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.
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.
At a recent event, the Job Opportunity Investment Network announced an ambitious grant program to promote innovation in the workforce development space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether they're solving an energy-efficiency problem, democratizing wind power or developing mobile solar solutions, these PA entrepreneurs are turning sustainability into success.
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.
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?
Colleges and universities across Pennsylvania are developing innovative ways to foster entrepreneurship and cultivate the next generation of startup leaders.
This powerful organization continues to boost the regional economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At last friday's showcase of 'ideas worth sharing,' speakers touched on education, development, access and modern manufacturing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seed Accelerator Rankings were released at this year's SXSW, and a couple of Keystone State all-stars were recognized.
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.
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.
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.
With $125,000 and a shiny new title, Nick Elmi chose Passyunk Square for his new restaurant Laurel, a cozy BYOB.
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.
This organization continues to advocate for historic architecture across the state.
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.
City planners, residents and local businesses all claim to share a vision for this promising thoroughfare -- so why is change so slow?
Southwest Philadelphia preps for a big boost from a proposed greenway along the river; PIDC has issued an RFP.
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.
Thanks a Knight Arts Challenge grant, cyclists will have interesting new places to lock up.
The largest private development project in PA history will not only be very tall, it will also redefine the modern office tower.
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.
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.
What will this big news mean for an essential piece of Philly real estate? And can an envisioned seasonal Arts Market move forward?
As we shuffle off for our two-week holiday break, our managing editor says goodbye as he transitions from covering entrepreneurs to becoming one.
The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneurs who are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots.
This new real estate development combines slick design with green architecture, affordability.
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.
A team from Temple is capturing a neighborhood's collective memory, and planning for a lot's post-demolition future.
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.
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.
University City is the beating heart of Philadelphia's vast entrepreneurial ecosystem, and it's only getting stronger.
A conversation with Philadelphia's elder statesman of entrepreneurship -- and one of the city's greatest cheerleaders.
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.
A $384,000 grant from the state's Discovered and Developed in PA program highlighted the second Grassroots Game Conference.
A devastating fire -- and bungled demolition -- led to tough times for a West Philly greasy spoon. Then the neighborhood got involved.
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.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are among the leaders of public art's rise as a powerful community-building tool.
Friday's closing reception marked an unlikely but artfully powerful way to engage middle-school girls in STEM.
See how social media, technology and entrepreneurship are transforming media.
The 9th DesignPhiladelphia festival runs October 10-18, with 120 events emphasizing why design matters.
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.
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.
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.
One of Philadelphia's most important cultural events is happening again this month. This will help you make the most of it.
A $15 million plan would include up to 200 bicycle stations and 2,000 bicycles.
The first incubator in the country to take root within a traditional media company gears up for a new class of startups.
Take in the late summer magic at this temporary space on Broad Street.
This in-school initiative created by the University City Science Center's art outreach program, Breadboard, engages young women in STEM.
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.
The company formerly known as AppRenaissance expects to hire 15 in the next two years.
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.
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.
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.
A recent panel discussion asked successful entrepreneurs to examine their reasons for locating locally. Their insights could help Philadelphia attract the next big company.
More than 100 partners are rolling out a first-of-its-kind exposition from Sept. 15-Nov. 1.
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.
From geothermal to composting systems, these four winemakers are growing PA's wine industry while treading lightly on the land and resources.
Sustainable housing is one of the few weaknesses in Philly's "greenest city" aspirations, but these three projects could change all that.
Entrepreneurs in cities across the country are pedaling toward profits and spreading the gospel of bicycle.
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.
When the Spectrum Community Health Center opens in July, it will dramatically increase access to health care in its West Philly neighborhood.
Philadelphia's fertile entrepreneurial environment has produced world class tech and science companies.
Building 661, a crumbling, long-forgotten structure, is being reborn as the Center for Building Energy Science.
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 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.
"I Love My Science Job" hopes to spark young people to pursue careers in life sciences, a vital element of Philadelphia's new economy.
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.
Love 'n Fresh Flowers' Jennie Love uses Pinterest and Facebook to grow her business and brighten up weddings throughout the region.
By studying taste and smell, local scientists hope to unlock keys to managing obesity, detecting disease, tracking genetic traits and managing trauma.
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.
Nearly 20 spaces are thriving, advising and specializing, and more communities are building as we speak.
Jordan Kellenbach's work centers on a bioinformatics study that could break new ground in predicting protein binding for drug therapy.
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.
Andy Clibanoff has led major enhancements to the company's products, e-commerce and marketing efforts.
