The Poconos is a major tourist area, and that industry in our region will continue to grow with one of the largest entertainment destination projects in North America. It will provide the area with 1,200 permanent jobs, 2,000 construction jobs, and a major impact on the state economy.

   Alberta Development Partners out of Denver, Colorado will be building a 350 million dollar project that could expand into a second phase. Formally named the Pocono Springs Villages, it will offer consumers themed restaurants, retail stores, a movie theater, a Ripley's Believe It or Not Aquarium, a hot-air balloon, and a ferris wheel.

   Construction will begin next May with a completion date of 2021.