Tag: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s 6+ million-strong workforce of is one of our most compelling business advantages, and is one in which the state continues to make investments through dedicated programs and services. One such program, WEDnetPA, funded by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), has helped more than 20,000 companies train more than one million Pennsylvania […]
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’d like to recognize the contributions of the more than 300,000 women-owned businesses in Pennsylvania with a list of go-to resources for female entrepreneurs. Whether it’s becoming certified as a small diverse business, applying for funding, finding business mentors, or contracting with government agencies, Pennsylvania can help its women-owned […]
As part of the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) mission to grow and sustain business development across the commonwealth, it offers various funding programs. One such program, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs, and for the […]
The thought of launching a business can be daunting — it requires grit, motivation, and determination to turn an idea into a living, breathing, sustainable business. However, we’re here to help you finally take the plunge and develop that business concept you’ve been considering with the assistance of the PA Business One Stop Shop, which […]
Pennsylvania is a state of small businesses, with our one million small businesses forming the bulk (more than 99%!) of our business economy. How have so many small businesses found success here? There are a variety of factors, but it’s largely a combination of our welcoming communities, flourishing main streets, state support and assistance, robust […]
This Friday, Oct. 5., Pennsylvania is celebrating National Manufacturing Day to help promote the fulfilling career opportunities offered by the PA manufacturing industry. We spoke with Secretary Davin to learn more about the role this important industry plays in our economy and how the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) supports manufacturing every […]
Pennsylvania offers a myriad of activities for visitors and residents year-round, but spring decidedly marks the beginning of a more active season when the flowers start to bloom, birds sing, and those of us who patiently waited out the frostier months enthusiastically shake off our cabin fever. As we approach warmer days with the promise […]
When I meet with companies and site selectors, transportation infrastructure is a frequent topic of conversation. Businesses require reliable access to their suppliers and customers and want to know what kind of framework is in place to ensure they can get their people and products to where they need to be. This makes sense. Companies […]
Located in Chalfont, Pa., Byers’ Choice handcrafts Christmas Carolers that spread cheer and warmth by connecting collectors with their favorite holiday tradition — singing holiday songs. We spoke to Dave Daikeler, sales operations manager at Byers’ Choice, about the company, its success, and the unique touch artisans bring to its products. What makes your company […]
Part of what we do at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) every day is to promote the manufacturing industry, showcasing the positive impact it has both on the state’s economy and on working families. How could we not, knowing the industry has an $84 billion impact on PA’s economy and the […]
Video games first hit the mainstream in 1972 with the success of Pong. Since then, their conception and development has attracted those who enjoy using their talent and creativity to entertain millions across the world. Whether they have engaging gameplay, immersive storytelling, intricate strategy, show-stopping visuals, or just plain entertainment at their core, video games […]
Pennsylvania boasts a powerful set of advantages when it comes to business and talent attraction. Take it from John Boyd, principal at the Boyd Company Inc., an internationally recognized corporate site selection firm whose clients include PepsiCo, Visa International, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Dell. In the 2017 BizCosts Report, outlined in […]
This article was previously published on KeystoneEdge.com Drexel University is launching a new graduate program in peace engineering, an emerging field that mashes up engineering and applied sciences with the social sciences to resolve or reduce violent conflicts. It is the first academic program of its kind in the United States. According to Director James […]
The Keystone Communities Program’s Elm Street division works to address issues of blight and crime in borderline residential neighborhoods that surround Main Street business districts. To learn more about the program and the change it helps create in communities, we talked to Dean L. Rohrbach, Program Manager of the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF), […]
Signallamp Health works with physicians and nurses to provide population health services to patients with multiple chronic conditions across six states, including Pennsylvania. In March 2016, Governor Tom Wolf toured and announced that Signallamp would add 69 jobs at a new site in Scranton with assistance from a Pennsylvania First program grant and WEDnetPA funding, […]
In January 2017, Bucks County Community College (BCCC) signed agreements with three Bucks County technical high schools, as well as Bloomsburg University, to collaborate on a new Technical Entrepreneurship Degree Program, designed for job preparedness and to provide a pathway for career and technical high school students to earn a bachelor’s degree. We spoke to […]
May is National Community Action Month, which celebrates the stories and successes of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and the 1,000+ Community Action Partners (CAPs), while raising awareness of poverty-related problems on both the city and the state level. The PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) manages the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), which […]
