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A historic space with an ambitious mission

A safe space on Broad Street

Broad Street Ministry feeds and serves some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens, and now they're using modern tools such as data collection and crowdfunding to have an even bigger impact.

U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent tour OraSure

Worked Up: Generating great jobs across the Commonwealth

In the current economy, it's all about tech-savvy, high-skill employees. We check in with three Pennsylvania companies that are growing their workforces and putting talented people to work building medical devices, generating green energy and protecting us online.

Dominic Sisti

Dominic Sisti talks "Bringing Back the Asylum"

The head of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare in Philadelphia talks about his thought-provoking article, the strong reaction and what he and his colleagues really meant to say.

Proposed improvements to Fabric Row

Sew and Tell: Fabric Row is Philly's next hot street

South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses. 

Co-op organizers and participants (from left) Karon Smith, Courtney Bowles, Faith Barton, Keenan Jones and Mark Strandquist

Creative Exchange: People's Paper Co-op rewrites the narratives of those with criminal records

By combining creativity with social justice advocacy, two Philadelphia artists are making life better for the previously incarcerated. 

Zoom Interiors on 'Shark Tank'

NEWS: Philly-Based ZOOM Interiors walks away from 'Shark Tank' deal

Madeline Fraser, Elizabeth Grover and Beatrice Fischel-Bock founded Zoom Interiors to provide virtual interior design consultations. One year in, they went on Shark Tank. One year later, they're investor-less but more business savvy.

Global Philadelphia

The 2015 BIO International Convention comes to Philadelphia

The region's reputation as a global hub for academic, scientific and entrepreneurial prowess in the life sciences is on the rise, and now thousands of industry leaders will descend on the city June 15-18.

Rose Petals Cafe, after

UPDATE: Six months after launch, Philly's Kiva Zip loans are going strong

Entrepreneurial borrowers who need small loans to expand a business often hit a wall with traditional funding sources -- until now. 

The Iris Brown Townhomes, a WCRP community

Home Steady: Discovering new ways to house Pennsylvanians

In an effort to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly-changing city, the WCRP is tapping a fresh tool. The resulting Community Justice Land Trust aims to help Philadelphians realize the dream of home ownership.

The proposed Spring Garden Greenway

Development News: Could Spring Garden Street become Philadelphia's iconic greenway?

The East Coast boasts a growing trail network of almost 3,000 miles, linking cities from Maine to Florida. But there's a gap in Philadelphia. 

Chandler Bats in Norristown

Made in Pennsylvania

Whether its producing baseball bats, copper piping, kale chips or high-tech coatings, manufacturing is growing and changing across the state. It's all part of a larger trend of revived domestic production that's luring the next generation of high-skill workers.

Summer fun at The Oval

10 reasons why this just might be the best Philly summer ever

As temperatures rise, it's impossible not to anticipate a city summer packed with Night Markets, ball games, seasonal brews, leisurely bike rides and revamped green spaces. In fact, we're pretty sure this year's gonna be a doozy.

Linguica at Tio Pepe's

Discover the eclectic (and tasty) pleasures of a Northeast Philly 'hood

It's a United Nations of culinary delicacies in Castor Gardens. Whether you're looking for Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indian or Jamaican, this often overlooked neighborhood has you covered.

A Neighborhood Time Exchange event on January 9

Neighborhood Time Exchange puts artists to work

An innovative new program gives artists studio space and financial support in exchange for tackling projects in the West Philadelphia community. And in a true twist, it's the neighborhood that decides the exact nature of those tasks. 

Constitution Health Plaza

Health Care News: Constitution Health Plaza comes to South Philly

In an innovative move, this healthcare mall houses diverse practitioners in one independently managed space. It's also the latest amenity in a hot neighborhood.


Creative Exchange: Philadelphia's iMPeRFeCT Gallery lets it all hang out

This Germantown gallery celebrates work at the intersection of high and low art. It was started by New York transplants looking for a fruitful (and affordable) place to build a creative community.

Sample bikes before the system became Indego

Joy Ride: Philadelphia's bike share is coming this spring

When Indego launches, it aims to be one of the most inclusive, progressive and well thought-out bike share programs in the world. 

The student founders of Rad Dish

Higher Ed News: Rad Dish is Temple's new sustainable student food co-op

A diverse group of Philadelphia students, from artists to foodies to business majors, have launched an innovative food co-op and cafe in the heart of the campus. 

Community Connectors in West Philadelphia

Connecting the dots in Philly's neighborhoods

The Community Connectors program employs a diverse stable of advocates -- from high school students to crossing guards to stay-at-home moms -- to unify and energize neighborhoods across Philadelphia. 

Protected bike lanes

Bus Meets Bike: How the next wave of commuters is changing the urban landscape

Across the state, the humble bicycle is mobilizing efforts to usher in a new era of public transportation. In part three of our series on transit innovation in PA, we navigate the connection between buses, bikes and the commuters who depend on them.

Penn's Y Prize winners

Higher Ed News: Award-winning team at Penn works to make fracking safer

The winners of the 2015 Y-Prize competition have harnessed Penn nanotechnology for use in cutting-edge tests of groundwater affected by fracking.

Historic in scale

Making transit a joy to navigate for tourists, newcomers and residents alike

Across the state, finding your way using public transportation is about to get easier. In part two of our transportation series, Keystone Edge guides you to the best resources for getting around on train, bus, foot, bike or incline.

Building Heroes get their hands dirty

A Hero's Journey: Building better communities -- and making some cash -- through design

Whether you're a 16-year-old who's never touched a power tool, a union carpenter, a design student, or a 20-something skateboarder, this Philadelphia program offers an opportunity to design, build and even sell your next big idea.

Ribbon cutting at Blackstone LaunchPad

Higher Education News: Temple boosts student entrepreneurship with its Blackstone LaunchPad Center

A new center for entrepreneurship at Temple promises to take a uniquely inclusive approach for students considering an independent career. 

An overview of Liberty Avenue traffic, Downtown

The Road to Innovation: Technology transforms the state's transportation systems

From bus-tracking apps to robotic traffic signals, there are big ideas coming out of Pittsburgh, and they could have a huge impact on transportation statewide. Meanwhile, across PA, transit goes high-tech.


Development News: Penn makes a major move with fab new center for political science and economics

The university takes on an iconic piece of West Philadelphia’s historic commercial corridor with its new Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, slated to open in 2018.

Picnic tables at Kelly Green

Philadelphia schoolyard aims to become a citywide model for play and sustainability

After three years, a Northwest Philly coalition is seeing exciting progress at an empty five-acre schoolyard in the historic Germantown neighborhood. 

Comics at South Philly Comics

Drawing Room: A comprehensive guide to Philadelphia's comic book shops

The City of Brotherly Love is still a bastion for quirky independent stores selling classic superhero tales, rare back issues, manga, independent titles and more. As comics continue to provide grist for the blockbuster mill, don't neglect the charms of the source material.

Wash Cycle Laundry on the move

18 Pennsylvania Companies to Watch in 2015

As we look forward to the new year, Keystone Edge highlights a group of game-changing Commonwealth companies. Whether they're brewing beer, saving lives, making life more convenient or helping kids learn better, these startups are poised for a big 2015. 

Training at Community College of Philadelphia

Innovative workforce programs will be 'Win-Win' for the Philadelphia region

From landscaping to neighborhood entrepreneurship to cutting-edge training, the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) announces four big grants to projects that should help Philadelphians create and fill good jobs.

Philly residents and police working together

Groundbreaking police-community partnerships offer ways to improve neighborhood safety

In response to some of the most essential issues of our time, dozens of communities across the U.S. -- including in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh -- have formed effective, innovative partnerships with the police, improving safety and trust between residents and law enforcement.

Sue Miller

Food News: Crowdsourcing gives Chester County dairy farm its own cheese cave

After outgrowing their rented cheesemaking facilities, Birchrun Hills Farm launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the production of some of southeast PA's favorite cheeses home. 

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Eight small things that will have a big impact on Philadelphia in 2015

Check out our list of projects, initiatives and infrastructure upgrades that will boost the City of Brotherly Love in the new year.

Nick Found and Ben Kreukniet with "Blueprint"

Design News: Stunning, shifting "Blueprint" installation debuts

When science-inspired software meets art, an installation literally takes on a life of its own. See it for yourself -- for free -- in Philadelphia's University City. 

Media Theater For The Performing Arts

Trolley Tourism: Cruising to Delaware County for classic bars, ethnic eats and walkable main streets

Starting with Upper Darby and ending in Media, our writer hitches a ride on SEPTA's 101 Trolley, taking in all the sites and flavors southwest DelCo has to offer.

Affettati misti at Le Virtu

The Philadelphia region's Italian-American legacy endures

From charming restaurants to annual events to sidewalk socializing, this strong, tight-knit community helped shape the city as we know it. And while iconic Italian neighborhoods continue to evolve and diversify, a rich tradition remains.

Rental Beast is coming to PA

New to PA: Rental Beast brings the tools of homebuying to the rental search

Thanks to a rapidly expanding Boston-based startup, apartment hunting in Southeastern Pennsylvania is about to get a lot easier. The company is already building a team in Center City Philadelphia.

Nic Esposito reads from his new book

Philadelphia writer Nic Esposito wanted to publish a book, so he built a publishing company

The Head & the Hand Press gives a voice to local writers, especially those outside the literary establishment. But that's only part of their mission -- they are also building community at their shared space on Fishtown's Frankford Avenue.

A diagram of Keystone NAP

News: Pennsylvania will be home to the Northeast's first Advanced Data Center

The Northeast corridor's first Advanced Data Center -- being built right here in the Commonwealth --will meet the needs of modern web-scale businesses from Boston to Washington, D.C., and beyond. 

The Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library

Building the library of the future in Philadelphia

From innovative cooking classes to job training to community gathering spaces, the Free Library and its many branches are evolving to meet 21st Century needs. Now, thanks to a huge influx of funds, that process is more ambitious than ever.

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

12 development projects that will reshape Pennsylvania

From rehabbed breweries to innovative housing to soaring skyscrapers, these Commonwealth construction projects are transforming cities and towns across the state. 

Philly Startup Weekend

Ninth Annual Philly Startup Weekend comes to Drexel

Hopeful entrepreneurs will gather for a shot at international notice at this year's 54-hour company-building sprint.

Lancaster Avenue in Mantua

A West Philadelphia neighborhood pushes for the right kind of development

The Mantua community comes together to drive a revolutionary rezoning process that will foster homeownership, vibrant commercial corridors and increased food access in this West Philadelphia neighborhood.

A rendering of the 40th Street Trolley Portal

Development News: University City District ahead of schedule on reinvention of trolley portal

West Philadelphia's University City District has raised over $2 million in funding to begin construction on the stunning, green 40th Street Trolley Portal in 2015.

Restaurants are thriving in Jenkintown

Jenkintown's commercial heart makes a comeback

This tiny borough outside Philadelphia is benefitting from broader urban trends towards walkability, independent businesses and unique restaurants. Jenkintown's success reviving its town square and adjacent corridors bodes well for the region as a whole.

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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, the Urban Innovation Exchange hosted its first convening in Detroit. Participants came from around the country -- including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia -- to turn Motor City into a marketplace for ideas.

Mt. Airy

Riding the Rails: A trip on Philly's Chestnut Hill West Line wows

Spend the day in Northwest Philadelphia and revel in the verdant charms of Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. All you need is a SEPTA ticket.


Company Spotlight: Neat

This Philadelphia company solves our modern paper problem, scanning and organizing receipts, bills, notes and contacts, and making them available through the cloud.

Rose Petals Cafe, after

Kiva Zip brings microfinance to Philadelphia

Small businesses and startups in the City of Brotherly Love now have a powerful new tool: Kiva Zip provides crowdfunded, zero-interest loans to entrepreneurs that engage with their communities. Become a lender on October 15 and double your impact.


Thirteen ideas for your city from the inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

From September 24 through 26, a group of innovators working on small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit to talk about what works in their cities.