Glass, straw bales and good old-fashioned PA steel help make these new buildings among the commonwealth's most impressive.
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.
The open-to-all high-tech workshop NextFab Studio has new digs with 3D printers, industrial textile machines and revolutionary software.
With its Master Plan update, the Navy Yard pushes the envelope on green development and stormwater management.
5AM Ventures recently led a $23M investment in a Radnor biotech firm. Principal Kush Parmar discusses the investment and PA's venture climate.
Marketing entrepreneur Ken Fink combines his loves for science, education and theater into a fast-moving, deep-diving interpretation of scientific explanations.
This fall, artist and curator Sean Stoops will invite the whole city to 'Animated Architecture,' an immersive 3D video installation series.
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.
A boutique publicist and a music producer from Philadelphia are working on a Grammys week fundraiser in Los Angeles.
These guys are transforming an industrial relic into loft living, a magnet for urban pioneers.
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.
When Judy Wicks and Drew Arata talk sustainability, people should listen. Their efforts in Philadelphia and Media, respectively, have had impacts beyond their region.
This Philadelphia tech maven's events make even techies-in-training feel comfortable.
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.
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.
From its perch in University City, Philadelphia, the Science Center continues to invent the future.
Two of the firm's affordable, energy efficient and mixed-use projects are coming to Frankford Ave.
Victoria Greene channels a mother's anguish into services for the families of homicide victims.
The state's biggest cheerleader for exports lauds new scholarships for small businesses to attend a trade mission to Brazil and Chile.
First Round Captial's innovative Dorm Room Fund gives a boost to student-run startups.
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 is a successful entrepreneur and activist who now heads TechGirlz, aimed at encouraging young women to pursue tech careers.
In Port Richmond, a former textile mill houses the region’s largest collection of artists, small manufacturers and entrepreneurs.
Philadelphia's Ray Gant is beautifying blighted neighborhoods one at a time. He's featured in a new book called "Everyday Heroes."
Real honey that reps the neighborhood from which it was produced is the tasty byproduct of Philadelphia beekeeping's rise and a smart collaboration.
A "transformational shift" will produce more exhibitions, more artworks and objects on display, and a direct link to "what's happening today."
Focused on adding value for the three startups housed with philly.com and Interstate General Media, this Virginia transplant is keeping busy.
Victory's $50 million investment in a new facility and PBC's new line of ciders kick off fall beer season with some excitement.
Lessons from the Rust Belt could come in handy as Philadelphia's proposed land banking bill attempts to balance opportunity with regulation.
A flower grower, organic salon, green roof and wall architect, PR agency and web development shop are raising Philly's sustainability bar.
The student-led company out of the Sustainability Workshop earned the Green Innovator title at the Clean Air Council's GreenFest this month.
It's evident that the momentum is building for Philadelphia to become a true hub for technology startups and innovative founders.
Search Church 'preacher' busts some myths, shares some secrets and unveils SEER's latest analytics division.
Launching a startup is hard enough, but Philadelphia is making a name for itself with entrepreneurs chasing the triple bottom line.
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.
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.
Ryan Kuck didn't intend to spread his love of community gardens, but organic growth has created more fresh food options in Belmont.
Museums, theaters and even cemeteries across the city have developed innovative social media tactics to stand out in a crowded space.
The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association hosted the biggest event in its young history, a roundup of close to 20 local food trucks.
Despite shrinking budgets and a surplus of fame-seeking artists, local studios stay ahead by staying on top of talent and being opportunistic.
The massive Innovation Center at Eagleview in Exton has its first tenant as collaborators look to grow biopharma's dominant presence here.
Philadelphia creative agency Mighty Engine's new product aims to make creating a website as easy as completing a sentence.
They're maximizing vertical space inside an old West Philly trolley manufacturing facility.
We scouted out young talent in Philadelphia who are engaged in transformative work and figure to be among the city's next leaders.
They're building banjos, walking on the trapeze and reclaiming cemeteries, and they all come here to get the tools they need.
A Villanova professor believes a personal brain-wave sample could help better determine the existence and severity of concussions.
The addition of David Groverman's Resellers Central Market to the 3900 block of Lancaster Ave. could mean big things for the corridor.
State College Borough is among those cashing in by keeping food out of the trash.
Our writer checks in with Siltbreeze, Relapse, Seclusiasis and Data Garden, among local labels adapting to the industry's changing landscape.
Separate apps developed by Bethlehem's Jason Lotito, whose son is autistic, promise to connect those with the disorder to their communities.