Pennsylvania is no stranger to foreign direct investment. Home to more than 6,100 foreign-owned firms employing over 334,000 workers; the commonwealth has been providing quality assistance to international companies for more than 20 years. The Office of International Business Development (OIBD), housed within Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), offers customized services to […]
Pennsylvania is no stranger to foreign direct investment. Home to more than 6,100 foreign-owned firms employing over 334,000 workers; the commonwealth has been providing quality assistance to international companies for more than 20 years. The Office of International Business Development (OIBD), housed within Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), offers customized services to […]
As part of the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)’s efforts to provide opportunities to all Pennsylvanians and revitalize communities across the state, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) seeks to expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low- and very low-income Pennsylvanians. A federally funded program administered by DCED that provides […]
Part of The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps start, grow, and sustain businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. We spoke to Michael Wholihan, Manager of Training & Community Outreach, to learn how the SBDC is providing this training and meeting the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners in […]
BrandYourself BrandYourself cofounder Pete Kistler was struggling to land internship interviews — it turns out, searching his name online came up with negative results for a criminal with the same name. After searching for assistance with a pricey reputation management company, Kistler teamed up with Patrick Ambron to start BrandYourself with the objective of providing […]
In March, my colleague Kim Thomas wrote about Erie’s remarkable revitalization efforts and its long-term vision. And seemingly every day, we hear great news coming out of Erie — thanks to its passionate, loyal residents and advocates. It is beyond inspiring to see a community rally so readily in response to negative press and widespread […]
On a statewide level, Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million small businesses that employ 2.5 million individuals – that is almost half of our private workforce. I’m excited to share that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will celebrate PA Small Business Week from April 30 – May 6, 2017. Aligning with the U.S. […]
On May 1, 2017 the Borough of West Chester was recognized as a 2017 Great American Main Street Award winner, as a result of its successful revitalization movement that began in 2000. This is the final post of a three-part series dedicated to West Chester, its growing prosperity, and the key players involved in its […]
2016 was a banner year for economic development in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Action Team (GAT) successfully completed 77 projects for companies who accepted financial assistance offers from the state and who were moving forward with locating or expanding business operations in the commonwealth. These companies pledged to create nearly 12,093 new jobs, retain nearly 24,754 […]
Yards Brewing Company In the late 1980s, two college buddies learned to brew beer in their dorm room with a home brew kit, and from their newfound passion, Yards Brewing Company was born. Since then, the regional craft producer has grown from a garage-sized operation in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia to a 38,000-square-foot facility […]
Technology-Driven Economic Development Pennsylvania has long been a leader in technology-driven economic development strategies. We know that technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship often go together, and we have worked hard to create an environment and business climate that supports startup companies. What sets Pennsylvania apart from many of our competitors around the United States and internationally […]
What does it mean to be a “Rust Belt” state? We’re attracting and retaining new residents as more and more people realize this is the perfect place to work smart and live happy. Historically, the term “Rust Belt” has been used to characterize a portion of the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. plagued by a declining […]
Three hundred miles northwest of Pennsylvania’s state capital, nestled between Ohio, New York, and Lake Erie — and merely hours from some of the largest metropolitan cities in the country — sits Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city: Erie. Right from the start, Erie defies the expectations of a Pennsylvania city. It’s where you’ll find Pennsylvania’s only “seashore” […]
This article was previously published on KeystoneEdge.com For more than a decade, Dave Goldman co-owned Philadelphia-area restaurant chain Landmark Americana. He was also a seasoned home brewer. His ultimate goal was to combine those passions by opening a brewpub featuring his long-workshopped recipes. With the crowded market, the ability to develop a product that goes […]
Our state is the 2nd largest natural gas producer in the nation, and our production has increased more than 2,400 percent in the past five years. In Pennsylvania, we will likely always be well-known for our coal, manufacturing, and steel—throughout history these industries have provided the necessary framework to support the advanced industries of today […]
Soltech Solutions Operating out of Bethlehem, Pa., Soltech Solutions develops green, energy efficient products that can enhance daily life. From planting newbies to green thumbs, Soltech’s Aspect LED grow light can turn anyone into a garden guru, providing plants with the required light to grow inside a home. A passionate team of three entrepreneurs’ designs […]
Pennsylvania has maintained a dedicated team of professionals focused on attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) for over two decades, providing quality assistance to international companies interested in establishing business operations in our state. Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) is responsible for offering customized services to help […]
