Packed with assets both natural and historic, Columbia in Lancaster County is a town in transition, rebounding after decades of struggle. Local residents and organizations have put a fresh focus on recreation and infrastructure, revamping downtown, luring a brewpub, launching a new river trail, and spotlighting the town's inherent charm. The key to Columbia's future is also the source of its past prosperity: the Susquehanna River.
Nearly one million tons of avocado pits ends up in landfills every year. Persea, a State College startup, is killing two birds with one stone, diverting the pits and converting them into a healthy alternative to artificial colors.