Carbon County

Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Carbon County and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Carbon County?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Carbon County’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in Carbon County and assistance available to Carbon County businesses.

County & Township - January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

School - July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Municipality County Debt Service County Real Estate Borough/Township School Total
Banks Township 0.25 10 1.1 27.451 Hazleton 38.801
Beaver Meadows Boro 0.25 10 7.5 27.451 Hazleton 45.201
Bowmanstown Borough 0.25 10 13.005 56.7793 Palmerton 80.0343
East Penn Township 0.25 10 8.135 47.88 Lehighton 66.265
East Side Borough 0.25 10 2 45.96 Weatherly 58.21
Franklin Township 0.25 10 6.837 47.88 Lehighton 64.967
Jim Thorpe Borough 0.25 10 11.91 45.52 Jim Thorpe 67.68
Kidder Twp. (North) 0.25 10 6.95 45.96 Weatherly 63.16
Kidder Twp. (South) 0.25 10 6.95 45.52 Jim Thorpe 62.72
Lansford Borough 0.25 10 35.84 60.19 Panther Valley 106.28
Lausanne Township 0.25 10 0.57 45.96 Weatherly 56.78
Lehigh Township 0.25 10 0.47 45.96 Weatherly 56.68
Lehighton Borough 0.25 10 8 47.88 Lehighton 66.13
Lower Towamensing 0.25 10 1.6 56.7793 Palmerton 68.6293
Mahoning Township 0.25 10 5.5 47.88 Lehighton 63.63
Nesquehoning Borough 0.25 10 18.55 60.19 Panther Valley 88.99
Packer Township 0.25 10 0.6 45.96 Weatherly 56.81
Palmerton Borough 0.25 10 11.77 56.7793 Palmerton 78.7993
Parryville Borough 0.25 10 12.5 47.88 Lehighton 70.63
Penn Forest Township 0.25 10 0 45.52 Jim Thorpe 55.77
Summit Hill Borough 0.25 10 16.6 60.19 Panther Valley 87.04
Towamensing Township 0.25 10 2 56.7793 Palmerton 69.0293
Weatherly Borough 0.25 10 6.3 45.96 Weatherly 62.51
Weissport Borough 0.25 10 10.9 47.88 Lehighton 69.03

To calculate the annual tax bill, multiply the total property assessment times the total millage for your borough or township then move the decimal three places to the left.

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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Kathy Henderson
Director of Economic Development
Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
O: 610-379-5000, D: 484-464-9576
khenderson@carboncountychamber.org

137 South Street, Lehighton, PA, 18235