The cultural strategy and resource gurus at CultureWorks are seeking founding members for their 4,500 square foot space that will open in October.
Throughout the Commonwealth, higher education, government and private businesses are creating the future of global robotics.
Greg O'Loughlin grew up outside Philly and went to college at Pitt. He has already helped raise the bar at Keystone Edge.
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.
Utilizing free resources and unwavering determination, Jason Mercado is a kitchen inspection away from launching Just Cookies.
Cypher Prime, Final Form and Island Officials share their startup secrets in Philadelphia.
State senators introduced a bill that would legally recognize B Corps here, home to more socially responsible companies than anywhere but Calif.
Tubelr hit the streets during Philly Startup Weekend to learn how people want to share videos with friends.
Two hundred women convened for networking and learning on Saturday for this Philly Tech Week event, illustrating the local rise of women in technology.
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.
Across PA, advances in nanotechnology are developing devices that depend on particles many times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More companies choose to locate their operations in Pennsylvania, including natural gas players, farmers, major global brands and breweries.
The Penn-organized weekend hackathon set out to identify and solve real-world problems, many through text-based tech.
The new partnership will involve nearly 60 companies and 25 institutions in Southeastern PA, bolstering the area's emerging technology sector.
Growing arts scenes are making places like Scranton and Bethlehem more attractive destinations, part of a recipe for success.
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.
The record attendance was no coincidence: more startups are attracting more students and recent grads to stay in Philadelphia.
Local Code for America fellows led an impressive group of people who aim to hack a better Philly.
As funding challenges mount, area non-profits are utilizing techniques to attract, grow and retain one of its most important resources: people.
Federal grants leveraged with local funds are making homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient and putting efficiency contractors and sustainability designers to work.
The next phase of the long-term initiative in Greater Philadelphia taps into its true power, tackling infrastructure, education and business.
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.
Drexel is the latest school to partner with Zipcar, with two offices and hundreds of cars at universities and urban destinations statewide.
Daring entrepreneurs, a new incubator, region-wide support and higher ed are creating a new model for textile and apparel manufacturing.
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.
A psychology website ranks it so based on Google Trends and an assortment of keywords. Both its methodology and presentation are bogus.
Visitors from Western Europe, and increasingly India, China and elsewhere in Asia, are flocking here for history, conventions and shopping.
Developer, restaurateur, and community activist Ken Weinstein has helped transform Mt. Airy and nearby communities with a grassroots approach.
Shop online and local with a host of talented creators from Gettysburg to Pittston selling art, furniture, toys, jewelry and geekery.
Several groups supporting women in technology have sprouted up in the last year, all looking to increase accessibility, awareness and acumen.
In Philadelphia, we share rides and workspaces and 3D printers, to name a few. As the concept grows nationally, our region stands to gain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About one in five small businesses are run by husband-and-wife teams. Here's how two Pennsylvania couples make it work.
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.
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.
The new company looks to help small- and medium-sized pharma, biotech and medical device firms enter the fastest-growing market in the world.
Messiah College senior Sarah Hawkins' next step might be New York for grad school, but she has already received lots of attention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The future starts now for Philadelphia's startup community, which attempts to redefine itself and grow by nurturing its successes and new faces.
Everything you need to know about this year's event, which runs Sept. 2-17 throughout Philadelphia, including hotspots, extras and must-see performances.
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.
Legitimizing and streamlining online sweepstakes for both consumers and advertisers is the goal for this startup, which has drawn $500,000 in seed funding.
Pitch, design, collaborate and work. Designers, developers and would-be entrepreneurs came together for this hackathon at Independents Hall.
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.
Mark Group and Sun Run came from the U.K. and California, respectively, and are aiming to save Pennsylvanians money on their energy bills.
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.
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.
Companies like scvngr and Notehall have come and gone, but DreamIt Plus
will aim to keep its successful startup accelerator grads here.
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.
She's been an entrepreneur, fashion designer, community organizer,
political candidate, and author. Up next: a green co-working space in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Media-based business communications veteran Steve Bowman is downright surgical when it comes to examining and expressing a company's essence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center is helping ideas survive with funding, resources and talent throughout the state, creating innovation that would otherwise wither away.
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.
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.
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 state’s once dominant coal industry looks to reinvent itself and become more viable as alternative energy gains momentum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A planned culinary incubator in West Philadelphia is looking to produce successful food entrepreneurs with a new recipe that includes economic and community development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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
On Thursday night, Twitterers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will join
Twitterers on every continent, in more than 100 cities worldwide, in a
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.