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If you want to work in tv and movies or build arena-ready concert sets, you can do it right here in the Commonwealth. The Pittsburgh Film Office and Rock Lititz are drawing global talent and building homegrown workforces, setting the state up to be a leader in these exciting creative fields.
As they navigate an increasingly digital world — and weather a pandemic — Pennsylvania's libraries have adapted, giving their patrons the tools and the space to thrive. From game nights to public art to high-tech tools, they're ready for a new era.
For years, factories and mills anchored PA communities large and small. The question of what to do with these beautiful, historic buildings is an essential one, and there is no single answer. In Johnstown, metalwork has returned to a shuttered steel facility, while in the Poconos, a new generation of residents are setting up laptops and sipping lattes in an old silk mill.
The economics didn't work for the private sector, but the value of renovating this historic structure in the heart of the borough goes far beyond the spreadsheet. A coalition of local partners and an army of volunteers are getting it done, one brick at a time.
Communities across the state are using food production and food culture to connect people to their shared humanity. From an urban agriculture/arts mashup in Philadelphia, to a video series spotlighting traditional dishes in Central PA, to a bucolic theater venue on the Delaware River, Pennsylvanians are cooking up change.
A group of artists has transformed an organic farm in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania into a community hub and performance space, welcoming visitors for workshops, live theater, and lessons about climate change.
Two innovative companies emerged victorious from the pitch competition, earning an infusion of cash to build their businesses. The winners represent very different sectors, demonstrating the dynamicism of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.