Nanticoke is the first city and 10th municipality in Pennsylvania to complete the Commonwealth's Act 47 program for distressed municipalities.
The city's consultants made the case in June that Nanticoke's financially stable enough to operate without their help.
But under state law, that's not official until the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development agrees. Secretary Dennis Davin officially signed off on during a City Hall ceremony Monday.
"This isn't a distinction bestowed by the Governor,... it was earned," said state Sen. John Yudichak. The Luzerne County Democrat's constituency also includes the borough of West Hazleton, which got its distressed status rescinded last year.
Ten municipalities in all had achieved recovery since the inception of the Act 47 program, but none were cities.
The DCED originally announced that Nanticoke was the 11th municipality to emerge from Act 47. The department later corrected its announcement to reflect the actual number of 10 municipalities.