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2017: Happiness on the Horizon

February 22, 2017
Last March I stood with my tourism colleagues to unveil the new tourism slogan, “Pennsylvania: Pursue your Happiness.” As we near the brand’s one-year anniversary, I am more convinced than ever that this bold declaration — a throwback to the famous demand for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence […]
This month, the line between business and the arts blurs. Keystone Edge — an online magazine covering what’s next and best in the state — is back with a peek at our latest edition. Keystone Edge is here with some scintillating stories to cure your winter doldrums. In February, it’s all about how creative enterprises […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In 1992, Roland G. Murphy founded RGM Watch Co. in […]
Release Date: February 2, 2017 7:30 am Author: David Misner Punxsutawney, PA – Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Thousands of fans watched as Phil made his highly-anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 131 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition.According to […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or are offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In honor of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, […]
Release Date: December 19, 2016 3:45 pm Author: David Misner Harrisburg, PA – Boasting more unique New Year’s Eve drop celebrations than any other state, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office today reminds residents and visitors of the various options for ringing in the New Year all across the commonwealth.“There’s no better place to Pursue Your Happiness […]
On May 1, 2017 the Borough of West Chester was recognized as a 2017 Great American Main Street Award winner, as a result of its successful revitalization movement that began in 2000. West Chester is a designated community through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Keystone Communities Program, and is a positive example […]
Tom Lauwers founded BirdBrain Technologies, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa, in 2010 after earning his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. BirdBrain’s flagship products are the Finch Robot and Hummingbird Robotics Kit, used in educational settings worldwide. What does your business specialize in and who are your clients? BirdBrain Technologies came to be during my […]
Starting this month, the team from Keystone Edge — a digital magazine covering what’s next and best in Pennsylvania — will be giving #PAProud readers an inside look at each month’s issue. For November, it’s all about making things in Pennsylvania — past, present, and future. Our lead story looks at the maker movement across […]
With Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016) right around the corner, we wanted to take the time to highlight the free resources available to those looking to start their own business in Pennsylvania. We value our small businesses, and are committed to fostering a business environment where your services and products can grow and thrive. […]
Pennsylvania’s legacy as a life sciences leader began when we opened the nation’s first hospital in Philadelphia in 1752. Today, this industry’s continued success is evidenced by the 2,300 life sciences establishments and 77,000 life sciences employees that call Pennsylvania home. In a few days, the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Office of International […]
With Veterans Day around the corner, we’re recognizing the contributions of our veteran workforce in Pennsylvania and those serving the veteran community. We had the opportunity to speak with Eve Baum, Founder and Designer of Military Apparel Company in Gardners, Pa., which creates custom handbags and accessories from military uniforms, as well as Scott Koons, […]
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National Weatherization Day

October 27, 2016
Oct. 30 marks National Weatherization Day, a day focusing local, state, and national attention on the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the work being performed by dedicated members of the weatherization assistance network. Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 30, 2016 as Pennsylvania Weatherization Day to recognize the significant impact energy efficiency […]
Manufacturing is the foundation of Pennsylvania’s economy — our state boasts a deep heritage and rich legacy in the industry. Throughout the history of our nation, Pennsylvania has been a leader in manufacturing, and today, our unique blend of world-class R&D institutions, technology commercialization programs, technical and industrial resources, and our skilled workforce create a […]
This September marks National Preparedness month, which serves as a reminder for individuals, businesses, and communities that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and we visit. In Pennsylvania, September is the beginning of hurricane season, and […]
Pennsylvania is a place where entrepreneurs and business owners flourish and succeed — and State College’s recent ranking as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” confirms just that. Listed among other innovation hotbeds, including Boulder, Minneapolis, and Ann Arbor, State College boasts an 18 percent business […]
Release Date: August 4, 2016 2:00 pm Author: Heidi Havens Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Hadley Farms, Inc., a manufacturer of wholesale baked goods for the food service, fundraising, and retail markets, will construct a manufacturing and freezer storage facility in Washington Township, Franklin County, and create 121 new jobs. “Hadley […]
Revamped guide highlights state’s history, culture, and greater-than-great outdoors Release Date: June 30, 2016 12:30 pm Author: Heidi Havens Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Tourism Office today released the inaugural edition of the “Happy Traveler” travel guide and launched the first significant advertising campaign to feature the state’s new tourism mantra, Pursue Your Happiness. The […]