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The Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board is comprised of private-sector business people, community based organizations, labor, economic development and education representatives involved in directing employment and training opportunities to residents of the four Pocono Counties - Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne. The Workforce Development Board’s mission is the integration of workforce and economic development to assist companies located within our region and to attract new companies throughout the region. The Board has four locations throughout the Poconos to assist employers and job seekers.
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Located in the northeastern corner of the state, the Pocono Counties Workforce Investment Area is comprised of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. Bordered by New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Counties have attracted thousands of out-of-state visitors who initially vacationed because of the pristine natural landscape, clean air and refreshing mountain streams. Once a vacationer’s haven, the Poconos have now become “Home” to out-of-state residents seeking the good life. This transition started in the 80’s and has resulted in Pike County becoming the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania, followed by Monroe at number two and last but not least Wayne County has the distinction of being number three.

Location is the key to growth. Monroe County is front and center with I-80 opening the door to New York and New Jersey. Pike County is within driving time of one third of the nation’s population. Interstate 84 crosses east to west through the county, providing access to New York and New England, and connections to Interstates 80 & 81. Referred to as the Tri-State Area, both New York State and New Jersey are a short trip from the county seat, Milford. Commuter bus service to New York’s Port Authority and train service makes commuting to the Metropolitan Area a viable option. Carbon County is the southern entrance to the Poconos. Once again, location is a key factor in terms of attracting visitors and residents. The Greater Lehigh Valley is only 30 minutes away from the historic county seat, Jim Thorpe. Thousands of tourists visit this quaint Victorian era town every year. Interstate 80 and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike provide access to the county.