Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development consolidates the offices Economic and Community Development, Grants, Code Enforcement, and City Planning and Zoning into a single department. The department is dedicated to advancing community, economic, and workforce development initiatives and aims to enhance service coordination, streamline operations, and expand access to grant funding. Additionally, the Department of Community Development is responsible for blight and redevelopment.

Liza Carroll, Deputy Director

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday | 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

American Rescue Plan Act
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 and allocated $350 billion to state and local governments to support strategic economic and infrastructure investments and address budget shortfalls. The City of Scranton has been granted $68.7 million in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts.

Learn more about the City’s ARPA Program here.
Office of Community Development
The Office of Community Development manages the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grants as well as funding for housing and neighborhood development initiatives. The Department leverages public and private funds to provide affordable housing, promote safe and livable neighborhoods, and stimulate economic development in Scranton.

Learn more about the Office of Community Development here.
Office of Economic Development
Economic Development’s fundamental goals are to attract new business and create a streamlined process for businesses to open their doors in the city. It plays a pivotal role in the ongoing revitalization of the entire City of Scranton by providing resources and possible funding opportunities for public and private development.

Learn more about Economic Development here.
Within the Office of Community Development, the City’s grant writer plays a vital role in overseeing city grants. This oversight encompasses all city and community applications where the city acts as both the fiscal agent and applicant. This enhances the efficiency and success of the city’s grant applications by aligning them with the capital budget’s identified needs. As a result, funds are allocated more effectively for city projects, leading to improved project outcomes.

Learn more about Grants here.
Code Enforcement
Code Enforcement manages land and property codes within the city to create a healthy, safe, and vibrant community for Scranton residents. Code addresses potential violations based on complaints and implements measures to address quality-of-life issues. Additionally, it manages the issuing of permits and carries out inspections for homes, rental properties, and businesses.

Learn more about Code Enforcement here.
City Planning and Zoning
City Planning and Zoning collaborates with the community to shape Scranton’s future, with the well-being of current and future residents, employees, and visitors in mind. This department establishes long-term visions for the city, oversees land use and development regulations, and assesses zoning ordinances and applications.

Learn more about City Planning and Zoning here.
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