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Old 06-17-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Williamsport PA
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I visited Stroudsburg over the weekend to evaluate the area. I might want to move to Stroudsburg some day to be closer to New York City. I thought Main Street was very attractive and the surrounding area is typical semi-rural Pennsylvania which won't be a culture shock for me.

I do have a few questions. What is the old Monroe County Courthouse being used for? I was surprised to find the new Monroe County Courthouse entrance was right next door to it. I thought it was located in the large building with the parking deck.

Are there any technology or IT jobs in the Poconos? Today I learned that East Stroudsburg University has a computer science department which seems to have spawned a few businesses.

Where would I catch a Martz bus to New York City? Is there a bus station at Delaware Water Gap? I have already visited the Martz bus station in Wilkes-Barre and saw their parking facilities. I also found the Martz bus station in Scranton.

I will be doing a lot more research and I'll probably make another trip to the area once I have an itinerary worked out.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Not sure of how many IT jobs are in the Poconos but I'm sure there are a few. Dendrite Technologies moved out of Stroudsburg years ago. I work in IT and I commute by car to western Morris County, NJ.

There is a Martz terminal in Delaware Water Gap on 611 and another in Minisink Hills on Route 447, catty-cornered across from the new ESU Innovation Center. I'm sure there are other places to catch the Martz bus. The park-and-ride in DWG across from the Welcome Station serves carpoolers and other bus companies.

Pretty sure the old part of the courthouse is still being used. I had jury duty a few years ago, and the courtroom we were in seemed "classic". There are county offices in the building adjacent to the parking deck.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Williamsport PA
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Thanks jtab4994! I often take a Susquehanna Trailways bus to New York City and they sometimes make a comfort stop at the Welcome Center in Delaware Water Gap. I can see on Google Maps where the park-and-ride lot is located. I will check out the ESU Innovation Center the next time I visit the area.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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We have a new Northampton Community College that is opening in Tannersville (I believe) this fall. I am also sure that Sanofi has some employment for people with IT skills (you might want to ask Manpower in Tannersville - they are the foothold into the pharmaceutical giant). The new Kalahari Water Park should be opening in six months to a year. I know that they are going to be mostly the lower paying service jobs; but it is a very large undertaking and will probably have some decent jobs.

PS One question for jtab4994: Your job is in NJ; why don't more commute to NJ and not to NYC? NJ has many large employers that require IT skills. Is the pay discrepancy great between NJ and NYC?
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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PS One question for jtab4994: Your job is in NJ; why don't more commute to NJ and not to NYC? NJ has many large employers that require IT skills. Is the pay discrepancy great between NJ and NYC?
I think a lot of people do commute to NJ from PA, and several folks at my job come in from PA. I'm sure the pay in NYC or Hudson/Bergen County is higher than in western Morris County but I make enough as it is and you'd never catch me doing that commute. I've been able to drop my sons off at school in the morning and still make their 6:00 Little League and soccer games.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Jobs in NJ are good-paying, compared with PA, and probably mostly less than what you could earn in NYC. But I don't think people are picking and choosing among a plethora of options. You take the job you're offered.

That said, I work in NYC and am glad I do -- because I commuted for 12 years by car 90 minutes each way to jobs in NJ and the Lehigh Valley, and the bus is a dream (literally!) compared with that. Twenty minutes more time, a lifetime less stress. (And I work early morning, so am home before my daughter is home from middle school)
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Henryville, PA
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There's new bus service to NYC for Pocono commuters and it seems to be a lot cheaper than Martz:
COMMUTER SERVICE FROM THE POCONOS TO THE NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK CITY TO THE POCONOS - Polonez Tour, Inc.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Yeah, I've been seeing Polonez buses dropping people off at the DWG park-and-ride lately.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I think a lot of people do commute to NJ from PA, and several folks at my job come in from PA. I'm sure the pay in NYC or Hudson/Bergen County is higher than in western Morris County but I make enough as it is and you'd never catch me doing that commute. I've been able to drop my sons off at school in the morning and still make their 6:00 Little League and soccer games.
At Sanofi there are several that do the reverse commute from NJ.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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I would check out Thor Labs in sussex county for good It jobs.Its in nj but not far from stroudsburg maybe 35 or 40 min tops.You go through dwbg, get off at 2nd or 3rd exit in nj for blairstown, go down rt 94 till you get to newton and they have 2 corporate buildings in town.They deal in fiber optic technology and are growing world wide and if you look at their website, their constantly looking for it people.
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