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Discover Everything Carbon County - Business & Tourism
Your Guide to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Penn-Kidder, Weatherly & Panther Valley.

                             FIND YOUR FUN IN CARBON COUNTY THIS SUMMER!!!

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2016 Pennsylvania Great Tastes Wine Festival at Split Rock Resort


THIS WEEKEND: June 25th & 26th!  DON'T MISS THE FUN!


VIDEO FLASHBACK: 2015 Pennsylvania Great Tastes Wine Festival


Video courtesy of C.J. Burkitt and Dave Figenshu, Full Moon Video Services/Full Moon Digital TV.


FEATURED BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - Jim Thorpe River Adventures

As cool as whitewater rafting and whitewater sports may be – there is a bigger reason to get out there and try it.  Mother Nature is a powerful force here in Carbon County.  As a professional outfitter, Jim Thorpe River Adventures specializes in using that powerful force in order to change lives.  It may be just a day away from the office grind.  It may be getting the family in the car and spending a day, together, in a raft.  It may be the most-wild, most outdoorsy thing that someone dreams of doing.  Whether the Great Outdoors changes your life for a day, or influences your life for a week or a month – this attitude adjustment is needed by so many of us. 

So it is a great honor in many ways to have worked and prepared to be that outfitter that people choose to help bring some balance to their lives.  It can happen in a raft, in an inflatable kayak, or on an all-terrain bicycle.  The truth is change happens, no matter what… once people get out there in the sun, the fresh air, this river, and the natural majesty of the Lehigh Gorge and Carbon County. 

We see the hugs, the handshakes, the smiles – and feel the positive energy pouring out of people after these raft trips.  We’re using rafts, kayaks, and bikes to bring a positive change – big or small – to people that need it.  And we respect that immensely.   So get out there – and create a memory!






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Creating & Retaining Jobs in Carbon County, PA



Creating and retaining jobs is not an easy task.  There are no manuals to read or classes to take that will make this job any easier.  A good dose of common sense however sure helps.

Job creation and retention can be both exciting and challenging.  To create and retain jobs you must have good infrastructure.  Continually repairing and replacing our aging roads, bridges and utilities, can help increase the demand for goods and services. You have to be able to get your product from the businesses to the customers easily and quickly. 

Local governments should work as a team to create business friendly environments that welcome companies to expand and relocate in our county.  Incentives such as the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) and the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) or the City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ) can be very important when it comes to recruiting businesses.  Local ordinances need to protect the citizens of the community, but they should also be able to welcome new business in or help existing businesses to expand.     

The CCEDC Business Education Partnership is partnering with Dr. Robert Mauro and the Pocono Counties Workforce Investment Area (WIA) through a federal grant to work with our local schools and businesses to inform our local schools on what businesses need from students when they enter the workforce.  Even if those students are going on to a post-secondary education, they will at some point be entering the workforce and they will need to compete in today's job market.  Proficiency with soft skills in addition to academics is one of the major skills that local businesses find lacking.  These skills will entice businesses to expand or relocate to our county because we will have a ready and able workforce trained to fit their needs.

Carbon County has a Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the commissioners in November, 2013 which includes addressing land uses in coordination with roads to avoid future traffic problems. Traffic congestion is a major problem in some areas of our county.  Working with PenDot and the NEPA Alliance on solutions is something that the county Commissioners are continually doing.  

Continue to support our great quality of life in Carbon.  Corporations and businesses who look to locate to an area tend to choose one that offers their employees a high quality of life including outdoor activities, easy access to major metropolitan areas and a low cost of living.  Carbon County has all of the above with our 4-season attractions, close proximity to the Lehigh Valley, New York and Philadelphia and a lower cost of living than most of our neighbors.  We are definitely close by but once you get here, you feel like your worlds away. 

All of the above add up to a very attractive place to live and do business.  We are working hard at the CCEDC to promote Carbon County as an attractive tourist and business destination.    


Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?
The CCEDC Can Help!


The CCEDC currently offers two loan programs that are administered through the CCEDC: The Revolving Loan Program and the Small Business Expansion Loan. In addition, we also offer PIDA loans on behalf of the Department of Community Economic Development (DCED).

CLICK HERE to Learn More and for Application.