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.

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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 a 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.

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) is dedicated to assisting you through the process of locating or expanding your business here in Carbon County. We partner with the County Planning Department and local municipalities and townships to connect you to the correct person or department to keep your project moving along.

Planning and Zoning

The Carbon County Office of Planning and Development (CCOPAD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for the County and Five Entitlement Communities – the Boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Palmerton, Mahoning Township and Franklin Township.

CCOPAD administers the county-wide housing rehabilitation program, is the county coordinator for recycling & solid waste and administers the County Farmland Preservation Program.

The office provides technical support to the County Planning Commission and reviews all sub-division and land development plans in the County. The office is also a source for various information and data relative to Carbon County.

The County Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm at the Carbon County Emergency Services Building, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. Plans to be reviewed must be submitted to CCOPAD at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

Click the link to the County Planning Department: www.carboncounty.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/56-planning-development

Building and Construction

Before beginning a building project, whether new construction, alterations or repairs, the homeowner and/or builder should be aware that permits may be required. Municipalities and townships follow the PA Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) along with requirements specific to the municipality or township.

As a general rule, any construction involving a structural change to a building, complete or partial rehabilitation, new or re-roofing, or any new construction will require a building permit. Work not requiring permits include most routine maintenance and repair.

Please contact your local municipality or township for more information and fees.

Average Annual Wages

NAICS Code Carbon County Pennsylvania U.S. Total
11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $31,593 $33,998 $33,287
21 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $56,132 $80,441 $102,988
22 Utilities N/A $110,759 $102,868
23 Construction $44,093 $61,595 $58,647
31-33 Manufacturing $48,426 $59,791 $64,870
42 Wholesale Trade N/A $77,582 $73,710
44-45 Retail Trade $25,653 $27,783 $30,299
48-49 Transportation and Warehousing $37,453 $43,995 $50,459
51 Information $42,875 $75,260 $98,458
52 Finance and Insurance $51,529 $88,298 $101,210
53 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $29,789 $57,732 $54,965
54 Professional and Technical Services $35,859 $89,136 $90,972
55 Management of Companies and Enterprises $45,234 $123,008 $115,325
56 Administrative and Waste Services $34,256 $34,205 $37,989
61 Educational Services $21,641 $56,936 $48,757
62 Health Care and Social Assistance $39,597 $48,104 $47,956
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $12,556 $32,156 $36,806
72 Accommodation and Food Services $16,574 $17,651 $20,032
81 Other Services, Except Public Administration $20,373 $31,819 $35,921

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Private, NAICS Sectors, 2016 Annual Averages, All establishment sizes

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The table below provides the living wage requirements in Carbon County. The data is sourced from the Living Wage Calculator created by Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier at MIT. It is a market-based approach that draws upon geographically specific expenditure data related to a family’s likely minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, and other necessities (e.g. clothing, personal care items, etc.) costs.

The living wage draws on these cost elements and the rough effects of income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs while also maintaining self-sufficiency.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 2 Adults 1 Child
Food $3,467 $5,103 $7,905
Child Care $0 $7,521 $7,521
Medical $2,349 $6,552 $6,271
Housing $7,908 $12,456 $12,456
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736
Required annual income after taxes $19,989 $43,383 $46,717
Annual taxes $2,788 $6,052 $6,517
Required annual income before taxes $22,778 $49,435 $53,234

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2017 Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://livingwage.mit.edu/

Carbon County, PA

State and County Incentives

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) is a one-stop shop for new entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) Loans - CCEDC is certified to administer low interest PIDA loans.

Revolving Loan Fund - CCEDC administers the Carbon County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) Revolving Loan Fund. These are low interest loans that can be used to finance the purchase of new or used equipment, the acquisition of real estate or a construction project among other uses.

Small Business Expansion Loan Fund - This fund is a low interest mini-loan program to assist existing businesses with smaller projects.

Kick-Starter Business Loan Program - This loan program is geared to brand new entrepreneurs who will be engaging in manufacturing, service or warehouse/distribution businesses in Carbon County. In order to qualify for the Kick-Start Business Loan Program, potential fund recipients must work with a Wilkes University SBDC business consultant to complete the requirements listed in the loan application.

Bonds - The Carbon County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) is authorized to administrate bond issuances including Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bonds.

Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - CCEDC partners with the SBDC to offer no fee consultations for new and existing businesses. CCEDC also works with businesses to assist them with marketing strategies that will help them grow.

Lehigh Valley SCORE - Serving Carbon County, SCORE provides free and confidential business mentoring tailored to a company’s needs and personal objectives. Lehigh Valley SCORE also offers workshops for start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-profit organizations.

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 minimise 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 provincial 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