Garry Maddox and Donna Allie

Memo to Innovators and CEOs: It takes a team

In a bit of serendipity, both a group of successful CEOs and best selling author Walter Isaacson were in Philadelphia last week. Across two events, they delivered a cohesive message: Innovation, execution and success depend on teamwork.

The Axis Philly office on 3rd st

Life after AxisPhilly

After the shuttering of a much-touted media hub, what's next for Temple University's Center for Public Interest Journalism and Philadelphia media as a whole?

Flying Kite has twice shared the story of Invisible Sentinel, a local life sciences firm that develops low-cost and user-friendly diagnostic tools for the food and beverage industries.   The company's most recent breakout success was the result of a

Invisible Sentinel and Victory Brewing join forces to defeat the evils of bacteria in beer

Two Philadelphia-area companies, a life-sciences firm and a Downingtown-based brewery, have partnered to develop a diagnostic tool to detect beer-spoiling bacteria.


Getting pumped for DesignPhiladelphia 2014

The recently released schedule only confirms what we already know: This festival, which highlights the role of design in everyday life, is one of Philadelphia's most exciting institutions.

DreamIt Ventures founders, from left, Mike Levinson, David Bookspan and Steve Welch

Dreaming big at Philly's top tech accelerator

Last week, the latest class of startups entered DreamIt Ventures' tech accelerator. These fledgling entrepreneurs could be building the next billion-dollar company or learning to fail fast -- the next 90 days will say a lot.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

Boosting train travel in the Commonwealth is a complicated challenge

A push to improve and repopularize passenger train routes has had varying degrees of success across the state. Fortunately, riding the rails is still one of the most relaxing, greenest ways to travel.

Baldwin's Book Barn near West Chester

Discover a book lover's mecca nestled near West Chester

Baldwin's Book Barn, housed in a revamped historic dairy, is the country's largest used book store. Run by a true Pennsylvania character, it's one of the state's hidden gems.

Looking West from Market East

East Market project gets financial boost from the state

Big changes are coming to one of Philadelphia's most central neighborhoods -- and now Governor Cornett has committed $2.5 million to this groundbreaking development, bringing the state's total investment to $10 million.

Wetland's floating garden

An eco-friendly art installation floats creative ideas on the Delaware

WetLand, an inventive experiment in off-the-grid, on-the-water living, showcases a daring side of Philadelphia's FringeArts. The festival runs September 5-21, but the houseboat/art installation is open now.

Andrew Simonet of Artists U

Philadelphia-founded Artists U teaches creatives how to build a complete life

This innovative (and free) program, founded by Andrew Simonet, helps artists achieve life-work balance.

Pizza-themed bike racks outside Kermit's Bake Shop in Philadelphia

Quick Hit: Philadelphia remains top U.S. big city for bicycle commuting

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has released its latest report on the local state of two-wheeled nation. 


UIX invites urban innovators from across the country to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in exciting new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this September 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation.

Night Market in Old City drew thousands

Night Market to bring thousands of hungry, thirsty, curious Philadelphians to Lancaster Avenue

Over the last four years, The Food Trust's wildly popular Night Markets have invigorated commercial corridors throughout the city, drawing thousands for strolling, eating, drinking and engagement with the arts. Tonight it rolls into West Philly.

A Beer Four All Seasons

How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally-grown products

Despite the move towards all things local, many ingredients in beloved beers are sourced from thousands of miles away. Fortunately, savvy brewers nationwide are now engaging with their local food sheds, partnering with nearby farms and incorporating smartly-sourced flavors.

David Brussin of Monetate

David Brussin of Monetate

The co-founder of this Conshohocken-based eCommerce marketing company believes that targeting and personalization are the keys to success in the Internet age. He chats with Keystone Edge about changing technology, educating clients and the tremendous growth of Monetate.  

The Hinterlands at Play House

National Skyline: Putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and the first to move out when rents rise. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to engage residents and transform blight.

Work from 'Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America'

In Philadelphia, The Knight Foundation funds groundbreaking artists and institutions

Keystone Edge takes a look at three of this year's Knight Foundation grantees: Sean Stoops looks to liven up local subway tunnels; Mighty Writers cultivates critical thinking; and The African American Museum in Philadelphia takes a hard look at an agricultural legacy.

JOIN's Jennie Sparandara

JOIN's big announcement should be a "Win-Win" for the Philadelphia region

At a recent event, the Job Opportunity Investment Network announced an ambitious grant program to promote innovation in the workforce development space.

The A. J. Drexel Plasma Institute

Drexel leads the charge in an exciting new field

Plasma could have groundbreaking applications in energy, health care and technology -- and some of the most promising research and commercialization efforts are coming out of PA.

Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Identified Technologies

5 for 5: PA companies looking beyond the bottom line

Whether they're disrupting summer reading, crafting a heat-producing window or inventing novel ways to save ink, these five ascendent entrepreneurs are growing their businesses, while also keeping an eye on their social impact.

Wash Cycle Laundry has an innovative hiring policy

Worked Up: Employing a holistic approach to hiring

The current labor market requires innovation, creativity and commitment -- not only to finding the best workers, but to cultivating them. Meet two Philadelphia companies committed to rethinking how they train and hire.


Day-tripping on the Doylestown/Lansdale line

Many of Philadelphia's inner-ring suburbs are recapturing that Main Street magic -- their resurgent downtown districts feature cool bars, creative dining and plenty of charm. To explore, all you need is a SEPTA ticket and an open mind.

Building WindStax wind generators

Check out the revolutionary green products coming out of the Commonwealth

Whether they're solving an energy-efficiency problem, democratizing wind power or developing mobile solar solutions, these PA entrepreneurs are turning sustainability into success.

3711 Melon Street in Mantua

You are cordially invited to a Funeral for a Home

In an effort to memorialize the many thousands of homes that have been demolished in Philadelphia, Temple Contemporary is hosting a 'Funeral for a Home' in the city's Mantua neighborhood.

William Penn High School

What's Next for William Penn High School?

In North Philadelphia, a valuable neighborhood institution is caught between community interests and an ascendent university. What will be the fate of this shuttered school?

Pitch Day at Villanova University

In higher ed, it's all about fresh thinking for a shifting economy

Colleges and universities across Pennsylvania are developing innovative ways to foster entrepreneurship and cultivate the next generation of startup leaders.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

National Skyline: Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, forgotten alleys are being reinvented, moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Here comes Spruce Street Harbor Park, another mind-blowing installation on the Delaware

For two months this summer, Philadelphia's Penn's Landing Marina will be transformed into the Spruce Street Harbor Park, an installation featuring a boardwalk, pop-up restaurant and more.

An Art All Night exhibit celebrating Yayoi Kusama

Across the state, artists help rebuild and unify up-and-coming neighborhoods

In an effort to upend gentrification and boost struggling areas, community groups and artists are banding together to throw blockbuster events and push creative development strategies.

Germantown High School was built in 1914

What's next for Philadelphia's Germantown High School?

This century-old neighborhood institution closed its doors last year. As with other schools shuttered by the District, its future is in limbo. Could it become a vocational school? A community space? A mixed-use hub? Time will tell.

Lancaster Avenue in Mantua

What does it mean to be a Promise Zone?

An area of West Philadelphia earns a prestigious national designation, but according to stakeholders and residents, this decree from President Obama is actually a symbol of the changes already underway.

PennLive's new workspace

Pennsylvania's coolest workplaces

Whether they're employing flexible desks, cutting-edge technology, natural light, green space or multi-story slides, these five companies have integrated smart design into every aspect of their offices. 

Awesometown from Thompson Street

Postgreen's Awesometown features both market-rate and affordable units

Units in this Philadelphia project are finally up for sale; thanks to an innovative partnership, some of the development has been reserved as affordable housing.

Heading to lunch at 2014's TEDx Philadelphia

TEDxPhiladelphia returns with a manifesto for the 'New Workshop of the World'

At last friday's showcase of 'ideas worth sharing,' speakers touched on education, development, access and modern manufacturing.

Sue Miller

Culture Shock: PA's artisan cheese movement spreads the love

Sure, the state's ascendent cheese scene boosts farmers and cheesemakers, but it also feeds an ecosystem of writers, artists, educators, eaters and retail experts.

PSD at Mt. Airy Art Garage

All In: A growing number of Philadelphia institutions aim to increase access and inclusivity

The city's museums, theaters and art spaces are working hard to open their doors a little wider, whether it's to people on the autism spectrum or those with disabilities.

Rob Seufert of EPIC Pickles

The state's food entrepreneurs cook up success

Whether they're pickling, roasting or shipping, Pennsylvania's food-centric businesses are on the rise. We checked in with some passionate entrepreneurs turning tasty ideas into growing companies.

Penn has grand plans for the Lower Schuylkill

Penn's South Bank Master Plan brings innovation to underserved waterfront

The University of Pennsylvania has released a master plan for a 23-acre research park and innovation campus along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry neighborhood.

Brewer's Plate 2014

Brewer's Plate 2014 showcased the Philadelphia region's food and drink gems

This annual collaboration between Fair Food and Victory Brewing Company featured tasty brews and scrumptious snacks, and, more importantly, it underlined the vitality of the local food ecosystem.

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Two PA seed accelerators make national list

The Seed Accelerator Rankings were released at this year's SXSW, and a couple of Keystone State all-stars were recognized. 

Over 100 Take Back Vacant Land supporters turned out at City Hall

A diverse coalition made Philadelphia's groundbreaking land bank a reality

Recently passed legislation will help create the largest municipal land bank in the country. But what's truly miraculous is the motley crew of backers who helped make it happen, from developers to affordable housing advocates to urban farmers and community groups.

Selene Yeager

Biking in Pennsylvania is an experience as varied as the state is large

Whether you're looking for a week-long jaunt or an exciting day trip, we've got some guidance for your next two-wheeled adventure.

'Sneckdown' on East Passyunk

Street Smarts: Reading the tea leaves in piles of snow

The recent bad weather might have at least one upside -- snow can tell us a lot about how to make our streets safer and more efficient.

Nick Elmi's Laurel

Philly's Nick Elmi wins 'Top Chef,' chooses neighborhood charm over Center City

With $125,000 and a shiny new title, Nick Elmi chose Passyunk Square for his new restaurant Laurel, a cozy BYOB.

Science teacher Michael Franklin

5 for 5: Meet Pennsylvania's Faces of STEM

Despite a plethora of top-flight educational institutions and innovative companies, there is still a shortage of PA workers skilled in science, technology, engineering and math. Keystone Edge interviewed some of the fields' key thinkers.

Coraopolis Railroad Station in Allegheny County

Pennsylvania at Risk shines a light on endangered properties

This organization continues to advocate for historic architecture across the state.

SkySpace in Chestnut Hill

PA's Quaker DNA continues to impact Philadelphia in ways big and small

Whether you're talking about schools, getting married or engaging with architecture, Quaker traditions endure. Now a new generation of leaders is bringing the doctrines into a modern era through community engagement and digital media.

Pizza-themed bike racks outside Kermit's Bake Shoppe

The battle for the future of Washington Avenue West in South Philadelphia

City planners, residents and local businesses all claim to share a vision for this promising thoroughfare -- so why is change so slow?

The proposed Schuylkill River Road

A new river road could help revitalize the Lower Schuylkill

Southwest Philadelphia preps for a big boost from a proposed greenway along the river; PIDC has issued an RFP.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

All Aboard: Urban train stations redeveloped as neighborhood amenities

Transit hubs across the country have the potential to be more than just places we pass through on our way to somewhere else -- all it takes it a little imagination.

New Philly bike racks

Gallery-worthy bike racks to sprout in Center City Philadelphia

Thanks a Knight Arts Challenge grant, cyclists will have interesting new places to lock up.

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

Second Comcast tower will transform Philly's skyline

The largest private development project in PA history will not only be very tall, it will also redefine the modern office tower. 

