Four clients or alumni of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania were recognized by Governor Tom Corbett as Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs that are creating high-value, sustainable jobs and making positive contributions to the state’s economy. Hundreds attended the Governor’s Impact Award luncheon on May 30th at the Hershey Lodge.
The Governor’s Impact Awards recognize companies from throughout the state. Ben Franklin client or alumni winners are:
B Braun Medical, Inc., Allentown, http://www.bbraunusa.com – Community Impact Winner, Lehigh Valley region
Computer Aid, Inc., Allentown, http://www.compaid.com – Entrepreneur Impact Winner, Lehigh Valley region
NetDriven, Scranton, http://www.getnetdriven.com – Entrepreneur Impact Winner, Northeast region
Vigon International, Inc., East Stroudsburg, http://www.vigon.com – Export Impact Winner, Northeast region
About the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, creates and retains highly paid, sustainable jobs by linking companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. BFTP/NEP’s strategy encompasses three key areas:
- developing early-stage technology-oriented companies,
- helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices to achieve industry leadership, and
- promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that fosters a favorable business environment for high-growth companies.
Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has created 16,214 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and retained 22,155 existing jobs, started 458 new companies, and developed 1,279 new products and processes. BFTP/NEP is headquartered in and owns Ben Franklin TechVentures®, an award-winning incubator/post-incubator facility located on Lehigh University’s campus, Bethlehem and also owns the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners has returned $3.60 to the Pennsylvania treasury for every $1.00 invested in the program.