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.
Hurricane Sandy was the push these two coffee experts needed to open their own shop, and Philadelphia was the right place. They recently added an off-site roastery, providing beans to both the cafe and other local businesses.
Nearly one million tons of avocado pits ends up in landfills every year. Persea, a State College startup, is killing two birds with one stone, diverting the pits and converting them into a healthy alternative to artificial colors.
While many of the Commonwealth’s large tableware manufacturers have moved production overseas, a vibrant community of craftspeople remain committed to creating functional one-of-a-kind plates, bowls, mugs, vases and more, inspired by everything from Japanese design to traditional German redware. This holiday season, set your table with a piece of Pennsylvania.
Lancaster's Reflexion offers a portable, rapid concussion test for amateur and school sports. The three founders are tackling a problem that impacts 50 million athletes across the country, and hoping to save lives in the process.
Filmmaker Zeke Zelker's innovative new project 'Billboard' tells its story via both a full-length feature — starring indie darling Heather Matarazzo and 'Dark Knight' star Eric Roberts — and a web series. One of the main characters is the Lehigh Valley setting, brought to life via a slate of iconic Pennsylvania products.
The organization's goal is to lead the region to a better economic future by growing early-stage companies, helping manufacturers achieve industry leadership, and promoting a favorable business environment.
When downsizing threatened the Letterkenny Army Depot, an essential institution in Franklin County, the community rallied. Determined not to lose a major employer without a fight, local economic development and county government officials sprang into action, making moves that are still paying dividends 20 years later.