If you're looking for signs of growth and progress in Erie, it helps to have the right tour guide. Katrina Vincent is a young economic development professional with a powerhouse resume and a deep knowledge of the local business landscape. She's working hard to help companies stay in the region, create jobs, and flourish financially.
Founded by a former Penn State football player, Pledge It is a sport-based crowdfunding platform that ties athletic performance to fundraising for charity. The company is growing fast and has already raised over $10 million for causes around the world.
Sitting at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, this historic Pennsylvania city boasts an idyllic setting and a vibrant, walkable downtown. Jared Mast returned to the Lehigh Valley to play a role in his hometown's renaissance. For him, there is no typical day on the job.
Inspired by the 1940 York Plan, an initiative that boosted manufacturing during World War II, the York Plan 2.0 is a rethinking of the city's economy around robotics and a 240,000-square-foot innovation district.
The founder of Group K Diagnostics discovered that two-thirds of clinical decisions are based on lab results, yet a staggering 77 percent of abnormal results are never communicated to patients and seven percent are never even read by a healthcare provider. She set out to solve that problem.
Steve McKnight is part of a new generation of young professionals bringing fresh energy to the world of economic and community development. In this first installment of a new series, we follow him as he bikes around Blair County, forging connections and spreading the word about the region he loves.