Sarah Van Aken

An Entrepreneur's Exit Interview: Sarah Van Aken ends SA VA on her own terms

Late last year, one of Philly's most high-profile and innovative small business owners decided to shut her doors. Turns out the end of a business can tell us just as much about the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem as the beginning.

Yard's Tom Kehoe

From dream to drink: How to start a craft brewery in Pennsylvania

Launching a microbrewery is nowhere near as lucrative or romantic as many beer geeks think. But for those intent on chasing the sudsy glory, we've got some insider advice.

The vacant lot at Broad and Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein buys coveted lot on Broad Street

What will this big news mean for an essential piece of Philly real estate? And can an envisioned seasonal Arts Market move forward?

Joe Petrucci with his wife Jennifer McCafferty abs

Holiday Hiatus and an Editor's Farewell

As we shuffle off for our two-week holiday break, our managing editor says goodbye as he transitions from covering entrepreneurs to becoming one.

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym abs

Shared Success: Could the Next Airbnb come from Pennsylvania?

The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneurs who are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots.

Greenbuild Hilary

Greenbuild Brings Global Design Leaders, More to Philadelphia

On November 20,  Philadelphia hosted the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a week long celebration of sustainable building that attracted top thinkers from around the world.

Folsom Powerhouse

Sophisticated, Sustainable, Affordable: Philly's Innovative Folsom Powerhouse is underway

This new real estate development combines slick design with green architecture, affordability.

Aquaponics at Herban Farms

Why Aquaponics Could be Urban Farming's Ace in the Hole

This growing movement, which produces fish and fresh produce in a semi-closed system, offers tremendous advantages in areas low on space and fresh water.

Fred Stokes

Funeral for a Home: Art/Advocacy Project Focuses on Philly Demolition Problems

A team from Temple is capturing a neighborhood's collective memory, and planning for a lot's post-demolition future.

Fringe Arts home

Philadelphia's Freshest Cultural Institution Opens its Doors

The organization's new waterfront headquarters is now hosting shows, but the former pumping station's transformation into arts hub/waterfront dining destination/hip event space is still a work in progress.

Michelle Feldman of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Q&A: Michelle Feldman, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

She has been helping clean up a historic, beloved part of the city for years, and now is leading the charge to reduce litter and waste and spur community improvement across Philadelphia.

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A Tag-Team Effort to Foster the Next Generation of Startups

University City is the beating heart of Philadelphia's vast entrepreneurial ecosystem, and it's only getting stronger.

Stephen Goodman

Q&A: Stephen Goodman, the Entrepreneurship Guru

A conversation with Philadelphia's elder statesman of entrepreneurship -- and one of the city's greatest cheerleaders. 

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Project Liberty Sets Bar High for Media-Led Innovation

In three years, companies in the digital incubator housed in Philadelphia's largest media hub have drawn $7 million in investment and created 50 jobs.

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With Major Funding, Philadelphia Has Its Chance to Be a True GameLab

A $384,000 grant from the state's Discovered and Developed in PA program highlighted the second Grassroots Game Conference.

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How (and Why) Locals Saved a West Philly Greasy Spoon

A devastating fire -- and bungled demolition -- led to tough times for a West Philly greasy spoon. Then the neighborhood got involved.

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World Cafe: Live Connections Mixes Musical Flavors to Educate

With arts education continually on the chopping block, this innovative, interactive, interdisciplinary program teaches youth about the building blocks of music -- and allows them to join in on the fun.

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National Spotlight: Public Art Enters a New Era

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are among the leaders of public art's rise as a powerful community-building tool.


Building STEAM: Philadelphia Program Uses Art to Teach Science

Friday's closing reception marked an unlikely but artfully powerful way to engage middle-school girls in STEM.

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

KE-TV: Where Innovation Plugs In to Pennsylvania Media

See how social media, technology and entrepreneurship are transforming media.

Hilary Jay

Q&A: DesignPhiladelphia's Hilary Jay on Why Design Matters

The 9th DesignPhiladelphia festival runs October 10-18, with 120 events emphasizing why design matters.

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

In West Philly, Human Capital is the Next Growth Industry

With an innovative jobs-first, soft skills-centric approach to training, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is placing people in jobs, and keeping them there.

Lehigh University

Temple, Lehigh Among Nation's Top Universities for Entrepreneurs

The Princeton Review's annual list includes Temple for the 13th consecutive year and it's the latest in a string of honors for Lehigh.

Graphene Frontiers

Inventing the Future: Graphene Frontiers Gears Up to Produce 'Super-Material'

It's 10 times stronger than diamonds, can conduct electricity and is being pioneers by a brilliant group working out of the University City Science Center.

Object Lesson

Don't Miss These Shows on the Edge: 17th Annual Fringe Festival in Philly

One of Philadelphia's most important cultural events is happening again this month. This will help you make the most of it.

Philadelphia Bike Share

Philly on Path to Bike Sharing

A $15 million plan would include up to 200 bicycle stations and 2,000 bicycles.

Project Liberty

Project Liberty Expanding with Knight Funding

The first incubator in the country to take root within a traditional media company gears up for a new class of startups.

PHS Pop up garden

Pop-Up Garden Transforms Lot on Philadelphia's Broad Street

Take in the late summer magic at this temporary space on Broad Street.

Work from Operation Eve students

Inventing the Future: Operation Eve Taps Technical, Creative Talents of Young Women

This in-school initiative created by the University City Science Center's art outreach program, Breadboard, engages young women in STEM.


KE-TV: Comcast Premieres Video Series Commemorating Civil Rights Movements

To mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the Philadelphia-based entertainment giant introduces His Dream, Our Stories: The Legacy of the March on Washington.

Bob Moul

Philadelphia's Artisan Expands with More Features for App Builders

The company formerly known as AppRenaissance expects to hire 15 in the next two years.


In An Era of Budget Cuts, CRED Magazine Offers a Creative Outlet for Philly Youth

While local schools continue to slash arts programming, the Village of Arts and Humanities produces a print magazine by youth for youth -- even finding the funds to pay their contributors.


Stomping Ground: A Philadelphia Story Filmed in Two Days

Two months to pull together a crew for a two-day movie shoot? No problem says this rising screenwriter/director with an affinity for low-budget, high-quality indie films.

(from left) Robert Glasgow, Joseph Iagulli and Frank Walter were among the Drexel students involved last year in the student-run initiative, which has outperformed the S&P 400 Midcap Index.

Inventing the Future: Drexel Students Grow Dragon Fund to $1M

Drexel's LeBow College of Business launches an innovative student investment program alongside the Dragon Fund, now one of the largest student-managed investment portfolios in the U.S. 

Mike Stampler of Norman Porter Co makes raw selvege Denim products in Kensington

What Makes Creative Businesses Choose Philadelphia?

A recent panel discussion asked successful entrepreneurs to examine their reasons for locating locally. Their insights could help Philadelphia attract the next big company.


KE-TV: Global Philly Celebrates City's International Flavor

More than 100 partners are rolling out a first-of-its-kind exposition from Sept. 15-Nov. 1.

Cloud Coffee

Problem-Solving 101: Entrepreneurs Brewing on the Go at Temple U.

Two Tyler grads' spruced-up truck is bringing top-flight brew to the North Philadelphia campus and creating an innovative community art practice in the process.

Joanne Levengood inspects her grapes

Bottle It: Pennsylvania's Greenest Wineries

From geothermal to composting systems, these four winemakers are growing PA's wine industry while treading lightly on the land and resources.

9th and Berks

How Philadelphia is Taking Sustainable Housing Seriously

Sustainable housing is one of the few weaknesses in Philly's "greenest city" aspirations, but these three projects could change all that.

Cycle Fusion

Big Business in Bikes in Pittsburgh, Philly and Beyond

Entrepreneurs in cities across the country are pedaling toward profits and spreading the gospel of bicycle. 


Philadelphia's Breadboard Sets Up Shop at Intersection of Art and Science

This innovative arm of the Science Center argues that creativity is essential to scientific discovery, while also giving artists and students access to the latest high-tech tools.

Yvonne T. Emmanuel, Manager of Administrative Services

Come For the Health Care, Stay For the Community-Building

When the Spectrum Community Health Center opens in July, it will dramatically increase access to health care in its West Philly neighborhood.


Inventing the Future: From Original Idea to Billions

Philadelphia's fertile entrepreneurial environment has produced world class tech and science companies. 

Ground breaking at the Philadlephia Navy Yard

Inventing the Future: Salvation at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Building 661, a crumbling, long-forgotten structure, is being reborn as the Center for Building Energy Science. 

938 S 49th

Inventing the Future: Saving Homes, Fighting Blight in Philly

Part detective, part hostage negotiator, Project Rehab's Ryan Spak is reviving University City's abandoned properties, and saving taxpayer dollars in the process.

The office has regular showings, in office, with many local artists

Whose Website is it Anyway? Philadelphia legal firm tames new frontier

The Wild West-like world of online intellectual property and new media calls for a different kind of sheriff -- enter Greising Law, a firm making a name for itself representing startups, artists and emerging tech companies.

Network Lab

Inventing the Future: Making Scientists Outside the Lab

"I Love My Science Job" hopes to spark young people to pursue careers in life sciences, a vital element of Philadelphia's new economy.


Inventing the Future: Rethinking Market Street in University City

The Porch at 30th Street Station sparked a makeover of a key stretch of Market St., and this vital Philly corridor will only get more vibrant.

The (digital) tools in Jennie Love's Arsenal

Sharing Love: Social Media the Newest Tool in Farmers' Shed

Love 'n Fresh Flowers' Jennie Love uses Pinterest and Facebook to grow her business and brighten up weddings throughout the region. 

Monell Scientists at work

Inventing the Future: At Monell, It's a Matter of Taste

By studying taste and smell, local scientists hope to unlock keys to managing obesity, detecting disease, tracking genetic traits and managing trauma.


Taking Design Out of the Studio and onto the Streets

Alex Gilliam's youth-focused Tiny WPA is a Works Progress Administration for small-scale urban innovation that's helping reimagine Philadelphia's underused spaces.


Share It: The Official Guide to Coworking in Pennsylvania

Nearly 20 spaces are thriving, advising and specializing, and more communities are building as we speak.


KE-TV: Meet the Ambler 17 Year-Old Who Could Help Revolutionize Drug Design

Jordan Kellenbach's work centers on a bioinformatics study that could break new ground in predicting protein binding for drug therapy.

Adaptimmune laboratory – Scientist cloning a TCR

Inventing the Future: Working towards the next cancer breakthrough

Local scientists from Penn Medicine and Adaptimmune are at the forefront of research into T-Cell immunotherapy, a treatment that could potentially cure some types of cancer.

Sun and Earth

Sun and Earth: How a Small, Green King of Prussia Company Keeps Up with Household Cleaner Kings

Andy Clibanoff has led major enhancements to the company's products, e-commerce and marketing efforts.

Edgar N Putnam Pavillion

LOOK UP: Pennsylvania's 5 Coolest Buildings

Glass, straw bales and good old-fashioned PA steel help make these new buildings among the commonwealth's most impressive.


Inventing the Future: Dynamic Public Spaces Will Transform Drexel's Campus, Neighborhood

Thanks to an Updated Master Plan, Drexel aims to spend half a billion dollars on development in the coming years, urbanizing and greening their campus. University City will never be the same again.

Shelley Spector at the NextFab space

Step Inside Philadelphia's Gym for Innovators

The open-to-all high-tech workshop NextFab Studio has new digs with 3D printers, industrial textile machines and revolutionary software.


Master Planners: Why Philadelphia's Navy Yard is a Leader in Sustainability Strategies

With its Master Plan update, the Navy Yard pushes the envelope on green development and stormwater management.

Kush Parmar

Pennsylvania Has Enormous Untapped Potential for Investment, Says Venture Capitalist Kush Parmar

5AM Ventures recently led a $23M investment in a Radnor biotech firm. Principal Kush Parmar discusses the investment and PA's venture climate.

Ken Fink of Wondergy

Wondergy: Providing the Energy for STEM to Take Root

Marketing entrepreneur Ken Fink combines his loves for science, education and theater into a fast-moving, deep-diving interpretation of scientific explanations.

