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  1. Ben Franklin CMO Laura Eppler Appears on “Marketing Champs”

    Each week on “Marketing Champs,” hosts talk to media experts across the country.  On May 2, Laura Eppler, BFTP’s Chief Marketing Officer, was the guest with host Howard Wolpoff. Via Daily Ad Brief.

  2. The Supply-Chain Empire

     (excerpt) … After the war, though, Lehigh Valley leaders “started wondering what would happen if Bethlehem Steel somehow went away,” reported the Morning Call, a local newspaper. Following a series of steelworker strikes—including one lasting 116 days in 1959—local business leaders embarked on an economic-development initiative to establish the region’s first modern industrial park. The establishment of Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  3. Downtown Wilkes-Barre Rebound: Our best days are still to come

    The heartbeat of any community is its urban center, and Luzerne County is no different. We are fortunate that Wilkes-Barre, with its long history and having survived the residential exodus into suburbia decades ago, is our urban center. Like the flowing water in the Susquehanna River, Wilkes-Barre, too, is moving forward in a kind of renaissance. Private Continue Reading…

  4. Proposed Budget Recognizes Innovation is Pennsylvania’s Best Path Forward

    Without a doubt, the last few years have proven the value of investing in innovation. Repeatedly, we have seen how innovation and technology have impacted everything from health care to remote working across Pennsylvania. Without a doubt, the last few years have proven the value of investing in innovation. Repeatedly, we have seen how innovation Continue Reading…

  5. Pennsylvania & the Importance of Government-Funded Venture Capital

    Published by RealClear Policy, 11/29/21, OpEd by Angelo J. Valletta, President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania In 1983, northeastern Pennsylvania confronted serious financial challenges. The regional economy, largely dependent on heavy manufacturing after the anthracite coal industry collapsed in the 1950s, had significantly declined; companies and jobs were offshoring due to Continue Reading…

  6. State Needs to Continue Investing in Innovation

    Via Reading Eagle, May 19, 2021 Editor: As the COVID pandemic enters a new phase, Pennsylvania is in a race to economic recovery — and we’re competing with other states. Since the early days of this pandemic, Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been working around the clock to address this public health crisis. Our clients Continue Reading…

  7. A Future-proof Economy: How Investing in Innovation Can Ensure Pa. is Prepared for Future Challenges

    By Ryan E. Glenn, Director of Statewide Initiatives, Ben Franklin Technology Partners As communities everywhere ramp up COVID-19 vaccination efforts and take the necessary steps to re-open for business, a race between states to grow their respective economies is already taking shape across the country. States are going full steam ahead with economic development to Continue Reading…

  8. Keeping Up with the Joneses: Pa. Must Prioritize Innovation to Compete with Neighboring States

    When Gov. Tom Wolf proposed his 2021-22 General Fund budget he made sure to 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). The governor’s proposal for the upcoming fiscal year would keep Ben Franklin’s base appropriation level Continue Reading…

  1. Air Purification Technologies – Protecting Against Pathogens

    BFTP client LifeAire Systems CEO and Founder, Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, discusses the array of air purification strategies currently available to organizations seeking ways to protect against airborne pathogens and how LifeAire explored these technologies while gaining an understanding of the challenges in full remediation.

  2. Tech-Based Economic Development – Podcast

    Technology-Based Economic Development and Marketing Insights — Lifelong Customer Podcast by Revenue Rhino, with Laura Eppler, Chief Marketing Officer, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA – LISTEN HERE  

  3. Ben Franklin Clients Innovating to Recovery

    As the government, public, and private sectors continue to address the severe problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) clients contribute to the efforts. Ben Franklin enables client companies to not only create highly paid, sustainable technology-based jobs, but also to develop innovative solutions that fight COVID-19 Continue Reading…

  4. The Faces of Ben Franklin: Re-Thinking What is Possible in Northeast Pa.

    by R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania For more than 18 years, I have had the privilege of leading the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Along the way, we have mentored and supported a variety of companies in many different technology and manufacturing sectors. Several Continue Reading…

  5. Pennsylvania Tech Steps Up in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

    By Dennis M. Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic halted operations of Pennsylvania and the entire world, we found ourselves in the position of balancing public health and safety with economic and community recovery efforts. We know that personal protective equipment, including masks, face shields, Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Clients Share Their Inspiration to Innovate During COVID-19

    By Ryan E. Glenn, Director of Statewide Initiatives, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Over the last several months, Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ clients across Pennsylvania have done an outstanding job of quickly adjusting their focuses to innovate against COVID-19. Many pivoted to help address the unique challenges presented by this devastating pandemic. But what did the response Continue Reading…

  7. BRAND BUILDING for Small Business

    “BRAND BUILDING for Small Business” is a branding/communications blog designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Produced by two experienced communications professionals who worked for a company within the Berkshire Hathaway family, its goal is to provide practical, Do-It-Yourself advice about creating a brand identity. It provides simple, straightforward tips that can be executed by a Continue Reading…

  8. Pennsylvania Cannot Afford for Tech Start-ups to be Casualties of COVID-19

    By R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania In April, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, awarded $4 million to the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners to protect investments in promising clients that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Continue Reading…