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Downtown in the News

Region’s economic developers hope to capitalize on increase in ‘new leads’

i Jun 8th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader PLAINS TWP. — John Augustine, President/CEO at Penn’s Northeast, said the most significant trend in regional economic development is a tremendous amount of “deal flow” — meaning a large increase in new leads. Augustine explained that “deal flow” is a term used by finance professionals such as venture capitalists,…Read More→

Downtown Center exec talks revitalization

i Jun 1st 2018

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Bill Fontana challenged a room full of local leaders Thursday to take stock of their resources and come up with a vision that could mean the difference between their local economy thriving or dying. “Do we do things the way we’ve always done them or do we…Read More→

Early survey returns show most believe downtown headed in right direction

i Jun 1st 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, revealed Friday some data gleaned from the ongoing downtown survey. As he addressed the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association meeting at the Osterhout Free Library, Newman said 564 people have already responded to the survey. He expects many more…Read More→

Wilkes breaks ground on next round of improvements

i May 21st 2018

By Mark Guydish, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — John Wilkes — or more exactly a statue of him — stood off to the side clad in full graduation garb, a short distance from most of the people and construction equipment about to do some serious digging. Which proved Michael Wood’s promise that Monday’s groundbreaking of…Read More→

Local doctor, Syrian refugee team to bring taste of Middle East to WB

i May 5th 2018

By Kulsoom Khan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader  WILKES-BARRE — It’s no secret that pizza and pierogies dominate the local food scene. However, as the area’s ethnic diversity has increased over the past several years, food choices have as well. Tazza Shawarma Grill, located at 10 W. Northampton St. in the heart of downtown, is a perfect…Read More→

Downtown WB Business Association chooses officers, hears of progress

i May 4th 2018

By Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — There were blossoms all around at Friday morning’s meeting of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association. There was the bouquet presented to longtime association secretary Bridget Giunta, who is transitioning out of the role after many years of service. There was a presentation by Larry Newman, executive director…Read More→

Art and history lovers flock to Luzerne County Courthouse for rotunda reopening

i May 3rd 2018

By Jennifer Learn-Andes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Wilkes-Barre resident Teresa Jemio has marveled at the historic Luzerne County Courthouse during periodic visits for jury duty and holiday tree lightings over the years, so she jumped at the public invitation to Thursday’s restored rotunda grand reopening. “I’ve always loved the courthouse. I wish I worked here to…Read More→

Larry Newman: Downtown headed in right direction

i Apr 30th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The catch phrase that dominates most downtown revitalization discussions is “quality of place,” and those three simple words could hold the key to the future of Wilkes-Barre City. Quality of place has been defined “as the physical characteristics of a community, the way it is planned, designed,…Read More→

From the Publisher: inNOVAtion special section puts region’s assets in spotlight

i Apr 29th 2018

By Mike Murray, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Today’s Times Leader offers a detailed look at the people and businesses striving to carry Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley into a new era of growth and development. The 2018 inNOVAtion special section, included with today’s newspaper, offers insights into the region’s business outlook through the eyes of business people and…Read More→

A new Leader: TL celebrates move to renovated Market Street site

i Apr 25th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Wico van Genderen, president/CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, called the Times Leader’s newly renovated building “the gateway into the city.” The newspaper welcomed more than 30 state, county and city officials and business and community leaders to celebrate the…Read More→