Ghost of the Walls

Philadelphia artist's 3D murals will enliven vacant spaces using light, sound and video

This fall, artist and curator Sean Stoops will invite the whole city to 'Animated Architecture,' an immersive 3D video installation series.


Philadelphia Startup at the Forefront of a Consumer Electronics Revolution

Want to roll up a tablet computer and slip it into your pocket? A marvelous new carbon material developed at UPenn could make that a reality.

2013 Who's Next Grammys

It's in the Bag for Pennsylvania Artists at The Grammys

A boutique publicist and a music producer from Philadelphia are working on a Grammys week fundraiser in Los Angeles.


High-End Apartment Project Displays Gritty Kensington's Potential in Philly

These guys are transforming an industrial relic into loft living, a magnet for urban pioneers.

Invisible Sentinel

Startup's High-Tech Food Safety Tool Attracts Attention and Investment

Imagine if testing for tainted food was as simple as checking a handheld device. Pennsylvania innovator Invisible Sentinel is making that happen while saving lives.

Judy Wicks talks local economies

KE-TV: Building Local Living Economies with Pennsylvania's Finest

When Judy Wicks and Drew Arata talk sustainability, people should listen. Their efforts in Philadelphia and Media, respectively, have had impacts beyond their region.

Tristin Hightower

Invite Only: The Force Behind Girl Geek Dinners

This Philadelphia tech maven's events make even techies-in-training feel comfortable.

Paul Graziani

Inventing the Marketplace: Analytical Graphics Inc. Plots Growth

A software company that began in a living room in 1989 now has 250 employees, $50M in annual sales and a flagship product with wide-ranging applications. Read more.


Making Marketers More Agile

When Ben Franklin funded the company $250,000 in 2008, it had three employees. Now it has over $20M in investment and 130 employees. Read more.

Science Center turns 50

Innovation Nation: The Science Center turns 50

From its perch in University City, Philadelphia, the Science Center continues to invent the future.

Postgreen's FRANK project

Postgreen: See What Philadelphia's Modern Urban Planners Are Developing Next

Two of the firm's affordable, energy efficient and mixed-use projects are coming to Frankford Ave.

Victoria Greene

Every Murder Is Real: Philadelphia 'Healing Center' Advocates for Victims' Families

Victoria Greene channels a mother's anguish into services for the families of homicide victims.

Peter Groverman

Can Pennsylvania Lead American Exports Revival?

The state's biggest cheerleader for exports lauds new scholarships for small businesses to attend a trade mission to Brazil and Chile.

Taila Goldberg

College Credit: Venture Capital For Students By Students

First Round Captial's innovative Dorm Room Fund gives a boost to student-run startups.

Coldfronts in Tri State Inide's new space at 2100 Dauphin

From Lancaster to Philly: Tri State Indie Tunes Up PA's Creative Economy

The community-minded online music network started in Lancaster and has since opened a physical space in Philadelphia's creative hub of Fishtown.

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Girlz Just Want to Go Tech: A Talk With TechGirlz Founder Tracey Welson-Rossman

Tracey Welson-Rossman is a successful entrepreneur and activist who now heads TechGirlz, aimed at encouraging young women to pursue tech careers. 

Adrienne Justice and Jay Roselius discussing biz at Fireball Printing

Philly's Urban Fiber: The Loom's Modern Manufacturing

In Port Richmond, a former textile mill houses the region’s largest collection of artists, small manufacturers and entrepreneurs. 

Ray Gant motivating the crew

Ray of Hope: One Man's Journey from Prison Back to the Streets

Philadelphia's Ray Gant is beautifying blighted neighborhoods one at a time. He's featured in a new book called "Everyday Heroes."

Trey Flemming atop Milk and Honey Market

Bees in the City, Honey From Every Neighborhood

Real honey that reps the neighborhood from which it was produced is the tasty byproduct of Philadelphia beekeeping's rise and a smart collaboration.


Temple Gallery Gets Contemporary, from Whirr to Wurlitzer to Buzz

A "transformational shift" will produce more exhibitions, more artworks and objects on display, and a direct link to "what's happening today."

Cory Donovan

Q&A: Cory Donovan, Project Liberty Digital Incubator

Focused on adding value for the three startups housed with philly.com and Interstate General Media, this Virginia transplant is keeping busy.

Philly Beer Week 2013

BIGGER BEER: Expansion at Victory, Philadelphia Brewing Company

Victory's $50 million investment in a new facility and PBC's new line of ciders kick off fall beer season with some excitement.

Diamond and N Marshall st

Prioritizing Preservation in Philadelphia's Land Bank Legislation

Lessons from the Rust Belt could come in handy as Philadelphia's proposed land banking bill attempts to balance opportunity with regulation.

Jennie Love of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

How Philadelphia's Greenest Companies Are Staying Ahead

A flower grower, organic salon, green roof and wall architect, PR agency and web development shop are raising Philly's sustainability bar.

The team from Bright Ideas celebrates their Green Innovator title at Clean Air Council's GreenFest -

Bright Ideas: Students Create Startup to Increase LED Use

The student-led company out of the Sustainability Workshop earned the Green Innovator title at the Clean Air Council's GreenFest this month.

Philadelphia Startup

KE-TV: Philadelphia's Startup Avalanche Has Begun

It's evident that the momentum is building for Philadelphia to become a true hub for technology startups and innovative founders.

Adam Melson, SEO Consultant for SEER Interactive

Philadelphia SEO Consultant Adam Melson Dishes on How to Boost Search

Search Church 'preacher' busts some myths, shares some secrets and unveils SEER's latest analytics division.

Skip Weiner of Urban Tree Connection

Triple Threat: Three Philly Social Entrepreneurs to Watch

Launching a startup is hard enough, but Philadelphia is making a name for itself with entrepreneurs chasing the triple bottom line.

Daniel Speers

Iraq War Vet's PA-Made Film A Reflection of Time Served

Daniel Speers wrote his sci-fi narrative, which debuts in Philadelphia on Aug. 26 and Reading on Sept. 9, after his second tour near Baghdad.

Norman Porter Company

SPECTACLE: Philadelphia's Norman Porter Company Makes Jeans Matter

From their new studio space at the Hatchatory in Fishtown, the Norman Porter guys make denim and leather goods that measure up to its customers' specific tastes.

Preston's Paradise on 839 Preston Ave.

Preston's Paradise Seeds Urban Gardening in West Philly

Ryan Kuck didn't intend to spread his love of community gardens, but organic growth has created more fresh food options in Belmont.

Alexis Jeffcoat tweets as we photograph in Laurel Hill Cemetary

Why Philly Clicks: Arts & Culture Sector Masters Social Media

Museums, theaters and even cemeteries across the city have developed innovative social media tactics to stand out in a crowded space.

Brewerytown Food Trucks

Food Trucks Take Over Brewerytown, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association hosted the biggest event in its young history, a roundup of close to 20 local food trucks.

Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner - Milkboy Studios, 7th st.

SOUND TRENDS: Philly Recording Studios Adapt to Artists's Needs

Despite shrinking budgets and a surplus of fame-seeking artists, local studios stay ahead by staying on top of talent and being opportunistic.

Innovation Center

On a Mission: Chester County's First Life Science Incubator

The massive Innovation Center at Eagleview in Exton has its first tenant as collaborators look to grow biopharma's dominant presence here.

Any Sentence

Introducing AnySentence.com, for Those Who Love Mom, Obama, Romney and Bacon

Philadelphia creative agency Mighty Engine's new product aims to make creating a website as easy as completing a sentence.

The first floor of the Traction Company building, located on 4100 Haverford Avenue.

Traction Company: How 8 PAFA Grads Built the Most Dynamic Art Studio in Philadelphia

They're maximizing vertical space inside an old West Philly trolley manufacturing facility.

J. Rudy Flesher, Amy Kiyota, Chris Alfano, Jamira Burley

Meet Four of Philadelphia's Next-Generation Leaders

We scouted out young talent in Philadelphia who are engaged in transformative work and figure to be among the city's next leaders.

West Philly Tool Library

DIY Dreaming at the West Philly Tool Library

They're building banjos, walking on the trapeze and reclaiming cemeteries, and they all come here to get the tools they need.

Hashem Ashrafiuon

Tackling Concussions With Software, Grandma Lizard, Stomaching Cancer

A Villanova professor believes a personal brain-wave sample could help better determine the existence and severity of concussions.

David Groverman

One Man's Junk is An Entire Corridor's Treasure in West Philly

The addition of David Groverman's Resellers Central Market to the 3900 block of Lancaster Ave. could mean big things for the corridor.


Waste Not: PA's Food Recovery Programs Spare Trash, Expense

State College Borough is among those cashing in by keeping food out of the trash.  

Rennie Jaffe in his office at RELAPSE Records

Sound Trends: How Philadelphia-Area Independent Record Labels Remain Viable

Our writer checks in with Siltbreeze, Relapse, Seclusiasis and Data Garden, among local labels adapting to the industry's changing landscape.

Autistic Touch

Autism App Creator from Lehigh Valley Making Strides

Separate apps developed by Bethlehem's Jason Lotito, whose son is autistic, promise to connect those with the disorder to their communities.

Culture Works

Coworking Space for Arts and Culture Coming to Center City Philadelphia

The cultural strategy and resource gurus at CultureWorks are seeking founding members for their 4,500 square foot space that will open in October.

Youngmoo Kim

When Robots Rule the World, They'll Come From Pennsylvania

Throughout the Commonwealth, higher education, government and private businesses are creating the future of global robotics.

Greg Oloughlin

How to Connect With Keystone Edge and Our New Publisher

Greg O'Loughlin grew up outside Philly and went to college at Pitt. He has already helped raise the bar at Keystone Edge.

Karen Zinn

ARTS&BUSINESS: Getting Strategic With Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

With help from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, KZB Advisors principal Karen Zinn facilitated a strategic plan that will help Isaiah Zagar's gang of mosaic magic-makers keep shining on.

Jason Mercado - Just Cookies

A Philadelphia Homeless Man's Path to Entrepreneurship

Utilizing free resources and unwavering determination, Jason Mercado is a kitchen inspection away from launching Just Cookies.

Video Game Development

KE-TV: How To Start Your Own Indie Game Studio

Cypher Prime, Final Form and Island Officials share their startup secrets in Philadelphia.

Woody Decasere and Rob Altieri

PA Leads B Corporations Push, But Will It Become Official?

State senators introduced a bill that would legally recognize B Corps here, home to more socially responsible companies than anywhere but Calif.


KE-TV: A Video About the Future of Video Sharing

Tubelr hit the streets during Philly Startup Weekend to learn how people want to share videos with friends.

Women in Tech Summit

Turnout At First Women In Tech Summit Is Proof of Growth

Two hundred women convened for networking and learning on Saturday for this Philly Tech Week event, illustrating the local rise of women in technology.


Philadelphia's South Street West Comes of Age

One of Philly's iconic streets is abuzz with construction, rehab and lots of new businesses, establishing a new dining destination that's more livable than ever.

Sean Race and the Acorn Area

Pennsylvania's Nanotech Players Pursuing Giga-Scale Impact

Across PA, advances in nanotechnology are developing devices that depend on particles many times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

5K for Clen Air

Is Philly's 5K Run for Clean Air the Greenest Race in America?

With a CO2-neutral truck providing all power via solar, medals made from recycled materials and runner bibs made of seed paper, the 31st annual race fits the bill.

Penn Public Policy Challenge

Pitching the School District as Real Estate Developer

Five teams competed for $10k and a shot at nationals at the Public Policy Challenge, and the prize went to the innovative "Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities" plan.

Ryan Bove

Problem-Solving 101: PA's New MBA Path to Entrepreneurship

More MBAs are starting businesses, and there are plenty in PA who enter their studies not with a ready-made idea, but on the hunt for a fix.

