PITTSTON — The governor’s Northeast Regional Office has a new home.
The office opened its new location at 2 N. Main St. after originally being located in Scranton.
Gov. Tom Wolf was on hand at a grand opening Friday to greet officials from the area.
According to Jeff Sheridan, the governor’s press secretary, the moving process from Scranton to Pittston began at the beginning of the year and took only a few weeks.
Wolf said he’s visited the city a few times during the moving process and fell in love with its art revitalization, which was part of the reason he wanted to move his office there.
“This is more central to the region so I think this was good,” he said. “Also, I’m a real fan of downtown revitalization, so I really like the fact that this is right on Main Street.”
The Pittston office is 2,142 square feet and will have members of the governor’s office working there, as well as members of the governor’s Center for Local Government Services and the Department of Community and Economic Development.
According to former mayor Michael Lombardo, the office was originally a series of banks and an architectural firm before sitting vacant for the last several years.
He feels the presence of the governor’s office will significantly help the raise the city’s exposure.
“We believe that him having an office like this here is just another indication that good decision making is being made in a place that can support an operation like this,” he said. “There are businesses downtown that benefited from this (office) being here, and part of it is sort of swagger of having the governor’s office here.”
Cassandra Coleman-Corcoran, director of the Northeast Regional Office, said she hopes that being on Main Street will encourage citizens to reach out to the office more and let the office be part of the community.
“Now we’re on street level, so we encourage people to come in,” she said. “We want to be part of the downtown events they have, such as the Second Friday Art Walk, the Tomato Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day events. We’re looking forward to being an intricate part of this community.”
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