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The Institute's Research

Date Published Title Description
April 2010 The Case for Increased Police Service Levels and Accountability in Luzerne County A system of regional policing can help cash strapped communities provide better police coverage while sharing costs and services with other communites. Success stories exist from small and large communities/regions across the country. This study, completed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Economy League, demonstrates the cost savings of such an effort. It was prepared in hopes of encourage action amongst our small communities to address public safety from an innovative and efficient method.
July 2009 Commuter Rail Over the past several decades, many discussions have occurred surrounding the Lackawanna Cut-Off Rail Restoration Project which includes development of a commuter rail line running from the Poconos region of Pennsylvania to Hoboken, New Jersey, where a transfer line will take passengers into Manhattan. The Lackawanna Cut-off Rail Restoration Project's purpose is to effectively and efficiently put into operation a passenger rail service, improving travel in the Northeast Pennsylvania/Northwest New Jersey to Midtown Manhattan and Hoboken, NJ.
June 2005 Bond Rating Methodology Bond raters and insurers evaluate the issuer's economic region when determining bond ratings. That cost of capital could increase or decrease based on the strength of surrounding communities. This should be a major reason municipalities and counties reach across jurisdictional lines to solve problems.

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