Abu Kamara and Pete Groverman of Gravora

Philly Exports Startup Blazes Global Entrepreneurial Trail

A third-generation entrepreneur's most recent venture aims to put 'Made in the USA' back on the map, and he's taking his friends for the ride.

Swatara abstract

Pennsylvania Gets Even More Attractive to Businesses

More companies choose to locate their operations in Pennsylvania, including natural gas players, farmers, major global brands and breweries.

Hack the Change organizers Pratham Mittal and Casey Rosengren

SMS SOS: Hack the Change Gets Local to Think Global

The Penn-organized weekend hackathon set out to identify and solve real-world problems, many through text-based tech.

Evolve IP

i2n: Chester and Delco KIZs Join Forces for Regional Strength

The new partnership will involve nearly 60 companies and 25 institutions in Southeastern PA, bolstering the area's emerging technology sector.

One of many trolleys you can step into in Scranton.

Arts Set the Stage, But Jobs and Other Investment Must Follow

Growing arts scenes are making places like Scranton and Bethlehem more attractive destinations, part of a recipe for success.

Mihir Shah

How a Philly Company Fought the FDA to Get Its Breast Cancer Screening Device Cleared

Mihir Shah came from India in 1997 seeking to make a big impact and is closer than ever thanks to his relentless pursuit of more effective breast cancer diagnostics.

UPenn Spring career Fair

MOVING PICTURE: Startups Take Over UPenn Career Fair

The record attendance was no coincidence: more startups are attracting more students and recent grads to stay in Philadelphia.

Code for America fellow Michelle Lee and lots of ideas

Philly's Civic Hackathon Engages 'People Who Write Code and Want to Give Back'

Local Code for America fellows led an impressive group of people who aim to hack a better Philly.

Ashley Peel Pinkham  Assistant Director - The Print Center

How Philadelphia Non-Profits Are Nurturing Human Capital

As funding challenges mount, area non-profits are utilizing techniques to attract, grow and retain one of its most important resources: people.

Michelle Dempsey of DxDempsey

Building Efficiency and an Industry in Pennsylvania

Federal grants leveraged with local funds are making homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient and putting efficiency contractors and sustainability designers to work.

Focus 2026 partners for World Class Greater Philadelphia

Economy League Unleashes Partners on Priority Areas

The next phase of the long-term initiative in Greater Philadelphia taps into its true power, tackling infrastructure, education and business.

Mike Fiebach

Q&A: Mike Fiebach, Fame House

Back in Philly after building his company in San Francisco through high-profile work with DJ Shadow, this former artist is helping musicians and brands work digital marketing magic.


CAMPUS GREEN: Zipcar Drives Car-Sharing Across PA

Drexel is the latest school to partner with Zipcar, with two offices and hundreds of cars at universities and urban destinations statewide.

Melissa D'Agostino; creator and founder of D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design

Philly's Fashion Sense Returns, and It Looks and Feels Local

Daring entrepreneurs, a new incubator, region-wide support and higher ed are creating a new model for textile and apparel manufacturing.

Ready Steady Go

LoResTV: Temple Students Create Film Company to Examine Entrepreneurs

Ready Set Go is a series of short films that put a group of eight undergrads to the test, and one student hopes the experience will lead to his own startup success.

Philadelphia Seaport Museum

Debunking the List: Philly As Most Depressed City is Comical

A psychology website ranks it so based on Google Trends and an assortment of keywords. Both its methodology and presentation are bogus.

Flocking to Philly

Flocking to Philly: International Visitors Up Nearly 50 Percent

Visitors from Western Europe, and increasingly India, China and elsewhere in Asia, are flocking here for history, conventions and shopping.

Front of the Cafe - restored old Bathey House building

All Aboard: Trolley Car Diner's Impactful Brand Grows in Philly

Developer, restaurateur, and community activist Ken Weinstein has helped transform Mt. Airy and nearby communities with a grassroots approach.

The Enchanted Cupboard

Gift Guide: No Place Like PA's Etsy Shops for the Holidays

Shop online and local with a host of talented creators from Gettysburg to Pittston selling art, furniture, toys, jewelry and geekery.

Girl geek Dinner at Varga Bar

Women's Web: Philly's Rising Tide of Female-Focused Tech Groups

Several groups supporting women in technology have sprouted up in the last year, all looking to increase accessibility, awareness and acumen.

Evan Malone at Next Fab

Models of Collaborative Consumption Catch On in Philly

In Philadelphia, we share rides and workspaces and 3D printers, to name a few. As the concept grows nationally, our region stands to gain.


The Talent Dividend: How More College Grads Can Add to PA's Bottom line

College degrees lead to prosperous cities, adding billions to a city's bottom line. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are competing for a $1 million prize to boost college attainment.

Andrea Stoner Leaman at the Lancaster Creative Reuse center

Creative Reuse in PA: Three Centers That Make Stuff Come Back to Life

PA is a hub for creative reuse, evidenced by thriving centers in Lancaster, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia that takes used or recycled materials and turns them into works of art or other useful items.


LoResTV: PHS Tree Tenders Take to Philly Streets to Plant One Million

They learn in the classroom about tree biology, identification, maintenance and pruning, then get their hands dirty in an effort to restore the city's tree canopy to 30 percent.

West Philly

Cost of Living: How Expensive is Philadelphia?

When it comes to life in a major U.S. city, Philly is a surprisingly good deal, with lower rents than places like Seattle and Baltimore.

Matt and Nat Thomas Photography

Power of Two: Secrets to Marital, Entrepreneurial Bliss

About one in five small businesses are run by husband-and-wife teams. Here's how two Pennsylvania couples make it work.

Pop-up Piazza

What's Working in Cities: Placemaking's Power

With a premium on public input and economic growth, placemaking is increasingly being employed in cities all around the world, including high-profile projects in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

 The beginnings of the first Earthship project in a major U.S. city in Kensington

Deep Dive on Green Jobs Shows Many Shades of Opportunity in Philadelphia

Green jobs can mean many things to many people. To our expert, they have the power to transform Philadelphia on many levels: economic, environmental and educational, to name a few.


Philly Startup Has Prescription for Entering Growing China Healthcare Market

The new company looks to help small- and medium-sized pharma, biotech and medical device firms enter the fastest-growing market in the world.

Sarah Hawkins

Meet PA's Next Top Model, All 5-Foot-3 Of Her

Messiah College senior Sarah Hawkins' next step might be New York for grad school, but she has already received lots of attention.

Design Philly

It's Not a Festival; DesignPhiladelphia Could Be An Economic Savior

In its seventh year and now a brand agency, the Hilary Jay-led movement runs Oct. 13-23, putting forth its collective might with 150 public events.


MIND THE GAP: What A Year Off Means to Potential Employers

Whether it's teaching English in South Korea or going on tour with a punk rock band, a gap-year experience should mean something to you and potential employers.

Simon Hauger

Fast Times at Sustainability High

It doesn't look or feel like a school, which is why this project-based learning experiment at the Navy Yard is already making a big impact on a diverse group of South Philly teens.

The State of University City

Lots of Reasons to Cheer About Philly's University City

Projects totaling $2 billion and a healthy dose of collaboration have helped the pride of West Philly come a long way. All that's left is leveraging and messaging, says one of its leaders.

Palmer works with students on the green screen

Power Button: Video Game Tech Gains Support in Harrisburg

Video games could be the state's next big industry if techies, academics and politicians in the Capital Region can stay on the same screen.

Tyler Westnedge

Q&A: Tyler Westnedge, At Media

He says Philly needs more high-profile advertising campaigns to help grow the bustling creative talent base here, and he's doing his part by generating results as well as controversy.

Hillman, Rupp, Glick, and Cera

Philly's Startup Scene: A New Underdog Story?

The future starts now for Philadelphia's startup community, which attempts to redefine itself and grow by nurturing its successes and new faces.

Philly Fringe 2011

Your Guide for the 15th Annual Philly Fringe and Live Arts Festival

Everything you need to know about this year's event, which runs Sept. 2-17 throughout Philadelphia, including hotspots, extras and must-see performances.

Tayyib Smith

Q&A: Tayyib Smith, Little Giant

One of Philly's most influential tastemakers says the city is "in flux," and although he could go elsewhere, wants to help make the region a first-tier market.

Brandon Yoshimura

Q&A: Brandon Yoshimura, Loffles

Legitimizing and streamlining online sweepstakes for both consumers and advertisers is the goal for this startup, which has drawn $500,000 in seed funding.

Ship It Society

LoRes-TV: Ship It Society Makes Ideas Happen in Philly

Pitch, design, collaborate and work. Designers, developers and would-be entrepreneurs came together for this hackathon at Independents Hall.

Ray Fallon

Mind the Gap: Options Abound for Gap Years, But How to Choose?

There's no shortage of possibilities for the would-be gap-year taker, but determining the right fit and how to make it happen take some careful planning and research.

PA Solar thumb

Making Their Mark: Two Firms Make PA More Energy Efficient

Mark Group and Sun Run came from the U.K. and California, respectively, and are aiming to save Pennsylvanians money on their energy bills.

Jay Katarincic thumb

Show Us the Money: Five PA Venture Capitalists to Watch

We set out to find which Pennsylvania-based investors would most likely find the next big innovation, and our experts weigh in why these five VC stars made our list.

Jeffrey Lin thumb

Q&A: Jeffrey Lin, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Philly's low-cost amenities are among the traits that make it a desirable city in which to live, but patterning the city after Silicon Valley might not be wise, says this fast-rising economist who also plays sax in a local jam band.


DreamIt Ventures Teams With Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Keep Successful Startups in Philly

Companies like scvngr and Notehall have come and gone, but DreamIt Plus will aim to keep its successful startup accelerator grads here.


Mind the Gap: Why You (Yes, You) Should Consider a Gap Year

Gap years are mostly popular in the U.K., but this Philadelphia University student's series uncovers how a gap year can transform the job prospects, resume, and spirit of any student -- or workforce veteran.


Q&A: Jamila Payne, Greenspace

She's been an entrepreneur, fashion designer, community organizer, political candidate, and author. Up next: a green co-working space in West Philly.


It's Training Day for State's Growing Life Sciences Sector

Across PA, colleges and industry groups are ramping up training programs for a variety of future workers, including a growing number of manufacturing and non-scientific positions.

West Penn Allegheny Health System

Temple, West Penn Allegheny Team Up For New Medical School

A cross-state partnership will produce Pennsylvania's second new medical college in the last five years, addressing a critical shortage of physicians in Western PA and bolstering the state's life sciences sector.


Faces of Energy: Mirka Walczak, BuLogics

She has spent the last eight years helping her Philly-based company that designs energy-saving devices redefine itself and transform the marketplace for wireless home and office energy control.


Two Philly Firms Named to Global Water Industry Honor Roll

Last week in Toronto, two PA companies -- both from Philadelphia -- received further validation they are helping the state to the forefront of global innovations in the water industry.


Faces of Energy, Catherine Neil, Heat Shed

Eight years ago, she left her big city job to join her husband's solar installation company. Today, she relishes her status as one of the state's leading installers -- and promoter of PA's energy industry.


MAD Dragon Moves Philadelphia Music Forward

Drexel University's student- run record label combines the music-first approach of an indie label with the staffing of a corporate label, giving musicians and music lovers a very real-world sound.


Smart Plug Innovator Among Ten Southeast PA Companies to Rake In Combined $2M

Early stage medical, energy and internet-based companies are again the focus of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania's latest investment round, including $500,000 for Green Power Technologies.


Debunking the List: Philly's Not Nearly as Toxic as Forbes Thinks

Forbes points out the obvious - our industrial heritage - in ranking Philly atop its toxic cities list, but our own report finds that while we have some work to do, we live in an environment that's increasingly sustainable.


Our Big Blue Bin: PA's Recycling Industry Grows into Green Force

It's easier for people in Pennsylvania to recycle and they can recycle more materials than they could a few years ago. That turns into great news for people who make a living turning old things into new.


D'Alessandri steps down from TCMC; Science Center's Tang joins OraSure board

Last week was a big one for major personnel announcements in the state's life sciences sector, leaving the state's newest med school, The Commonwealth Medical College, searching for a new leader.


