Founded on September 23, 1964, NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Federal and State grant assistance, Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning and Research and Information.

Mission and Goals


The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) will have a positive impact on the economic and community development of the region, by utilizing the exceptional abilities of our professional staff to:

  • Increase the number and quality of the services we provide to business clients
  • Provide valuable services to local governments
  • Provide valuable services to nonprofit entities through the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC)
  • Strive to consistently achieve 100% customer satisfaction
  • Maintain and enhance financial stability of our organization
  • Provide support for the creation or retention of 2,250 jobs annually
  • Communicate the positive impact of our services on our region
  • Seek and develop partnerships with other organizations to enhance delivery of programs and services and utilize resources efficiently


The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) is a regional, multi-county, community and economic development agency providing leadership, planning, and services to businesses, communities, entrepreneurs and institutions lacking adequate access to capital and financial resources that enhance and revitalize distressed communities within the region.

Executive Message

NEPA Alliance continues to provide quality services to our businesses, communities and governments in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEPA staff worked efficiently and diligently remotely from home, assisting numerous clients, members and businesses that were affected. The NEPA staff has accomplished all of the goals set by our funding partners, and we continue to serve our region with quality business, community, economic development and government services.

Our Annual Report chronicle the success of our programs for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020.

  • NEPA assisted with $1,804,192 million in ARC grants.
  • NEPA Business Development Programs assisted our clients in creating/retaining 1,161 jobs in our region.
  • NEPA’s Business Finance Center closed 88 loans for $9,533,104 leveraging another $14,286,083 creating/retaining 182 jobs for business expansion in the region.
  • NEPA’s International Business Development Program completed the year at 108% of the goal established by the Commonwealth Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and reported sales of $42,950,917 and created/retained 388 jobs.
  • NEPA’s government contracting program (PTAC) supported 591 jobs from $295,442,849 in government contracts awarded in our region.
  • The NEPA Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties with transportation planning completed the TIP Transportation Improvement Program) for 2021-2024 in the amount of $610 million.
  • NEPA manages the NEPA PREP Partnership (Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance), which is a collaboration of twelve (12) economic development agencies within our region. NEPA leveraged $483,755 in state funding to support the initiative.
  • The Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) provided training or assistance to 1,058 nonprofit professionals within our region.
  • NEPA’s Defense Transition Partnership initiative produced 6 Market Diversification Plans and provided $63,317 in vouchers for plan implementation.
  • NEPA leveraged a $341,140 state grant to continue Engage!, a business retention and expansion program. NEPA and partners interviewed over 220 companies.

We thank all of our volunteer Board and Committee Members for their service and dedication to making Northeastern Pennsylvania a great place to live, work and play. We also thank our legislative delegation at the federal, state and county levels for their continued support!

Joseph Sebelin

Joseph Sebelin
Board Chairperson

Jeffrey Box
Jeffrey K. Box
President & CEO

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location

September 16, 2021 – 4:00PM Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
November 3, 2021 – 1:00PM NEPA Alliance Offices
January 5, 2022 – 1:00PM NEPA Alliance Offices
March 2, 2022 – 1:00PM NEPA Alliance Offices
June 15, 2022 – 1:00PM NEPA Alliance Offices

Individuals requiring special accommodations, or specific directions to attend these meetings may make arrangements by calling the NEPA office at (866)758-1929 or 570-655-5581 during regular business hours. All meetings are held at the NEPA Alliance Office at 1151 Oak Street, Pittston PA 18640 at 1:00PM, unless otherwise indicated.

Luzerne County Council Resolution R-2017-66

Pennsylvania Local Development Districts

The Pennsylvania Local Development Districts (LDDs) provide Business Development Services, Federal and State Grant Assistance, Government Contracting Assistance, International Business Development Services, Community Development Services and Transportation Planning in fifty-two (52) counties of Pennsylvania. Our seven (7) LDDs in Pennsylvania work with many Federal and State agencies to enhance community and economic development in our regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.