Guiding Principles

Wayne Tomorrow: Guiding Principles is an integrated "principle based" approach to making dramatic change in an uncertain and continually changing landscape.

  1. Historical Insights
  2. Wayne Tomorrow
  3. Building the Ecosystem
  4. Defining Guiding Principles
  5. Guiding Principles

Historical Insights

Wayne County along with its neighbor Pike County, represents a beautiful and largely pristine rural region of Pennsylvania that has also had a successful and diverse economic and cultural history.  Owing to its proximity to eastern population centers and to the vast coal reserves located in and around Scranton, Wayne County became a significant driver of the early economic activity and growth of America. 

The Beginning

It began in 1828 with the building of the Delaware and Hudson canal system to transport coal and other goods to east coast population centers.  This was quickly supplanted by the commercial railroad industry that actually began in Wayne County's county seat, Honesdale (the Stourbridge Lion was the first commercial locomotive on rails in the western hemisphere).  The Canal and Railroad eras in-turn created an enviable economic and transportation infrastructure that supported a growing population and spawned a third era of community based manufacturing that continued through the early to mid twentieth century. 

Economic Advantages

However, beginning around World War II, the economic advantages afforded by having a robust manufacturing and rail infrastructure began to diminish and the local economy started shifting to one largely based on the sectors of Retail Trade and Recreational Accommodations and Food Service. Unfortunately, these also happen to be among the lowest paying sectors in the state and national economies when it comes to family sustaining wages.  It is largely for this reason that today, Wayne County ranks near the bottom in terms of its relative per capita wages. 

This trend has gradually led to a population mix of aging long-term residents that tend to be more economically challenged as compared with their part-time and retired neighbors that generally tend to be more affluent.