Indelible Impressions: PA Tattoo Artists Take on the Fine Arts World

It's about more than just needles, ink and skin for these artists. Through collaboration, unique gallery spaces, a passion for their work and a positive vibe, they're making quite an impact on the state's fine arts community.


Q&A: Nicole Cerami, Waste Oil Recyclers

In Modena, a Chester County town of 600 still reeling from unemployment as the local steel industry shriveled, this innovative company is making a big impact, providing a valuable service to businesses.

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Disabili-Tech: New Tools Diversify, Grow PA Workforce

A new breed of assisted technology firms is using computers and related devices to help the disabled go to work, a hope held by many and promoted by a number of public and private organizations across the state.


Faces of Energy: Anita Brattina, AllFacilities Energy Group

Starting in telemarketing and now firmly planted in the energy sector, this CEO of a Pittsburgh-based company that helps building owners and managers run their facilities more efficiently is well-positioned to continue explosive growth.


Tech Talk: Open Data, Civic Transparency Coming to Philly through Code for America

The Department of Technology and Code for America program are working to make currently private data sets public, allowing real time access for citizens and the opportunity for developers to create applications to use the data in new ways.


Growth of Medical Devices Keeps PA's Life Sciences Industry Healthy

While pharma has been heavily impacted by the recession, a steady, growing roster of medical device innovators are creating the technology, companies and jobs for the next generation of healthcare.


Faces of Energy: Pete Cona, Versify Solutions

 As CEO of a company that helps counterparts in the power industry streamline operations, he has made some of the biggest names in the country his clients--as well as pioneered an innovative application that gives renewable energy a big boost.


How Philly is Taking the Lead on the City Planning-Public Health Connection

Center City native Clint Randall's job is entirely devoted to helping connect city planning with public health, putting Greater Philadelphia at the forefront of an important growing trend that can heal what ails us.

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That's the Ticket: Montco Man Earns Worldwide Ticketing Industry's Top Honor

A veteran ticketing entrepreneur tabbed by U2 and Pearl Jam, Jim McCafferty of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts was named Outstanding Ticketing Professional at the annual INTIX conference last month.


The Pitch Doctor is In: Ride the Elevator to Success

Media-based business communications veteran Steve Bowman is downright surgical when it comes to examining and expressing a company's essence.


Q&A: Colleen Snee, EnergyConnect

The energy and marketing veteran is focused on demand response innovation from a growing company straddling Silicon Valley and PJM Interconnect territory in Southeastern PA. Time is running out to save cash and electricity for institutional customers in the coming year.

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Punxsutawney Phil, PennFuture Help Ease Sting of Steelers' Loss

As we put away our Terrible Towels for the season, Pennsylvania's social media and environmental victories last week were super in their own right, setting a new bar for Foursquare and for sustainable cheerleading, respectively.


Radio for the People, By the People: PA's Innovating Internet Broadcasters

They want the airwaves, and they've got 'em. You'll find all kinds in PA's internet radio community, largely because of its cost effectiveness, improved technology, and freedom from the FCC.


Faces of Energy: Bob Fiori & Greg Puschnigg, Green Power Technologies

A  new device developed and made in PA that retails for $48 could help stem the country's annual wasting of more than $10 billion in electricity due to appliances being left on or in standby mode. It also further cements the state's leadership in energy efficiency.


Excellent Exit: Eli Lilly's Acquisition of Avid a Study in Smart, Early Investment

BioAdvance, the Southeastern PA funder of promising life sciences startups, played an integral role in steering Avid Radiopharmaceuticals and its molecular brain imaging technology toward the big time.

PA mobile payment firm comes to WikiLeaks' aid, will collect text donations

In response to PayPal cutting off the embattled international nonprofit media organization, Philadelphia startup Xipwire announced today it is collecting donations for WikiLeaks via text.


Custom Cuts: Philly Woodworker Nails Sustainable Sawmill

Steve Ebner's passion for anything wood has helped build a sustainable sawmill operation unlike any other in the region when it comes to offering historic lumber for restoration, renovation and construction.


The Busiest Woman in Philly: Roz Duffy Puts Innovation on Two Stages in November

Organizing two landmark events that engage and nurture innovation in the tech and creative communities, she might be the busiest woman in Philly this month. Barcamp Philly and TEDx Philly are just six days apart next week, and they definitely won't be lame.


Keystone Edge Turns 100: A Milestone Full of Energy

The energy sector has thrust Pennsylvania back into the national spotlight, and while mid-term elections have many caught in a partisan posture, it's impossible to ignore the state's recent energy development achievements and the need to keep them in the forefront.


SPECTACLE: Capturing the Spirit

Here's a compilation of some of those photos that capture the people who are moving Pennsylvania forward every day. They're as diverse as the industries and towns in which they work, but they all look good to us.


Reborn: Opportunity Abounds in Biosciences

Small but ambitious Malvern startup Recro Pharma represents the changing face of the state's bioscience industry, on full display for next week's Biotech 2010, an annual symposium hosted by Pennsylvania Bio.


Eastern PA's Sweet Spot: Chocolate Dreams in Philly and Beyond

Candy is dandy from Central PA to the New Jersey border, and an inspired class of chocolatiers are turning Philadelphia into a hub of chocolate entrepreneurship, including artisanal offerings and nostalgic techniques.


PHOTOS FROM THE EDGE: The Wild Foodies of Philly

Within Greater Philadelphia's considerable foodie community is a sub-genre known as Wild Foodies who are spreading the seed of wild edibles, both plants and small critters, that are found just outside our doors.


Going Against the Migraine: The Rapid Rise of NuPathe

With its newest product, a migraine headache patch that cures pain and reduces side effects, Conshohocken's NuPathe Pharmaceuticals and its serial entrepreneur co-founder Jane Hollingsworth have hit the big time.


Innovation Nation: DesignPhiladelphia Gives Boost to Creatives, City

The annual event, created by design guru Hilary Jay and now the largest open-source gathering of its kind, fulfills the visions of the creative class in Greater Philadelphia and has grown to influence similar efforts elsewhere.


Slideshow: Your Philly Fringe Fix

The annual Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe features the freshest artists and designers, and the homegrown dance performance featuring Daniele Strawmyre's Kaidan captures both the gorgeous and grotesque of Japanese horror films.


Welcome to Flying Kite: I Can't Believe I'm Living in Philly

Keystone Edge's sister publication in Greater Philadelphia, Flying Kite, launched this week, and our managing editor, who will serve our sister site in the same capacity, explains how moving to Philly changed his life (but not his rooting interests).


Q&A: Kelly Wylam, Innovation Partnership

The consortium of 12 prominent economic development and business assistance organizations she oversees has helped young PA companies pull in $18M in federal Small Business Innovation Research grants, accelerating technology commercialization statewide.


The Two-Wheeled Hybrid: E-Bikes Hit the Road in PA

Visionary entrepreneurs are hoping to ride e-bikes to profits, and it's getting easier to buy bicycles with batteries and electric motors statewide. A proposed state law would also make them street legal.


Crime Pays for PA Tech Firms That Are Making Communities Safer

This isn't a citizen's arrest. Rather, multiple technology firms are working at bringing emergency responders, school and other institutions up to speed with the latest and most effective security and monitoring gadgetry.


Bulding Supplies Al Fresco in Lancaster

Two Ricks, Frescatore and Scott, got their start in recycling 20 years ago and have taken their next sustainable step with Fresco Green Building Supplies, connecting sustainable products with customers and installers in Lancaster and beyond.


Snap! They Actually Built a Better Mousetrap

Woodstream Corp. of Lititz teamed with Philadelphia product designers Bresslergroup to retool a product often tinkered with but rarely profited from. The next-generation Victor Quickset Mousetrap is now a model for sustainable product design.


PA Artisan Trails Blazing New Path for Artists and Their Communities

You can get your kicks on Route 66, but can you get collectible glass pieces or award-winning sculpture made of man-made disposables? The PA Artisan Trails have turned well-traveled routes into prime creative space, enriching artists, tourists and local economies.


Has the Time Come for Time Banks?

Exchanging services like gardening for pet-sitting may seem like simplistic bartering, but time banks from across PA are taking the concept to a new level for better health, tighter-knit communities and skills development.


Q&A: Chris Molineaux, Pennsylvania Bio

He's got big shoes to fill and big priorities as the new president of PA's only statewide membership organization for the biosciences, and he'll draw on a career's worth of relevant experience in the most dynamic political and healthcare environments.


Southeast PA Firms Lead Transparency, Accuracy in Third-Party Green Certification Movement

If you ever see a GreenCircle label or a B Corporation designation, you can feel confident about the claims made behind it. The companies are legitimizing a rapidly growing sector and keeping PA among the nation's sustainability leaders.


Coal Gets a New Legacy Thanks to Wind Developers

With thousands of acres of former coalfield land available for development, environmental groups and wind energy companies are fighting to see they go to good use.


The Serial 'Nanny': Johanna Allston Raises Technology, Capital, Expectations

Her latest company, Bucks County-based bioCapture, has a breakthrough platform that separates biological materials and has significant potential for stem cell research, purification of therapeutics, and diagnostics.


No Funny Money: Local Currency Sustains Local Economies

Community organizer Paul Glover has brought the idea of local currency to Eastern PA, where multiple communities are cashing in and improving the health of local business districts as well as underserved residents.


Recycled Skateboards Jump From Passion to Profits for Hanover Entrepreneur

Wrecked skateboards are making the jump from trash to treasure. Artisan Rich Moorhead's Art of Board is set for expansion to meet a growing demand for his wildly popular skateboard art.


Radnor's Community Energy Leads, Supplies Alternative Energy Market

The company that was a forerunner in wind energy development in Pennsylvania has taken a different path to success and is now ready to apply those principles to solar projects throughout the region.


Search No More: PA Companies Lead Online Marketing Revolution

Finding help to ensure others find you online is as easy as a click. Internet marketing companies like Solid Cactus in Wilkes-Barre and WebpageFX in Carlisle are among the leaders in search engine optimization and related services for businesses small and large across Pennsylvania.


Q&A: Andy Rumbold, Wash Tyme

This Bucks County startup maker of all-natural soaps may also have a degreaser that can help clean wildlife affected by the massive Gulf Coast oil spill, and the best part is it's a natural byproduct of used vegetable oil.


When Scientists Become Entrepreneurs

The No. 2-ranked life sciences hub in the nation, Greater Philadelphia has overcome big pharma's job losses thanks to a growing number of entrepreneurial scientists either forced or compelled to go it alone.


Campaign Trails Lead Jobseekers to Opportunity

Electing politicians is big business in Pennsylvania. Fewer donations mean campaigns are working overtime and those aspiring to careers in politics must be passionate and wear many hats.


Q&A: Jiddu Tapia, Gamesa

The wind energy giant's latest addition is charged with developing its operations in Pennsylvania and beyond, including the deployment of its new G-90 turbines, which can each power more than 500 homes.


Disc Golf Catches on All Over Pennsylvania

It is attracting all kind of players, protecting open space and providing potential revenue streams for the recreation industry, and PA has helped spread the sport up and down the East Coast.


Q&A: Dan Schimmel, Breadboard

Art and technology are increasingly becoming intertwined as new media creates new possibilities, and this longtime painter is helping showcase the most exciting what-ifs at the University City Science Center.


A Distinctive Destination Built to Last

The rural-urban Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia has been honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as much for its past as its commitment to the future.


Villanova Firm Follows the Action Like No Other

With 10 patents, Ed Dougherty is one of Pennsylvania's most dynamic sports inventors, and his robotic WaveCam allows teams to capture video from every conceivable angle.


Networking Springs Fountains of Youth

As our workforce and cities change, the race is on to attract young, well-educated and entrepreneurial workers. Pennsylvania has a number of groups leading that charge and they are strengthening local economies.


