12/05/2023
Penn State’s total research expenditures reach a record high in 22-23

By Staff Writer  Penn State recently announced that its total research expenditures increased 14% to a record high of $1.239 billion in 2022-23, driven by a $98 million jump in federal funding. All of Penn State’s academic units reported increases in research funding with the Applied Research Laboratory leading the way with an increase of […]

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12/05/2023
Living up to Happy Valley’s growing reputation

By Staff Writer On December 4, Forbes hailed Happy Valley’s strong networks—among them the Downtown State College Improvement District, the CBICC, the Penn State Small Business Development Center, and Invent Penn State—for creating an environment that supports small businesses and entrepreneurs. The article gives a nod to Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2023 alumnus […]

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12/05/2023
Building a high-growth, high-performance bank

By Holly Riddle  “When you talk about a real, true, community bank based in Central Pennsylvania, you can’t replicate this story,” said John “Jack” M. Infield, President of Centre 1st Bank, in a recent conversation with Happy Valley Industry. Infield, born and raised in State College, has been involved in banking for more than four […]

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11/28/2023
Unleash Your Business Potential: The Power of Authentic Storytelling

By Erik Evans In an article from the Harvard Business Review Titled Storytelling that Moves People, “Most executives struggle to communicate, let alone inspire. Too often, they get lost in the accoutrements of company speak: PowerPoint slides, dry memos, and hyperbolic missives from the corporate communications departments. Even the most carefully researched and considered efforts […]

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11/27/2023
Happy Valley professionals weigh in on using AI

By Holly Riddle  AI is everywhere in the news recently. Lawsuits worry over the impacts of AI. AI firms face inner-fighting and drama that makes headlines. Governments around the world are putting AI safeguards in place. No matter your industry, you can’t escape it. However, while AI may seem like a brand-new, potentially scary step […]

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11/21/2023
Penn State funding passes with no increase in general support appropriations

By Staff Writer Last Thursday, November 17, Governor Josh Shapiro signed the approved appropriations bill to fund Penn State and other state-related universities. Despite advocacy efforts that Penn State described as its ‘best overall advocacy year ever,’ noting 35,000 advocacy actions taken throughout the budget process, the university will not see an increase in its […]

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