Penn’s Northeast Appoints John L Augustine III President/CEO


4 County Economic Development Agency To Be Led By Experienced Professional

PITTSTON, PA, April 14, 2016 – Penn’s Northeast ( announced today that John L. Augustine III has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. John’s role will be to continue the mission of the organization to attract quality employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are thrilled that John will lead the organization going forward.  He has extensive experience with economic and workforce development.  In addition, he is well known and held in high regard amongst his peers and the region’s business community,” said William Scranton, Chairman of the Board of PNE.  “We are confident that his talents and skills will ensure the success of the organization and the four county regions which it serves.”

Augustine has more than 20 years of economic development experience working with local and national firms as well as elected officials, business and community leaders.  His background includes economic and community development, site selection, regional planning, technology implementation, capital fundraising, operations and strategic planning.

“I’m honored to be chosen to serve as the President and CEO of Penn’s Northeast. I am confident that our collaborative promotion of our skilled and ready workforce and our numerous local assets will lead to new good paying jobs” said Augustine.  “I look forward to developing a stronger regional business environment and growing the communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Mr. Augustine most recently served as the Community Outreach Manager for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the State’s lead trade organization for the responsible development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Economic Development Director for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, where he was in charge of marketing available real estate within their five business parks and oversaw the development and growth of the Innovation Center @ Wilkes-Barre, a successful business incubator.

In his new role, Augustine will be responsible for the overall management of Penn’s Northeast, including creation and implementation of its strategic plan and leadership of its fundraising, marketing and outreach efforts, creating value for its members and attracting quality employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

In addition, he will continue to work on building relationships with legislators on the local, state and national level, developing outreach to key stakeholders, and proactive marketing efforts to brokers, site selectors, national and international companies.

About Penn’s Northeast

Penn’s Northeast is a public/private partnership of agencies dedicated to attracting and assisting quality employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania. The organization serves as the single point of contact for businesses looking to expand or relocate to NEPA and is the liaison between their partners, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local communities.

Serving Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne Counties, Penn’s Northeast was created through a joint effort of private business leaders, local utility companies, governments, economic development organizations, and chambers of commerce to market the collective assets of the region and to facilitate the creation and retention of quality jobs. This is accomplished by providing site selection and incentive financing assistance to businesses, real estate brokers, developers and site selection consultants.

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