“The need for innovation in Pennsylvania has never been more important”: A look at Ben Franklin’s post-COVID impact

01/10/2023

The issue of brain drain, or losing workforce talent, is a real concern for innovation hubs around the country. While there are a myriad of tangential concerns — cost of living, livability, schools — the problem boils down to one key issue: workforce talent goes where job opportunities exist. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA has been laser-focused on bringing — and keeping — high-paying jobs in Pennsylvania for the past 30 years, and it’s never been more important than today.

“Ben Franklin keeps high-paying jobs in Pennsylvania by focusing on the needs of local, innovative tech-based companies and small manufacturers, and the entrepreneurs who lead those companies,” President and CEO Steve Brawley said. “We help startups survive their higher-risk, formative years and lay a stable foundation to build upon, so they can attract and retain talent in Pennsylvania.”

He said that the jobs Ben Franklin tech companies create are in industries that pay higher-than-average starting salaries. Most importantly, they are creating the kinds of jobs that workforce talent seeks to build their careers, right here in Pennsylvania.

"Ben Franklin keeps high-paying jobs in Pennsylvania by focusing on the needs of local, innovative tech-based companies and small manufacturers, and the entrepreneurs who lead those companies."

Over the past year, Ben Franklin has been hard at work making smart investments in businesses that keep Pennsylvania’s best and brightest minds in our communities.

“The need for innovation in Pennsylvania has never been more important than the last two years,” Brawley said. “At a time when every tax dollar matters, Ben Franklin continues to pay dividends for Pennsylvania and demonstrate its reputation for serving as an economic driver for the state.”

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