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About Economic Development in Carbon County, PA

Live, Work and Play in Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Nestled among the mountains and valleys of the southern Pocono Mountain Region with the Appalachian Mountains and the Kittatinny Ridge forming the southern boundary and the Lehigh River dissecting the county from north to south, you will find Carbon County, Pennsylvania. 

Strategically located only an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, the county is home to numerous small towns such as Jim Thorpe our county seat, Palmerton, Lehighton, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lansford, Albrightsville and Lake Harmony.  Businesses both large and small represent a wide variety of industries from manufacturing to hospitality to outdoor adventures and world class health care.

Carbon County Economic Development works with all sizes of businesses to start, relocate and grow. From in-house low-interest revolving loan funds to multi-million dollar Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans, the Economic Development department of the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. can assist your business with financing your project no matter how large or small. 

What Economic Development Can Do For You

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Our mission is straightforward: promote economic prosperity. We accomplish that by relocating companies and helping them set up shop. We work to retain and expand businesses with a direct pipeline to dozens of financing programs and loans. If you need real estate, we offer site location assistance. Our access to state, county and municipal governments, combined with a wide range of business partners streamlines your relocation or expansion plans. Other services include economic research and workforce development.

If you want to relocate, start or expand a business in Carbon County, come and talk to us first. Put our unmatched access and expertise to work for you.


Carbon County Has So Much to Offer

Living in Carbon County is unlike living anywhere else. When you live here, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views of mountains, forests, farmlands, lakes, streams and rivers. The neighborhoods are filled with friendly people in our small towns as well as beautiful wildlife. The pace is less hectic than big cities or larger suburban towns. However, we are just a stone's throw away from major cities, like Philadelphia, Allentown and New York City.

Work opportunities in Carbon County boast both small businesses and large corporations. We are home to so many different industries: retail, health care, fitness, financial, service, beauty, agriculture, law, technology, manufacturing, creative and marketing, real estate, construction and tourism.

If you want to play or just relax, Carbon County has a lot to offer! Engage in exciting outdoor activities and sports; attend our community events, fairs, festivals, concerts and shows; visit our galleries, museums, indoor waterpark and resorts; shop in our towns; dine in our restaurants and unwind at our bars and pubs. Learn about our history and culture or just relax on our beaches or at our many charming and cozy accommodations.

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Out & About with Carbon County Economic Development

Governor Wolf, CCEDC staff and Chris Barrett of the PMVB visit Glen Onoko Trail.

May 21, 2019 Governor Wolf Visits Glen Onoko Trail

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf traveled to Glen Onoko Trail in Jim Thorpe on May 21st to discuss a plan that could reopen the trail, he joined Senator John Yudichak and other local and state officials. Restore Pennsylvania is a $4.5 million infrastructure plan that could help address needs to improve Carbon County’s recreation and tourism economy.

Pictured (l-r) Alice Wanamaker, CCEDC Assist. VP; Kathy Henderson, CCEDC Director of Economic Development; Gov. Tom Wolf; Marlyn Kissner, CCEDC Exec. Director; Chris Barrett, Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau CEO. PHOTO CREDIT: BOB FORD

Governor Wolf, CCEDC staff and Chris Barrett of the PMVB visit Glen Onoko Trail.
Governor visit

Governor Wolf Visits Jim Thorpe - September 20, 2017

Marlyn Kissner, CCEDC Executive Director, and Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development for Carbon County, had the opportunity to join Gov. Wolf on a tour of downtown Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Both had a chance to speak with him about the importance of various loan programs and overall support for our small businesses in the county.

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