About Who We Are

The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development

The Institute is an economic research and applied research and consulting group that provides customized client solutions and strategies to facilitate decision making and planning that enhances growth, impact, and sustainability for organizations.

The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development (The Institute) was formed as a partnership of 13 colleges and universities in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre/ Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area and the business community. The Institute’s managing partner is Wilkes University.

Formed in 2004, the center began operations with pledged capital from business and industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations to provide community based research in northeastern Pennsylvania to provide data for leaders and organizations to make informed decisions for revitalization and economic sustainability. From there, The Institute emerged as a premier entity with capacity for both community based research and proprietary research for public, private, and non-profit sectors to use in developing feasibility, strategy, programs, initiatives, and policy.

Our Team


Our Partners

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Johnson College
Keystone College
King's College
Lackawanna
Luzerne
Marywood University
Misericordia University
Penn State Wilkes-barre
Penn State Worthington Scranton
The Wright Center
The University of Scranton
Wilkes University