Economic Development

Tiffany Cross-Luciani – Economic Development Coordinator
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm
Email: tcluciani@scrantonpa.gov

Economic Development’s fundamental goals are to attract new business and create a streamlined process for businesses to open their doors in the city and is instrumental in ongoing revitalization of the entire City of Scranton.  This office provides resources and possible funding opportunities for public and private development.

As the City of Scranton welcomes the millions of dollars invested in renovation of historical buildings we see our downtown district growing each day with residential living, restaurants and cultural events.  Our office fully supports the public and private investments taking place in West Side, the Iron District and Pine Brook sections of the City. 

 

CDBG Small Business Micro-Grant Program

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 Tiffany Cross-Luciani, in the Office of Economic and Community Development at tcluciani@scrantonpa.gov to discuss a project and potential funding.  The guidelines and application are found below.

 

 
 

Revolving Loan Fund (EDA-RLF)

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 $250,000 however loan can be no more than 30% of the total project costs.

Loan-to-Grant Program (HUD)

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.

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.

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NamePositionPhoneEmail
Tiffany Cross-LucianiEconomic Development Coordinatortcluciani@scrantonpa.gov
Tricia ZilaitisEconomic Development Coordinatortzilaitis@scrantonpa.gov
Melissa SaddlemireFiscal Coordinator570-348-4123,
Ext. 4252
msaddlemire@scrantonpa.gov
Compliance Coordinator
Erica YurkovicARPA Project Managereyurkovic@scrantonpa.gov
Chris HughesARPA Communications and Information Managerchughes@scrantonpa.gov

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