May 31, 2023

New Research:

Community Impacts of Investing in Transportation and Infrastructure

Dr. Marleen Troy is the Chair of our Planning, Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Task Force. In this video, she discusses findings from the task force's latest study. Take a look to learn about the connections between strong transportation infrastructure and community well-being. This video was first presented at The Institute's 2023 Regional Indicators Forum on May 3, 2023.

Support The Institute During NEPA's Giving Day

First the first time, The Institute is participating in NEPA Gives, the annual online giving day designed to empower people to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits. We need your help! Here are some easy ways to do so:

Share and share alike. Online days of giving are successful because of our own networks. Help us grow our network by sending this email to your network and ask your friends to do the same.

Be socially (media) active. Use your social media networks: post on Facebook, tweet about NEPA Gives, and share your love for your particular passion, whether it’s education, health care, animals, or the arts. Ask others to do the same.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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The official 24 hours of giving begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 1. They conclude at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 2. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing the link to our giving platform via email and social media.

Indicators 2023: Demographics

Demographic data detail the size and composition of a population, and offer insight into the dynamics driving population change. Births, deaths, and migration are primary components of population change - and in Northeastern Pennsylvania, inward migration has largely supported population growth.

This inward migration followed a nationwide trend of migration out of large, high cost-of-living metro areas, but it is unclear whether this shift will be permanent or temporary. Any sustained increase in population will have important impacts on government, economy, housing, and public services, making this an important area of data to monitor.

According to the 2023 Indicators report:

  • Decennial census counts indicate that populations in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties and the state increased compared with previous censuses; meanwhile, Wayne County saw a population decline that broke with the previous two decades of growth.

  • Ethnic diversity has increased in the three counties as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, the shares of residents identifying as white non-Hispanic fell from 90 percent to 81 percent in Lackawanna County, from 88 percent to 77 percent in Luzerne County, and from 92 percent to 88 percent in Wayne County.

  • For Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, the household size remains below the statewide average of 2.4, and Wayne County’s average household size has typically hovered above the statewide average but has fallen closer with its recent decline, from a peak of 2.54 in 2018 to 2.45 currently.

  • Across all geographies analyzed, at least 70 percent of single parent households are headed by women.

  • In the three counties combined, there have been over 34,000 seniors living alone in each of the past four years.

2023 Underwriting Partners and Indicators Event Sponsors

Underwriting Partners

Signature Underwriters

  • Andrew J. Sordoni Foundation
  • Luzerne County
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • Sordoni Family Foundation

Contributing Underwriters

  • Altitude Philanthropies
  • Borton-Lawson
  • Geisinger College of Health Sciences
  • Geisinger Health Foundation
  • The Luzerne Foundation
  • UGI Utilities
  • Villaume Foundation
  • Wayne County Community Foundation

Supporting Underwriters

  • BlackOut Design
  • FNCB
  • Greater Hazleton CANDO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • KMLA Group
  • M&T Bank
  • Navient
  • PNC Bank
  • The Wright Center for Community Health

Individual Gifts

  • Bellefonte c/o The Tabatabaie Family

Event Sponsors

Main Event Sponsor

  • The Wright Centers

Platinum Sponsors

  • Scranton Area Community Foundation

Gold Sponsors

  • Geisinger College of Health Sciences
  • M&T Bank
  • Marywood University
  • The University of Scranton

Silver Sponsors

  • Johnson College
  • Lackawanna College
  • The Scranton Plan
  • Wayne County Community Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

  • Classic Properties
  • Community Bank
  • Keating - Stockton Real Estate Advisors
  • Marty Wolff Business Solutions

Venue Sponsor

  • The Woodlands Inn

Virtual Event Sponsor

  • WVIA Public Media

A huge THANK YOU to our 2023 Underwriting Partners and Indicators Event Sponsors, whose generosity makes our work possible!

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