History: In December 1867, thirteen people met upstairs over the G.A. and I.F. Fuller grocery in Scranton, Pennsylvania to form a Merchants Association. Their goal was to encourage the economic growth of the city. Over the years the organization evolved into The Scranton Board of Trade and then eventually The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce - all the while developing innovative ways to keep Scranton's economy moving forward. In 1914, the Chamber formed the Scranton Industrial Development Company (SIDCo), the forerunner of all future Chamber economic development efforts. SIDCo continues the good work of the Chamber by fostering company expansions in Scranton. In 1945, attempts were made to diversify our economy and halt Scranton's post World War II decline. The Scranton Plan was created as a means of accomplishing these goals. Under The Scranton Plan, the community's private and public sectors pooled their resources to purchase industrial sites and construct the nation's first industrial shell buildings. The success of The Scranton Plan encouraged the formation of the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) in 1945, and the Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises (LIFE) in 1950 as a non-profit community development corporation. By 1962, the Chamber had begun constructing some of the country's early industrial parks. Since developing Keystone Industrial Park in 1962, the SLIBCO/LIFE team has constructed 12 office, business, and technology parks totaling 2,700 acres, and seven buildings totaling approximately 1.1 million square feet. As quality of life and image became important site location factors, the Chamber spearheaded the development of several projects to enhance our area. For example, in 1976 LIFE provided the seed money for the Montage Mountain Ski Resort project in the City of Scranton. Since 1983, more than two million people have skied down its slopes. In 1982, LIFE supplied the final $500,000 to complete a $13 million renovation of the Erie-Lackawanna Train Station hotel in downtown Scranton. The "Lackawanna Station" was the first step of a wonderful downtown revitalization campaign. Montage Mountain, Steamtown National Historic Site, Steamtown Mall, and Lackawanna County Stadium have all contributed to our community's quality of life and image. As computerized service offices were becoming a more significant part of the national economy, SLIBCO and LIFE were building full amenity office parks to accommodate the growth of technology firms in our region. As the business world was undergoing a technology revolution, the value of skills and education came to the fore. To address the need for high level skills and education in the work force, the Chamber helped bring together the business/education partnership, Skills in Scranton. The Computer Collaborative has concentrated the effort for information technology firms. To promote a healthy core in the central city of Scranton, MetroAction, Inc. began to cultivate downtown developments. The goal of these developments was to generate a vibrant economy and jobs in downtown Scranton. The Chamber family of organizations has a rich history of responsiveness to community needs. It has developed 2,700 acres of land that includes industrial, office, and technology parks. Over 21,000 jobs have been created for Lackawanna County. The Chamber is preparing Scranton workers for the technology demands of the next century. From the construction of buildings and industrial parks, the development of hotels and tourist attractions, to the community partnerships of business, education, and government, the Chamber family is working to meet the ever-changing needs of our region.