The township driving Happy Valley's population growth

Amenity-rich new homes with scenic views are part of the appeal to new residents in Benner Township. Benner Township saw a 4.42% population increase between 2022 and 2023, leading Centre County’s 35 municipalities, and contributing to the county’s overall growth of 0.17%. A surge in residential and commercial developments is a key factor in the […]


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Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN): Fostering a spirit of community, innovation and collaboration

“Silicon Valley is more of a spirit than a place,” says Todd Erdley, the founder, chairman and president of Videon. “And that spirit is based on entrepreneurs coming together, sharing best practices, enabling great outcomes, spurring one another on and fostering a sense of community.” Erdley started the Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) about 10 years ago […]

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“Kudos to the Great Crazy Ideas that Change People’s Lives” - CREN Makes Magic with First Return Event

There’s something magical about meeting in person. Especially when it’s a meetup that includes “free beer, free food and free money,” as Todd Erdley puts it.  On August 5, Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) met up after a long COVID-induced hiatus. Gathering outside Ben Franklin Technology Partners(BFTP/CNP) offices in Innovation Park, over 100 entrepreneurs celebrated […]

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“A Hub for Innovators to Imagine and Pursue Ideas” Set Up Phospholutions for Growth & Expansion

“Something special is happening in Happy Valley,” Hunter Swisher, founder and CEO of Phospholutions, says. “Since the inception of Invent PSU, and thanks to the numerous members of the community that [prior to Invent PSU] were engaging and supporting startups, State College has now become a hub for innovators to imagine and pursue their ideas,” […]

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Disrupting the Med School Model with Data-Driven Teaching & Learning

REEL Aims to Disrupt Med School Model Ray Robinson thinks the med school model is in need of disruption because even the best doctors aren’t always effective educators. His company Regenerative Education Evolution Lab (REEL) wants to change that, with a learning management system that helps medical students learn material faster and track weekly progress, […]

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Revolutionary reinvention of hardwood flooring poised to take off

The first time I met the Steller Floors team, they were looking for a new home for their quickly growing business. It was in those heady days before COVID restrictions, at an after-hours entrepreneurial meetup in a coffee shop, where the business ideas ranged from kombucha to farm-fresh ice cream to a regional magazine. After growing from four […]

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Invent Penn State Innovation Hub Set to Open October 2021

A six-story, state-of-the-art, multi-use home for innovation is set to open in October 2021 in downtown State College. Invent Penn State’s newest Innovation Hub will serve as the cornerstone of Penn State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Innovation Hub will provide the Happy Valley community access to high-end physical and digital making resources as well as offer […]

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