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Sep 29

Prism Episode 5: Pennsylvania's industrial heritage inspires its creative future

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.

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Feb 14

Finding and funding the next 'Big Idea'

Whether you're a gardener with an herbal remedy, a woodworker with a brilliant flooring solution, or a scientist with an accidental discovery, transforming an idea into a business is a major challenge. Fortunately, if you live in the PA Wilds, you don't have to do it alone — there is a wealth of funding and support, if you know where to look.

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Jan 18

A bookstore/café in Harrisburg breaks new ground

The city's first Black-owned coffee shop is led by an ambitious young entrepreneur who is already eyeing expansion and growing his wholesale bean business. He created Good Brotha's Book Café as a community gathering place for locals of all stripes. 

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Jan 18

Key Change Episode 10: Cheerleading for rural innovation

In the latest episode of our podcast series, we chatted with Ta Enos about returning to her hometown in the PA Wilds and dedicating her career to helping the region thrive, one business at a time. We've also got information on an exciting opportunity for local entrepreneurs.

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Nov 12

Circular Philadelphia reimagines the consumer economy

A circular economy would let us use, collect, sort, and recycle or repurpose everyday materials on a large scale, replacing the world of single-use items, from food containers to this season’s fashions to demolished buildings. A new nonprofit organization is tackling this "big, hairy, audacious goal."

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Oct 18

A historic mill is reborn in Altoona

Originally built over 130 years ago, this 100,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial space is set to welcome tenants and boost the local economy. The thoughtful and ambitious rehab was a team effort.

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