health System
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Luzerne County Housing Partnership
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • NET Credit Union
  • OneSource Staffing
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Sordoni Family Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • >

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*All information published prior to November 2008 is published under the name Joint Urban Studies Center (JUSC).