Larry Newman is the Vice President of Economic and Community Development for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry. He is responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive economic and community development strategy that concentrates on improving Greater Wilkes-Barre’s quality-of-life and job creation climate, and on promoting job growth through the attraction of new industry, business retention and expansion, and encouragement of sustainable development patterns. He oversees a diverse portfolio of projects and community initiatives in support of these goals, including collaborative efforts to manage the revitalization of Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Larry was instrumental in the formation of the Diamond City Partnership, the new alliance to revitalize Downtown Wilkes-Barre. His work led to the creation of the Clean & Green Program, a business pledge-funded effort to create a cleaner, more attractive Downtown, and he has also been a primary driver behind the development of additional market-rate housing in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Larry sits on the Policy Council for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide alliance promoting responsible land use policies, where he was heavily involved in shaping the recent Brookings Institution report “Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania.” He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Preservation Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s statewide preservation advocacy organization.
He is a past president and board member of the Luzerne County Historical Society; the past president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association; and a board member of the Wilkes-Barre Industrial Development Authority, the Downtown Residents Association, the Great Valley Technology Alliance, Earth Conservancy, and the King’s College President’s Council.
In 2003, Larry was the recipient of the North Branch Land Trust’s first annual Stewardship Award.
Larry has extensive work experience in urban design, planning, and urban economic development in the public and private sectors. A graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Larry received a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He resides in Downtown Wilkes-Barre with his wife and children.