Happy Valley remains a bright spot in a darkening economy

By Timothy Kelly The home of the CIMP-3D Lab. Research at Penn State has been the foundation of many local high tech and deep tech start-ups. Photo: T. Kelly The S&P 500 is down 8.5% in the last six months. The gross domestic product percentage change from the preceding quarter was negative in the first […]


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Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State

The annual celebration goes virtual, Nov. 16-20 Happy Valley entrepreneurs, Penn State affiliates and students alike come together Nov. 16-20, for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Part of a week-long international initiative, the special event hosted by the Penn State Small Business Development Center focuses on 2020 themes of education, ecosystem, inclusion and policy, and encompasses seminars […]

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How a Laser Focus on Customer Success is Driving Rapid Growth for Local Tech Company

KCF Technologies is on a mission to keep American manufacturing strong and thriving. Since 2017 the company has more than doubled its savings for customers every year. In 2017, the company saved plants and factories across the U.S. $100 million. In just four years, its impressive trajectory will save customers $2 billion in 2020 by […]

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Penn State World Campus Sets Students Apart

Hear from one student who landed a highly-coveted Silicon Valley job after getting the experience he needed from Happy Valley — all remotely This fall, students around the world debated whether to attend classes in a brick-and-mortar institution or take classes virtually. For one group of learners, the decision was easy: enroll in a school […]

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From Side Hustle to Smart-Industry Solution: How Warlowe is Advancing Automation

Five-year-old, Happy Valley-based Warlowe is owned by Chris Wharton and Zack Lowe, two electrical engineers who met on the job and saw a need in the local market for individualized electrical engineering expertise.  “Many companies don’t have the budget to have a full engineering team on staff,” Wharton said. “We wanted to fill in those […]

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The Challenges of Buying Industry 4.0 Solutions and How Happy Valley’s Finest Are Making It Easy

A Cisco survey reports that 74% of IoT efforts fail. LNS Research goes even further, saying that only 8% of industrial digital transformation efforts achieve “real success.” Why? “Industry 4.0 is so new, the story is being written while it’s unfolding,” says Jacob Loverich, Chief Technology Officer at KCF Technologies. “American manufacturers want to keep pace or outpace steep international competition. They know […]

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Top Talent: How to Get It, How to Keep It

In this issue’s feature on Minitab, you heard how the company invests in recruiting and retaining the best employees. Last week’s issue featured two recent Penn State engineering grads who shared how they landed their dream careers in a dream location: Happy Valley. Now, we want to hear from you. Take our 5-question Talent Survey […]

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