Unlocking the Charms of Happy Valley: A Glimpse into Central Pennsylvania's Tourism Landscape

By Emily Babinchak The Growth of Happy Valley Tourism Recent data analysis conducted by the HVAB utilizing technology reveals an exciting growth trajectory in visitors to Happy Valley. In 2023, the region welcomed over 4.4 million visitors, marking a significant increase from the previous year's 3.9+ million visitors. This surge boosts Happy Valley's status […]


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Happy Valley’s first female distiller is making national news

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Barrel 21's Erica Unruh is disrupting the distilling world with her attention-grabbing spirits. Erica Unruh’s circuitous route to becoming Centre County’s first female distiller could be described as a “happy (Valley) accident.” Unruh was born and raised in Northern California where her family enjoyed homebrewing. It was a hobby that appealed to […]

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Join HappyValley Industry’s magazine this April!

Is your story missing your target audience? Do your customers and your prospects know how your company solves pain points in THEIR industry and do prospective employees know why your company could be a great fit for their talent? HappyValley Industry gets it. That’s why we tell stories about companies that get read by decision-makers. […]

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Solving Happy Valley’s sales problem

By Cara Aungst HappyValley Industry debuted its first workshop yesterday. Here’s what the session revealed about sales in the area. On February 28, leaders from companies in the Happy Valley area gathered at the Hyatt Place in downtown State College to talk about a gap in the ecosystem. Long story short, research and innovation is […]

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Happy Valley’s Sales Engine: Rev it up for YOUR company at this FREE workshop

​ After interviewing hundreds of business leaders across the region, our HappyValley Industry team has reached a troubling conclusion. While our area is a top performer in Research, Engineering and Management, our business community struggles with that critical interim step: selling! So many of our sponsors and readers are asking, “How do I sell more?” […]

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‘The hydrogen economy is here’: Nikola Corp to source hydrogen from KeyState for zero-emissions trucks

By Cara Aungst Photo: KeyState Energy. Nikola Corp. is partnering with a handful of hydrogen producers within the U.S. and Canada to supply hydrogen that will fuel 7,500 heavy-duty, zero-emission trucks by 2026, the Wall Street Journal reported on Feb 11. The article said that one of their main suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region will […]

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FREE intrapreneurship conference focuses on employees as change makers

Mark your calendars for the Conference on Intrapreneurship Employees as ChangeMakers, taking place May 11 at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub. The conference, which is free, is presented by the Penn State College of Engineering’s School of Engineering Design and Innovation and will focus on how employees can create innovation from within a company. […]

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