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  1. Lehigh Valley Gets High Marks for its High-Tech Economy

    Lehigh Valley’s economic growth in the high-technology sector ranks among the top 10% of the largest metropolitan regions in the nation, according to a new study by the nonprofit Milken Institute. Lehigh Valley also ranked in the top third in terms of high-tech concentration in the regional economy in 2019. More via LVEDC

  2. Ken Okrepkie on Keystone Edition: Business – Capital Connections

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Pocono Northeast Regional Manager, appeared on WVIA / PBS, as Kris Jones hosted Keystone Edition: Business – “Capital Connections.” The Thursday, April 8 episode addressed raising capital for early-stage companies, exploring angel investing, venture capital, grants, and other sources. Other guests included Jeffrey Box, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern Pennsylvania Continue Reading…

  3. Thank you, retiring CEO Chad Paul!

    I write on behalf of the partners, clients, constituents, board of directors, employees, and friends served by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) to express my sincere thanks to R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. as he retires as its leader. Chad’s creativity, execution, and tenacity have been the driving forces behind Ben Franklin’s Continue Reading…

  4. Lehigh Valley’s Life Science Sector Hits a Growth Spurt

    Lehigh Valley’s life science companies not only have the manufacturing brawn but the brains working on the next life science innovation, said LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham, who moderated a panel discussion with three local life science executives as part of the organization’s 2021 Annual Meeting video program. “We have a history of innovation Continue Reading…

  5. Wayne Barz Selected to Lehigh Valley Business’ Power 100

    Wayne Barz, Chief Investment Officer for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, has been selected as one of Lehigh Valley Business‘ Power 100. The recognition honors leaders from the Greater Lehigh Valley who hold positions that give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life. The editorial staff of Continue Reading…

  6. Northampton County Helps Fund BFTP Return to Health Program

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania thanks Northampton County for allocating a portion of CARES Act funding to BFTP/NEP’s Return to Health Innovation program in fall 2020. This funding is being used to help support the ongoing operations of BFTP/NEP’s Northampton County clients during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Funding included support for Continue Reading…

  7. LVEDC Annual Meeting Features BFTP Clients

    Lehigh Valley Economic Development‘s 2021 Annual Meeting Program featured highlights from the 41 major expansion or new development projects in the year 2020, which resulted in the creation or retention of more than 6,000 jobs last year. The program included a panel discussion with the leaders of three Lehigh Valley life science companies, all of Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin to Invest $485,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $485,000 in support of regional economic development. A total of 11 companies and 12 business incubators from throughout BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of Continue Reading…

  1. Announcing: the Ben Franklin NE PA Life Sciences Network

    The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the nation’s healthcare systems like nothing else in our lifetimes. Communication with the public, among healthcare providers, and with tightly integrated supply chains of products and services, has become more important than ever. In northeastern PA, 165,000 healthcare workers were challenged in countless ways. These front-line workers represent 20% of Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Created/Retained 6,467 Jobs Last Year

    In 2020, 6,467 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) work. BFTP/NEP generated cumulative impacts of 69,604 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “It is especially impressive that these strong northeastern Pennsylvania job impacts were generated during the Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Responds to PA FY 2021-22 Budget

    Statewide initiative continues to innovate to recovery. HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2021) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 General Fund budget would provide continued investments in innovation through $14.5 million in funding to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP). BFTP is a statewide economic development initiative Continue Reading…

  4. Register now for free – virtual iXchange 2021

    Register now for the Ben Franklin iXchange, to be held virtually this year on Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2021, at 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The event is free-of-charge to guests, and registration is required. Ben Franklin’s annual iXchange is a premier business/technology event in northeastern Pennsylvania. The event provides an opportunity for regional leaders to Continue Reading…

  5. NEW Ben Franklin Annual Report: Innovating to Recovery

    Learn how Ben Franklin is accelerating the economic recovery by creating good jobs and innovating against COVID-19 and future crises. Read the full publication and/or download here. Request a print copy via email – info@nep.benfranklin.org

  6. Pandemic reveals flaw in ‘just-in-time’ delivery supply chain

    While it’s always been important to achieving end results in manufacturing, COVID-19 has emphasized the critical nature of solid supply chain management and practices in meeting customer and consumer needs. In a post coronavirus environment, solid partnerships, stable professional networks and reliable materials or goods sources will be worth their weight in gold. “[Companies] have been Continue Reading…

  7. Ken Okrepkie featured on TecBridge Radio

    BFTP/NEP Pocono/Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie was featured on TecBridge radio, hosted by Don Webster of TecBridge, and aired on 94.3 The Talker on Saturday, Jan. 9. Okrepkie welcomed new Ben Franklin president Angelo Valletta, highlighted BFTP’s Return to Health program, and provided an overview of the value that Ben Franklin brings to technology-based entrepreneurs Continue Reading…

  8. BFTP Remembers and Thanks Gov. Dick Thornburgh

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners honors the legacy of Governor Dick Thornburgh, who created the statewide Ben Franklin program and guided the Commonwealth and its residents toward economic prosperity and renewed opportunity. His efforts resulted in a dynamic, flexible foundation for innovation that has earned bipartisan support since its inception. That work continues today, stronger Continue Reading…