Request, respond, record: How Mission Critical Partners is there during every step of an emergency

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger A Mission Critical Partners employee provides assistance during a time-critical incident. Photo: Provided. Mission Critical Partners began with just three people: Kevin Murray, Brian Bark and Len Kowalski, working in makeshift offices above their garage and in their basements. Today, the company is known as the top public safety, courts consulting advisory […]


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Stigma, safety and a green future?

By Caryn Anderson The exterior of Curaleaf’s Happy Valley location. Photo: Curaleaf Medical marijuana is still relatively new in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf signed it into law in April 2016 and the region’s first dispensary, Nature’s Medicines (now Ayr Wellness) opened in 2018. In February 2022, Curaleaf offered a second option and the latest dispensary, Verilife, […]

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Take your best customer on the ultimate Penn State road trip experience

The Nittany Lions are hitting the road to SEC Country for a first-ever match-up at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 17, and Collegiate Athletic Travelhas put together the ultimate road trip package for Penn State fans. The trip package includes airfare, accommodations, transportation to and from the game, and a guided tour of Auburn’s campus. […]

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How Happy Valley employers are tackling rising demands around employee mental health

By Holly Riddle The last few years have brought major upheaval to the business world, impacting employers and employees alike. The strains of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic shifts and global conflicts have caused mental health concerns on a broad scale at home, with those concerns leaking into the workplace. In turn, poor mental health costs […]

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Penn State, IBM team up to boost data engineering skills

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The digital transformation and proliferation of “big data” has revolutionized how businesses and organizations operate today. Data can provide a window into growth opportunities, consumer behavior and other important insights. To tap into this potential, companies must organize and maintain data strategically, which is a core focus of the field of […]

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Nuclear power — Is it the future?

By Caryn Anderson Dr. Jean Paul Allain and his 2021 Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Laboratory Team Credit: Dr. Jean Paul Allain/Penn State University The world’s energy needs are quickly rising. The demand for electricity alone is growing exponentially, increasing approximately 200% faster than overall energy use, according to the World Nuclear Association. Additionally, that […]

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Steller Floors: The curious case of the growing company that didn’t want to sell

By Cara Aungst Photo credit: Steller Floors What happens when an idea turns into an actual product and that product goes super-viral on YouTube? And then — in the middle of COVID — that product defies all odds and hits $1M in sales after only 24 months in existence?  It depends. In many instances, this […]

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