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.
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.
Last month, Keystone Edge traveled to the Susquehanna Valley, sparking conversation about talent attraction, engaging young professionals in regional economic development, and why the area is such a great place to live and work. Here's a bit about who attended and what they had to say.
In 2011, this city of more than 87,000 people and 28 parks had no active rec centers and zero playgrounds. But that was all about to change with the genesis of the Reading Recreation Commission, an organization that has flourished thanks to creative funding solutions, a whole lot of elbow grease, and one inspiring leader.