The 21st Century Lumberjacks

Talk about seeing the forest for the trees. Wayne's Finite Carbon is working on a national scale in the emerging carbon credits market, while aiming to keep investments and job creation local.


Q&A: William Stewart, Climate of Uncertainty

What started with a daughter's question resulted in a 192-page effort to distill one of humanity's greatest dilemmas into a core series of questions and answers that block out political posturing. Philly attorney William Stewart's new book could be exactly what global warming needed.


The Foodie House Party: Spinal Tapas Rocks Philly

They're more than just the house band at the local commercial kitchen; Tim McGinnis and Brian McManus are culinary rockers offering up a different kind of dinner experience for foodies in Philadelphia.


Messengers of Capital Deliver on Entrepreneurs' Dreams

The annual Angel Venture Fair in Philadelphia has selected its finalists, among the region's brightest early-stage companies, in a process as comprehensive as it is valuable.


Hungry? Click Here

Call it Foodie 2.0. Online food service is a growing industry in PA, and the goal is to deliver fresh, local food fast to homes and businesses alike across the Commonwealth.


Communities Come Alive at Destination Hotels

Lancaster Arts Hotel and James Gettys Hotel are turning community synergy into hospitality, connecting visitors with more than just a bed and free breakfast, and creating the beginnings of a tourism boom.


Q&A: Dan and Denise Marcolina, Marcolina Design

These early adopters of Photoshop have earned attention for pushing the software's capabilities to its limits, and were tapped by Adobe recently to develop a presentation for Photoshop's 20th anniversary.


Spectacle: Philadelphia Flower Show

It raises $1 million for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's urban greening program and thanks to the likes of Moda Botanica, we can imagine a different kind of concrete jungle taking root in our cities. We got an early peek at the show's highlights.


Waiting on the rail in Scranton

While other projects in PA have received stimulus dollars and the promise of jobs, the Electric City hopes for a reconnection with NYC and cutting-edge Maglev demonstrates its speed in Western PA.


Philly's Ship Comes in at the Navy Yard

The historically diverse corporate campus is home to the unique, the untested and the unexpected. From Urban Outfitters to Heliosphera, companies are enjoying life on the 1,200-acre peninsula.


Q&A: Drew Becher, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

At 40, he has already earned the trust and respect of the likes of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Bette Midler. Now the passionate Ohio native is hoping to bring technology and a deft greening touch to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.


Bridging Nano Commercialization's Valley of Death

The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center is helping ideas survive with funding, resources and talent throughout the state, creating innovation that would otherwise wither away.


Q&A: Slavko Milekic, University of the Arts

The medical doctor and professor from the former Yugoslavia is an innovator in cognitive science and is developing an eye-tracking webcam that will make the iPhone seem so 2007.


Q&A: Valerie Gaydos, Private Investors Forum

She wants entrepreneurs to believe in angels and government to pay attention to the real and unique payback that angel investors can provide. That payback will be on display along with the hopes of 30 companies at the upcoming Angel Venture Fair.


Welcome to Bike-a-delphia

The City of Brotherly Love is home to an increasing number of two-wheeling, fossil fuel reducing, gas-money saving, good-time having, ecological footprint-reducing bicycle evangelists.


The Future of Coal in PA: Cleaner or Leaner

The state’s once dominant coal industry looks to reinvent itself and become more viable as alternative energy gains momentum.


Spectacle: The 94th annual PA Farm Show

For those seeking a heaping slice of Pennsylvania, the annual PA Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural event in the country, serves it up. This year’s show, the 94th annual edition, ran from Jan. 9-16 at the sprawling Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.


PA has Rx for modernizing healthcare communications

It took 40 years for the telephone to find its place in a doctor's office. Email hasn't taken that long, and Pittsburgh pediatrician Paul Rosen is among many throughout PA who are working to modernize communications in healthcare, with or without reform.


Higher Ed Moves to Front of the Class in PA

Various studies indicate higher education impacts PA to the tune of tens of billions of dollars every year. We found the industry continues to evolve across the state in ways as varied as the institutions themselves in our higher education progress report.


Q&A: Rick Hirsh, Fastech Integrated Solutions

With two recent acquisitions, this IT solutions company in Delaware County is positioned to expand its revenues and stature as an integrator of its customers' technologies, and its CEO is on the hunt for more deals.


Blobs, Bars and Camps: Engaging Entrepreneurs

Info-sharing forums for entrepreneurs have become the latest start-up trend. Philly Startup Leaders has revved up the growth of ideas and resources throughout the state.


Spectacle: The Year in Pictures

With vast natural beauty and historic cities and towns, PA makes for pretty fertile ground for photographers. Our shooters captured some of the state's finest visions in the last year, gift-wrapped in this holiday slideshow.


2009 In Review: Top 10 Companies

From Hegins to Hershey and hydrogen to healthcare, our list of PA's most compelling companies is as diverse as it is promising. They not only survived the recession, they thrived.


Guest Commentary: John Sider, Deputy Secretary of Technology Investment for PA DCED

A year of challenges brought out our best, and PA seems positioned for a competitive future focused on renewable energy and a more efficient private industry and government.


Q&A Catherine Cook, myYearbook

A successful entrepreneur by the time she was a high school junior, Catherine Cook is a driving force behind the wildly popular social networking site for teens she founded with her older brothers, myYearbook, which is changing the landscape of social networking.


2009 in Review: Movers and Shakers

Innovators, game-changers and risk-takers make up our list of the year's most interesting and successful story subjects, from downtown York to Greater Scranton and from video games to medical school.


Spectacle: The Year in Green

With apologies to Kermit, it is easy being green in Pennsylvania, where our photographers chronicled the rapid development of green technology, companies and products throughout 2009.


Eating Without Wheat

Gluten-free dining options and resources are becoming more available throughout the state thanks to a growing awareness of celiac disease and some enterprising citizens and restaurant owners.


Spectacle: Pie in the Sky

Cafe Estelle chef/owner Marshall Green is earning a reputation for his innovative takes on classic brunch fare at his Northern Liberties eatery in Philadelphia, and reveals his secrets to baking the perfect holiday pie.


Q&A: Doug Alexander, Internet Capital Group

The Wayne-based venture capital company president has played a major role in his firm's growth and will share his lessons with aspiring entrepreneurs at today's Founder Factory event at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.


Eastern PA's Hydrogen Hub Generating Reactions

From AlumiFuel in Philadelphia to Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, the region is earning a reputation for harnessing hydrogen's power. The tough part is convincing others it's safe and viable.


Philly's Prohibitive Favorite

Village Whiskey, the latest offering from Philadelphia's hottest restaurateur Jose Garces, is indicative of the burgeoning downtown restaurant scene and the expanding foodie culture's love of nostalgia.


Q&A: Stephen Tang, University City Science Center

The University City Science Center in Philadelphia is a well-established, growing conduit for innovation, and its president is in the center of a swirl of ideas, hopes, and many successes.


Technology Pushes 'Young-Raising' on Non-Profits

The Academy of Science recently appointed 34 year-old Amy Miller Marvin as its VP of Institutional Advancement,  signaling a new, younger and more tech-saavy direction for the old museum, the city, and fundraising profession.


Science's Rah-Rah Gal: Philly's Darlene Cavalier Cheers for Discovery

A former 76ers cheerleader has taken up the cause for promoting science education among adults, and she is turning the old beauty vs. brains debate into a full-blown marketing campaign.


Spectacle: So Re Fa Fashion Show

The best part about eco-fashion is it's more affordable than other green products and it can look as good as it feels. Philadelphia's So Re Fa fashion show, presented by Arcadia Boutique, strutted out the latest in green fashions.


Renegade Urban Farmer Putting Philly Flower Design on the Map

Kentucky-born Bailey Hale has brought chickens, bees, crops and cutting edge, European-influenced floral design to Center City Philadelphia. Just don't tell anyone about the chickens.


Light of the Times: Kay and Sons, Lutron Join Forces

Kay and Sons and Lutron have seen the light. The successful Southeastern Pa. lighting companies with storied histories have teamed up to meet the changing needs of their customers.


Q&A: Karina Bradley, Dealer Synergy

Model, singer, and entrepreneur--Karina Bradley wears all three tags loud and proud. With a penchant for digital marketing, this Philadelphia go-getter is building her company, Dealer Synergy, and her own personal brand into blockbuster hits.


Collaboration Puts Philly Ahead of Creative Curve

The same collaborative spirit Ben Franklin used to transform the city nearly 300 years ago is thriving once again in Philadelphia, where a growing group of creatives are shaping the new economy.


Hacker Haven: Far McKon Makes It

Far McKon has hacked his way to the forefront of Philadelphia's maker scene in less than two years, and anyone who has longed to do it themselves is better off for it. The upstate New York native founded The Hacktory and Hive76, two thriving hacker/maker communities.


In the Company of Coasters

Pennsylvania has quietly become the wooden roller coaster capital of the world, and several companies have been successful in building their business on the loops and thrills of amusements. 


Sealing the Leak: Philly Weathers Labor Storms with Energy-Saving Jobs

When cracks and leaks finally began to show in Philadelphia's job market, the city went after stimulus funds to create thousands of jobs through weatherization programs. As a result, thousands of rowhomes use energy more efficiently.


Spectacle: Creative Entrepreneurs of Philly, part II

Philadelphia is fertile ground for young entrepreneurs, who are staking their claim on popular culture. Check out our slideshow, the second in a reoccurring series of young creatives across the Commonwealth who have opened up shop for themselves.


From Arts to Industry: Reviving Downtowns Through Investment in the Arts

In Phoenixville, arts and entertainment have put the city's downtown on centerstage and spurred development. Increasingly, cities across the state are recognizing the arts as an economic driver that can spark revitalization and draw crowds back to downtowns.


Spectacle: Philly Folk Fest

The 48th Annual Philadelphia Folk Fest descended on Schwenksville last week along with thousands of attendees and big-time bands like The Decemberists, Iron and Wine, Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, The Del McCoury Band and a host of homegrown Pennsylvania groups.


Culinary Incubator in West Philadelphia to Cook Up a Batch of Entrepreneurs

A planned culinary incubator in West Philadelphia is looking to produce successful food entrepreneurs with a new recipe that includes economic and community development.


Spectacle: Eating Across East Passyunk Ave.

Philadelphia's hottest new dining district is on East Passyunk Avenue. The old standbys like Marra's and Lucio J. Mancuso & Son are thriving alongside newcomers like Izumi, the area's only place for sushi, Capogiro Gelato and a handful of new places slated to open in September. Here's a walk-through.


Bellyfull: Philly's Passyunk Avenue

A tradition of great Italian dining, popular taverns and a recent influx of young creatives have established a vibrant dining scene in Philadelphia's oldest commercial district. New and old are melding on the Avenue to form an intriguing new South Philly destination.


Handmade in PA Pulls Artisans Together Online

Social networking, online stores and marketing methods of the future are coming in handy for hundreds of Pennsylvania artists and crafters who make their wares the old-fashioned way--by hand.


Philadelphia Non-Profit Leader's Approach Nourishes Region

Bill Clark has a knack for innovation that works. After a successful career as a food industry executive, he founded Philabunance eight years ago and has grown it into one of the region's top nonprofits.


Q&A: Jerry Greiner of Arcadia University

A billboard that greets thousands of eyes every day next to 30th Street Station, near heart of the University City section of Philadelphia, announces Arcadia University, located 12 miles away in the suburb of Glenside, as the nation's preeminent study abroad school.


The Neo-Agrarians: Small-scale Farming, Large-scale Economic Impact

Small-scale urban farming is gaining popularity in Commonwealth cities as attitudes change about where we get our food. As urban agriculture catches on, groups like SPIN-Farming look to recast farming as a small business for entrepreneurs in cities and suburbs.


Q&A: Steve Miller of Exit Philadelphia Skateboard Supply

We talked with Exit skate shop's Steve Miller about the transformation of Pop's Playground, a near-derelict park in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood that has been rebuilt as a skatepark and celebrates its grand re-opening Saturday, July 25.


