01/31/2023
$500 microgrants from Penn State’s Lion Launchpad make all the difference to budding entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Photo: Provided. Management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it” and Penn State, through its Lion LaunchPad Microgrant Program, is helping students take charge of their futures by offering seed money to help them jumpstart their entrepreneurial dreams. Starting a business and sticking […]

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01/31/2023
Penn State’s AIMI ushers in Industry 5.0 with a bold vision for the future

By Caryn Anderson AIMI connects you with Penn State. Photo: Provided. Penn State’s Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI), which launched on June 30, 2022, has a complex, multifaceted goal. In part, AIMI aims to help small and medium manufacturers (SMMs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) get the […]

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01/31/2023
Outdoor recreation added nearly $14 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy in 2021. Here’s what that means for Happy Valley

By Cara Aungst Nathan Reigner is Pennsylvania’s first director of outdoor recreation. Photo: Provided. In November, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, accounting for 152,000 jobs, and 1.6% of the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product. It reported that Pennsylvania has the sixth-largest outdoor recreation economy […]

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01/24/2023
How the Moshannon Valley turned economic disaster into multi-million dollar success

By Holly Riddle Photo: Provided. Just a short drive from Penn State’s University Park campus, the greater Moshannon Valley region welcomes visitors with its expansive and beautiful natural landscape and charming small towns like the region’s heart of activity, Philipsburg. However, for the average traveler with no business ties, Moshannon Valley may still just be […]

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01/24/2023
Bellefonte’s SpringBoard set for expansion

By David Rockower Springboard, which opened in 2017 as an incubator and coworking space, is moving to The Lofts in downtown Bellefonte. Photo: Ellen Matis. With its local breweries, boutiques and cafes, the vibe in downtown Bellefonte is one of revitalization and change. Just a short drive from State College, Bellefonte continues to develop its […]

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01/24/2023
Americans are starting new businesses at record rates, and Pennsylvania is one of the best places to do it

By Cara Aungst Photo: PA.gov. Over Christmas break, a friend messaged me. As a fellow Happy Valley news junkie, he’s always good for sending on local and business headlines with “Have you seen this?!” commentary. “Not good news,” he said about the just-released report that says Pennsylvania was one of the most “moved-out-of” states this […]

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