Office of Economic Development

The City of Scranton recently adopted Strategic Economic Development Plan will be integral to achieving measurable, sustainable economic growth and improving quality of life for our residents. By putting this formal plan in place, the City of Scranton can take control of its economic development to better align our strategies and resources with community and regional partners to improve the welfare of businesses and citizens alike.

We would love to see your business flourish in Scranton. Whether you’re looking to start-up, expand or re-locate to Scranton, we are here to help. Financing a business enterprise most often requires outside assistance. The first step for most is to contact a private lending institution. Beyond this, there are public and private funding sources that may be able to offer financial support.

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


Business Grants and Programs:

The CDBG Small Business Micro-Grant Program for new or early-stage businesses located in Scranton’s low-moderate-income demographic areas (LMA) will supply funds ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per business through the 2022 year to assist with start-up costs, thus contributing to their initial success and continued revitalization of our community.

Businesses must be in a qualifying Low-to-Moderate service area within the City of Scranton. New and newly established is defined as businesses opened for business within the last 12 months or planning to open within 9 months of application. Final applications must include a referral form from the SBDC at The University of Scranton, available after completing the required educational program series and/or business consulting and demonstrating appropriate business planning in accordance with program guidelines.

Interested businesses may contact Tricia Zilaitis, in the Office of Economic and Community Development at to discuss a project and potential funding.

View the CDBG Microgrant application here.

Revolving loan funds (RLFs) make loans to businesses that cannot otherwise obtain traditional bank financing. Applicants must be private, for profit businesses.  Borrowers must demonstrate that credit is not otherwise available on terms and conditions that permit the completion or successful operation of the activity to be financed. The maximum EDA loan amount will be $100,000 however loan can be no more than 30% of the total project costs.

View the Revolving Loan Fund Guidelines Here.

This federally funded gap loan program was developed to enhance job creation by providing assistance to existing businesses looking to expand, for starting up a new business, or for businesses looking to relocate to Scranton.  As per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, borrowers must create one full time equivalent job for every $35,000 borrowed.  If job creation and guidelines are met, the loan can transfer to a grant, with no repayment necessary.

View the Loan-to-Grant Program Overview Here.

LERTA offers incentives to residents, investors, developers and business owners considering investing in new construction or building improvements located within the City of Scranton.

This program allows local government taxing entities to extend a tax abatement period to property owners. This tax abatement is for improvements to real estate within the designated LERTA area. The terms of the abatement vary per site, building and location. LERTA abatements are directed and approved by the county, school district and City.

The City of Scranton, in conjunction with the Scranton School District and Lackawanna County, passed a LERTA abatement on all residential, commercial and industrial properties located within the City. LERTA approved projects will receive a 10-Year, 100% Tax Abatement on owner improvements to properties within the confines of the city. Tax exemption applies to the improvements to the land or building only and is subject to standard tax rates and terms.

Apply for the LERTA program here.

Meet the Team

Thomas Cipriano
Economic Development Coordinator
Tricia Zilaitis
Economic Development Coordinator
Melissa Saddlemire
Fiscal Coordinator
Jack Caufield
Compliance Coordinator
Erica Yurkovic
ARPA Project Manager
Chris Hughes
ARPA Communications and Information Manager

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