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CEO Message & Strategic Vision

The Greater Wyoming Valley is my home, and I hope that if you are reading this, it is already yours or will soon become yours. Whether you are looking to become connected within the community, are relocating your home and family, or are looking to establish an business here in the Valley, we have a wonderful story to tell with a future that is bright and strong. This website gives you a snapshot of our community and the growing businesses that call it home. The Wyoming Valley’s manufacturing, arts and entertainment, and healthcare sectors, coupled with a solid foundation of higher education institutions and a growing visitor base, make our community vibrant and progressive. With year-round recreation and entertainment, residents and visitors enjoy skiing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, casino gaming, arena sports, and local parks, trails, forests, streams, and lakes.

In addition, proximity to the interstates has also helped make Northeastern Pennsylvania a destination point and a distribution center for industry. Our region is located 120 miles from New York on the East and Philadelphia to our South and within a four-hour drive from Boston to the North and Washington to the South. While challenges remain, those challenges also offer opportunity, and, coupled with its existing assets, our business dynamic has the capacity to revitalize, grow, and sustain. This growth has been seen over the past few years and we are proud to be the home of several world class businesses right here in our backyard, both large and small.

The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry are dedicated to local businesses and organizations of all sizes, to the diversity of our workforce and industrial base, and to the vitality and quality of life in our community. Our Chamber has truly embraced the pillars of our current strategic plan and our work each day is geared towards developing our future leaders, advocacy & diversity, innovative programming, and building a dynamic and sustainable workforce and business community.  Our businesses, workforce, and community are core to who we are and where we stand.

The pandemic was a pivotal moment of transformative change for not only the world, but for our organization and team, and further solidified the critical role we gratefully serve. More than ever, we have committed to being the dynamic moving force in connecting the community, building economic innovation, and elevating the quality of life in our region. As we move into 2022, we will continue to provide information, resources, and innovative ways to not just survive, but to thrive, as we build a stronger and more resilient reimagined future.

My journey with the Chamber began six years ago, and, through those years, I have had the amazing opportunity to learn, grow, and now hold a position of leadership at an organization and within a community that I am deeply passionate about. As I step into the role of President & CEO in January of 2022 alongside of my talented and dedicated team, we are committed to this leadership role for community & economic development in the future of this area - the place we all already call home or one day will. We encourage you to get involved with our networks and various committees and to take a seat at the table alongside of us.

I truly look forward to meeting you, working with you, and elevating the valley alongside of you. I invite you to call me at 570-823-2100.

Warm regards, and I look forward to connecting soon,

Lindsay Griffin
President & CEO
Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce & Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry

View Our Strategic Plan Here:

2020 Strategic Plan GWVCOC
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