Re-elected Scranton mayor looks forward to second term

Scranton, Pennsylvania Jim Lockwood The November 15, 2017 Economic Development

 Re-elected last week to another four-year term that begins in January, Courtright said in an interview Tuesday that his administration will continue working on improving the city’s finances and hopefully achieve a successful exit from state Act 47 distressed status before the term ends.

He also aims to continue the downtown’s rebirth. Its evolution has included the conversion of several former office/retail buildings into apartments, the ongoing transformation of the Marketplace at Steamtown under a new owner, renovation of several rundown vacant buildings for other uses, and a burgeoning cultural scene with events regularly drawing large crowds to streets, shops and restaurants.

Earlier this year, the mayor and a downtown advocacy organization called National Resource Network launched a downtown improvement plan that calls for using tax incentives and similar tools — as well as renovating and repurposing old buildings — to make them more attractive to buyers and planting trees and other greenery in downtown areas. Creating a pocket park at Wyoming Avenue and Linden Street fits into this vein, he said.