Senator Scavello Announces New Economic Development Specialist on Staff

Tannersville, PA – State Senator Mario Scavello announced today that Gary Baker will join his staff on August 18 as an Economic Development Specialist to further economic development projects in Monroe and Northampton Counties. Mr. Baker joins Senator Scavello after working over 16 years in the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), including serving as Northeast Regional Director.

“I am very pleased at the opportunity to have Gary bring his wealth of economic development experience and knowledge of local government to the 40th District,” said Senator Scavello. “This serves to further my goal of providing assistance to municipalities as they navigate the complex economic development process and seek to bring jobs to the region. With a number of large development projects underway in Monroe and Northampton Counties, and many future projects planned, Gary’s experience will be critical in helping cut through government red tape and ensuring our boroughs and townships receive the support they need.”

Chuck Leonard, Executive Director of the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation, expressed, “The Senator has made an excellent choice in attracting Gary Baker to his staff. Gary brings years of experience in Community and Economic Development, all spent delivering enhanced quality of life and economic opportunity to the communities and people of Pennsylvania. We are happy to learn he will continue his work in our region.”

Mr. Baker will work out of Senator Scavello’s Tannersville District Office (2989 Route 611, Suite 103) and will serve as a point of contact for issues pertaining to economic development, transportation infrastructure and state grant applications.

State Senator Mario Scavello represents the 40th Senatorial District, which includes portions of Monroe and Northampton Counties. To find out more information regarding this event or any state-related issue, please visit or email

Contact: Taylor Munoz
Phone: 570-620-4326