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Our Vision for Downtown

A revitalized Downtown Wilkes-Barre is the thriving economic and civic heart of our region and ranks in the top 25 most attractive and livable small city downtowns in the Nation. It achieves this status by capitalizing on a unique combination of assets:

  • A magnificent riverfront location
  • An unparalleled array of educational institutions for a city of its size, including colleges and an excellent public school system
  • Superb artistic, cultural, entertainment, and recreational resources
  • A walkable mixed-use environment, rich in historic character, with a diverse residential base
  • World-class connectivity through an advanced broadband infrastructure
  • Strong partnerships among public, private, and community institutions