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During the last 12 months, Scranton Tomorrow has been meeting with partners to identify a clear strategic vision to revitalize downtown. The process was led and supported by an independent third party, the National Resource Network.
Scranton will take a new path to downtown revitalization by having a local nonprofit group lead the effort. The new direction stems an evaluation from a federally funded organization that helps distressed cities, the National Resource Network.
Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright’s priorities for his second term will focus on finances, economic development, parks and paving citing National Resource Network plan.
Pennsylvania put the district on “financial watch” status in June, the first step in a series that could eventually lead to a takeover by a state receiver. Working with the city, the National Resource Network analyzed and prepared recommendations to close the financial gap.
The Scranton School District should create a multi-year capital plan, evaluate school enrollments and consider raising taxes if a budget gap still exists, according to an updated plan presented to school directors Tuesday.
City Council will move forward on a collaborative with the local nonprofit Future Heights to create a Community Development Corporation as part of a strategy sessions with Enterprise Community Partners.
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