Q&A: Don Miller, aka NO CARRIER

Remember the music from your original Nintendo games? That decades-old digital music is finding new life in the form of chiptunes. We spoke with Philadelphia-based chiptune artist Don Miller, aka NO CARRIER, about the burgeoning 8-bit music scene in Philly.


Evolving Innovation: Research Parks As the Next Generation of Business Incubators

Amid the picturesque fields of Central Pennsylvania, the Hershey Center for Applied Research is emerging as a new, hi-tech model for business incubation and acceleration. Just don't call it a business incubator.


Titans Clash in Philly: the Battle Between Comcast and Verizon Heats Up

Comcast and Verizon have been trading blows in Philadelphia for a while--vying for hearts, minds and subscriptions. But last month, Verizon sent Comcast a cease and desist order, claiming the cable giant's attack ads were illegal. But neither company is backing down, which might be good for Philly customers.


Q&A: Mark Basla, DVIRC

The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center hosted the state's first manufacturing summit on sustainability June 24. We spoke with the DVIRC's Mark Basla about how local manufacturers can get a leg up by being more efficient.


Spectacle: Bistro 7 and the Beet Salad

Michael O'Halloran, head chef and owner of Bistro 7 in Philadelphia's Old City, shows Keystone Edge how to make his sumptuous beet terrine salad. O'Halloran plans to offer the bold flavors of Hong Kong street food at his new restaurant, Kong, opening in July in Philly's Northern Liberties.


AnySource Media is About to Cram the Internet into Your TV

AnySource Media CEO Mike Harris wants to bring Internet video to HDTV, and his Malvern-based startup has built a software platform that does just that. What's more, his company has a revenue model that might just make the venture profitable.


Q&A: Chad Ludeman and Nic Darling of Postgreen

We sat down with the guys behind the highly acclaimed 100K House to find out about their company's next project, which is to build even more energy efficient homes than before--with a wider selection of design options.


Out of the Classroom, into the Market: The Growing Business of Tech Transfer

As research universities across the Commonwealth focus more resources on innovation and industries, they're getting savvy about how to turn laboratory and classroom ideas into cutting-edge technology companies.


Going For It: Bootstrapping Booms in Philadelphia

Unlikely as it might seem, startup companies continue to crop up across southeastern Pennsylvania. As larger companies drop talent to cut costs, networks of entrepreneurs are forming dynamic communities and fueling a surge of small startups in the region.


Spectacle: Creative Entrepreneurs of Philly

Philadelphia is fertile ground for young entrepreneurs, who are staking their claim on popular culture. Check out our slideshow, the first in what will be a reoccurring series of a young creatives across the Commonwealth who have opened up shop for themselves.


The Millionaire Boys Club

The story of Malvern-based Xoxide is that rare tale of three high school computer whizzes making millions; it is a tale of computer shells, tachometers, blow driers, bird cages, and after-market Ford Mustang parts.


Community in Competition: Philly's Design Industry Grows Up

The American Institute of Graphic Arts helped launch the First Annual Philadelphia Design Awards this spring, pushing the city's dynamic design community one step closer toward its rightful place in the sun.


Q&A: George Jensen, CEO of USA Technologies

As CEO and founder of Malvern-based USA Technologies, George Jensen has overseen huge profits for the company in the last few years. Last June, USA Technologies reported $16 million in revenue--$7 million more than fiscal 2007. We spoke with Jensen about his company's remarkable growth, its leadership in the industry, and how technology is changing the way consumers make purchases.


Here Comes the Sun: Solar States Embarks on a New Power Company Model

On the rooftop of the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia, a small startup called Solar States is quietly establishing a business model for a new kind of power company.


Spectacle: 9th Street Italian Market Festival

One of the hallmarks of springtime in Philly is the 9th Street Italian Market Festival: two days of food, music and tons of people packed into the city's famed 9th Street Italian Market. Check out our slideshow of the market and try to make it out to the festival this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.


Northern Exposure: Philly's River Ward Restaurant Week

From May 1 to May 6, restaurants throughout Philadelphia's river ward put their best dishes forward for the area's first-ever Restaurant Week--as sure a sign as any that these post-industrial neighborhoods are on the rise.


Stimulus Breakdown: Where the Money's Going

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has begun sending funds to America's most troubled cities. Interest in how tax dollars are being spent is high, so we thought we should let you know where Pennsylvania's sizable piece of the funding pie is going to end up. Here's a look at three large funding recipients--and what they plan to do with your money.


Spectacle: Philly Roller Girls

In case you don't know, The Philly Roller Girls is a skater-owned and operated all-girl roller derby league that brought roller derby back to Philadelphia in 2005. The roller girls are a site to see; check out our slideshow of their match on March 7.


The Hollywood Experiment: Film Industry Quietly Sets Up Shop in Pennsylvania

By offering incentives for TV and film production companies to shoot in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth has helped create a nascent industry--and a workforce to sustain it. But if the incentives dry up amid a tight state budget, will it be a wrap for the film industry in PA?


Q&A: Jim Cecere, Philly Startup Leaders and The Entrepreneur Expo

Next week, Philly Startup Leaders will host The Entrepreneur Expo, at which some 40 local entrepreneurs will exhibit their startups and a handful will give presentations. We spoke with one of the expo organizers, Jim Cecere--who is also a Philly entrepreneur in the process of launching an asset management firm--about the state of the startup community in Philadelphia and why it's thriving even amid tough economic times.


Millennials on the Move: The Next Generation of Pennsylvania's Workforce

In 15 years, Generation Y, or 'Millennials,' will dominate the workforce in PA and nationwide. What do they want from potential employers, and how will they need to deal with a reeling economy today? Some Bethlehem groups are trying to sort it out.


The Color of Cash: For Eco-Entrepreneur Charlie Szoradi, 'Going Green' Means Saving Money

These days, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Charlie Szoradi has been doing just that for decades through sustainable design projects and a 'green message' that everyone can get behind.


Q&A: Jill Kowalski, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Jill Kowalski and the DVGBC are in the business of greening up the building industry, and business is good. We spoke with Jill about how standard practices are changing among designers and developers, and why they seem to be changing so quickly.


Spectacle: Beer Week Slideshow!

Beer Week rages on in Philly, with America's number one beer-drinking city making the most of it (espresso stout on DRAFT!?). Beer events and specials are literally everywhere you turn, and Keystone Edge has been keeping an eye on the festivities. Here's what we've seen so far...


The weeHouse and the not-so-weeHouse: A Community Explores Modular, Green Design in Kensington

In the past year, building innovations have provided Philadelphia with a number of affordable and sustainable homes. Could a new prefab design--the weeHouse--bring affordable green homes to Kensington?


Philly Beer Week Throws Down

An inflatable-suit sumo wrestling match, beer-themed burlesque, morning bikerides to brewpubs and other unusual events will mark Philly's annual Beer Week beginning Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15. Keystone Edge has a rousing preview and picks.


Spectacle: 'Bella Italia' at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show

One sure way to beat the late winter doldrums is by going to the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show, 'Bella Italia,' which runs through March 8. If you can't make it in person, do the next best thing and check out our awesome slideshow.


Rethinking Office Space: A Different Way to Work

Across Pennsylvania, companies that rely on creativity are crafting new kinds of work environments--and in the process reshaping the way employees think and work


Q&A: Inaugural Twestivals

On Thursday night, Twitterers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will join Twitterers on every continent, in more than 100 cities worldwide, in a massive "Twestival."


Spectacle: Chinese New Year in Philly

Philly's Chinatown came alive with dragons and drums and fireworks recently to ring in the Year of the Ox. The 2009 Chinese New Year began on Jan. 26, and Keystone Edge was there for some of the fanfare. They say the Ox is a sign of prosperity. Here's to the Ox.


Rye Me a River

On the heels of Philadelphia's beer renaissance, a few bars are finding success in classic cocktail culture and pre-Prohibition mixology--and helping to redefine Philly's fast-fading shot-and-beer image.


Living Spaces, Philadelphia: Outside the Old, Inside the New

The ubiquity of Philadelphia's historic rowhomes belies a city teeming with 21st-century architecture. Design firms and architects are toying with time in neighborhoods like Old City and Society Hill, where innovation is unfolding behind classic brick facades.


Q&A: Kelly Lee of Innovation Philadelphia

Philadelphia's creative economy is strong and growing. To get a better sense of how the city's creative class is an economic driver and how the region can tap into it, we talked with Kelly Lee, executive VP of Innovation Philadelphia.


The New Distillers: A Pair of Startups Help Reestablish a PA Industry Dormant Since Prohibition

Two teams of entrepreneurs at opposite ends of the Commonwealth have revived one of Pennsylvania's oldest industries--distilling--and are producing premium products for niche markets.


Burning the Ships at the Shore: A Young Entrepreneur's Success in--get this--the Housing Market

When Scranton native Tim O'Brien decided to go to work for himself in the real estate business, he did his homework. Four years and a national mortgage crisis later, the 25-year-old is still in the game, and gaining ground.


Spectacle: 2009 Mummers Parade Slideshow

No city rings in the New Year quite like Philadelphia. The Mummers Parade, certainly one of the most bizarre folk traditions in the country, lit up Broad Street on New Year's Day in a swirling mass of string bands, colorful costumes, and beer.


Leading Ventures Keep Their Cool

In an uncertain economy, top VC firms in Pennsylvania are sticking to what they know works best: software and information technology companies with solid business models and well-laid plans for growth.


Philly's American Commerce Center: Looking Beyond the Credit Crunch

With credit markets frozen and the economy in recession, it might seem like the proposed 1,500-foot American Commerce Center in Philadelphia will need a series of miracles to survive. But the mixed-use behemoth has already managed to get the zoning approvals it needs from City Council, and also reportedly has hefty financial backing. Against the odds, plans are moving forward. All it needs now is a small miracle.


The New Downtowns: Renaissance in the Long Run

Cities across the Commonwealth are working hard to re-make their downtowns in the hope that a thriving center of mixed-use developments and cultural amenities is the key to a sustainable future.


Going to Work Playing Games

In terms of annual revenue, which is expected to top $57 billion next year, video games are the new Hollywood. So shouldn't game developers get the same incentives to do business here that filmmakers do?


Enterprising Spirits, Part II: Craft Breweries and the Future of Beer Distribution in PA

Pennsylvania's $7 billion brewing industry abounds with successful craft brewers--entrepreneurs who have steadily grown their businesses in the face of huge challenges. The next huge challenge: Looming changes to the way beer is sold in the Commonwealth.


The 100K House: How a Philly Startup is Trying to Change the Green Housing Industry

About four years ago, Chad Ludeman and his wife Courtney bought a house and spent two years and their life savings working to restore and rehabilitate it. Then on Memorial Day 2006 Chad came home from his engineering job and told his wife he wanted to sell their house, quit his job, and build an affordable "green" house, proving to the world that you don't have to be wealthy to build and live green.


Downtown on the Farm: An Agricultural Renaissance Takes Root in PA

Is urban agriculture the future of sustainable urban living? Farmers markets and community gardens are multiplying across the Commonwealth as more people choose to buy locally produced food--or grow their own.


Fishing Where the Fish Are: Scott Ungerer and the Cleantech Revolution

Scott Ungerer, founder of EnterTech Capital in 1996, has long known what the rest of us are just realizing: eventually we'll have to quit the hydrocarbon economy for something else.


Burning Off the Fat: Philadelphia Fry-O-Diesel Makes Biofuel From Useless Sludge

How a small startup working out of a makeshift lab in North Philadelphia is aiming to transform the biodiesel industry--and the way we think about alternative fuels.


Urban Renewal and The Promise Of PA's Brownfields

As Pennsylvania communities become increasingly engaged with development projects, they are beginning to grapple with the question of brownfield redevelopment--and are making their voices heard.

Alex Hillman

Free Agent Nation

Web designers, reporters, and a host of other professionals in Pennsylvania are shrugging off allegiance to a single company and striking out on their own as freelancers. The result is a new way of working, marked by an intensely creative entrepreneurial spirit.
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