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Downtown in the News

‘Wilkes-Barre is a melting pot’: Parade, festival put diversity on display

i Sep 15th 2018

By Dan Stokes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Just like America, Wilkes-Barre is a melting pot of different races, cultures and peoples. And Saturday’s second annual Multicultural Parade & Festival was a perfect illustration of that, according to several local officials. “The day’s festivities showcase the different cultures in our area and how we all…Read More→

Chalk Fest to vie for Guinness world record

i Sep 7th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — John Maday, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, is determined to put Wilkes-Barre in the Guinness Book of World Records. At Friday’s meeting of the group at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Maday boldly predicted not only that the current record for a continuous chalk drawing of 3.5…Read More→

Double the fun for Wilkes-Barre’s second Multicultural Festival and Parade

i Aug 30th 2018

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Ron Felton has good reason to attend the city’s second annual Multicultural Festival and Parade next month. Mayor Tony George named the former president of the local NAACP chapter grand marshal of the parade and declared Sept. 15 Ronald Felton Day in Wilkes-Barre. “It is a great…Read More→

Luzerne County arts and culture board suggested

i Aug 29th 2018

By Jennifer Learn-Andes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Luzerne County should have a board to help arts and culture flourish, local arts supporter Howard Grossman told county council this week. “I’m not asking for funds, just some type of advisory board that would be useful to use as members of county council and certainly to the arts…Read More→

Entrepreneur receives $1M grant to help renovate two W-B buildings

i Aug 16th 2018

BY  Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — A local entrepreneur has been awarded a $1 million state grant to help him buy and renovate two downtown buildings in the GUARD complex. Adjacent structures at 16 and 24 S. River St. will serve as the new headquarters for companies owned by entrepreneur and author Kris…Read More→

Luzerne Foundation HQ moves to Wilkes-Barre

i Aug 7th 2018

By Dan Stokes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne Foundation has moved to a new location on South River Street in the city, officials announced Tuesday. “We are very delighted to return to downtown Wilkes-Barre,” foundation President and CEO Charles Barber said. Previously located at 140 Main St. in Luzerne, the organization now operates…Read More→

History Getting Ready to Pop-Up in Downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Jul 21st 2018

By Andy Mehalshick,  PA Homepage WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s called the Public Square Pop Up Museum. It will be located inside an office building on Public Square and the museum will celebrate the history of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story. It may not look like much now. But a space in…Read More→

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→