Category: Community
Oct 11

Paths to Prosperity

In September, Reading hosted the 2017 PA Greenways and Trails Summit, an opportunity to celebrate and advocate for the state's growing network of trails. These assets not only help Pennsylvanians get out into nature, they also spur economic development in adjacent communities.

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Sep 13

In the Lehigh Valley, a $1.45 million windfall

Blight removal in Bethlehem, a redeveloped Allentown Metal Works, a master plan for the envisioned Da Vinci Science City in Easton, an expanded business incubator at Lehigh University – all these and more are moving forward thanks to new grants from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund.

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Jul 10

Community design centers help reshape the state

Development projects spearheaded by neighborhoods and nonprofits often need a boost when it comes to design and planning. Fortunately, institutions in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and State College make it their mission to spur thoughtful upgrades to the built environment.

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Mar 27

Preserving community character in the PA Wilds

A refreshed design guide and a big annual event will boost efforts to nurture place-based tourism and development in this scenic Pennsylvania region. Ed McMahon, a national expert on sustainable growth, headlines a April 27 banquet in DuBois.

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Feb 20

Jumpstarting development in Philly neighborhoods

A local real estate mogul has used a personal line of credit to fund over $2 million worth of loans to upstart entrepreneurs in Germantown. It's part of a holistic training program that encourages local residents to rehab homes and keeps dollars in the community. Now the idea is spreading.

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Feb 13

Coloring outside the lines in Perry County

An arts organization that began 37 years ago around a kitchen table now drives this rural region's thriving creative community. While programming, live music and tourist attractions draw visitors, a growing slate of small businesses reap the rewards. It's a promising synthesis of economic development and cultural enrichment.

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Jan 16

Bringing the Globe Store in downtown Scranton back to life

This shuttered institution -- long a locus of holiday cheer, school shopping and family meals -- will be transformed into the The Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe. It's a huge boon for the area, bringing 700 employees and thousands of visitors back downtown.

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