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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Scholar Hotel Group is expanding again — here’s why that’s such good news

By Greg Woodman Courtyard by Marriott State College. Credit: Marriott The Scholar Hotel Group announced two new hotels in its local portfolio in August. The company bought Residence Inn by Marriott State College for $15.6 million and Courtyard by Marriott State College for $9.1 million from Apple Hotel LLC. Residence Inn by Marriott State College […]

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How apprenticeship programs help retain workers amid shortage

By David Rockower Credit: Pennsylvania College of Technology If you haven’t read about the labor shortage, you’ve more than likely experienced it firsthand at your favorite location restaurant or retail store, or even in your own firm. During a recent webinar sponsored by The Ben Franklin Learning Center, Shannon Munro shared details about what’s causing […]

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Pennsylvania’s first-ever carbon capture project will have major local, statewide impacts

By Cara Aungst KeyState’s nearly $1 billion project will play a role in Pennsylvania becoming a 'hydrogen superpower’ over the next 30 years, and Penn State is helping lead the way. KeyState is in the second phase of engineering Pennsylvania’s first carbon capture and storage project, to be built in Clinton County. The gas synthesis […]

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Xact Metal bringing affordable metal 3D printing to Latin America

Innovation Park-based metal 3D printing company Xact Metal just announced partnerships in Mexico and Columbia in a push to bring affordable metal 3D printing to Latin America. “At Xact Metal, we’re committed to expanding the adoption and the democratization of metal 3d printing by establishing a new level of price and performance in the industry,” […]

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Happy Valley companies receive Ben Franklin investment toward commercialization

By Staff Writer Eleven companies in central and northern Pennsylvania recently received investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners that will allow them to further develop and commercialize new products and software applications, and stabilize operations in a long-standing manufacturing business. One of the Happy Valley companies to receive funding approval at the Ben Franklin Technology […]

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Setting student entrepreneurs up for success

By Gatini Tinsley Students gather at one of the many Penn State entrepreneurship workshops to compete for a chance to make their business dreams a reality. (Credit: Penn State) In 2021, nearly 4 million undergraduates walked across the stage with their undergraduate degrees in hand in the United States. Some dreamed of becoming trailblazers, striving […]

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