DCED Secretary Davin Highlights Wolf Administration’s Support of Technology and Innovation in Tour of Erie Companies

Harrisburg, PA – Today, emphasizing Governor Tom Wolf’s strong support for private-sector technology and innovation as key components of creating jobs that pay, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin visited two growing companies in Erie: Epic Web Studios and Acoustic Sheep.

“Erie is a rising city of great ideas,” said Secretary Davin. “Not only do these companies provide additional proof of the pro-business environment accelerating throughout Pennsylvania during the Wolf Administration, they each reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that today has transformed Erie into a hotspot for high-tech startups and new commercial development.”

Epic Web Studios has received DCED support through the Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit Program. Acoustic Sheep has received financial and logistic support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, a DCED initiative funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

“There is an enormous amount of talent and opportunity here in Erie and that talent brings considerable innovation,” said David Hunter, Epic Web Studios managing partner, whose 8-year-old firm now serves more than 300 clients in the United States and Canada. “There is an economic resurgence going on in Erie. We’re growing every day, and Erie’s business climate and affordable cost of living combine to help us to be even more competitive on a national stage.”

Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, Acoustic Sheep chief executive officer, is a 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Impact Award, was named Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year in 2016, and won the Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ Big Idea Award for her company’s form-fitting headphones. “Erie has really embraced us as an up-and-coming tech company,” she said. “We were a small business that had a great idea and were able to roll it into something that is profitable, hiring lots of people and really changing the industry.”

To hear more from entrepreneurs about why Erie is a great place to do business, watch this video below to understand why the economic and cultural environment have made the city a hotspot for innovation and success. For more information about DCED, the Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit Program, and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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