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  1. 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…

  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 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. The Ben Franklin’s annual iXchange is a premier business/technology event in northeastern Pennsylvania. The iXchange provides an opportunity for regional leaders 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. OraSure’s saliva collection kit to be used in UK COVID testing

    A saliva collection device made by OraSure Technologies has been selected to help with a UK company’s COVID-19 testing for travelers to England. Travelers can purchase a test privately from companies like Chronomics Limited, and then reduce their self-isolation period if they test negative. Via WFMZ-TV69; OraSure Technologies  

  7. Solarflux Awarded $340K from SEF for Solar Dish Development

    The FOCUS parabolic reflector dish provides a clean, inexpensive source of thermal energy, according to Solarflux Energy Technologies Inc. BFTP client, Solarflux Energy Technologies Inc., Bern Township, received a $340,000 grant from the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund for its solar dish concentrator, which is capable of delivering clean, inexpensive thermal energy. The company said the Continue Reading…

  8. 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…

  1. Enigma Networkz Donating Cybersecurity Software for Penn State Students

    Cybersecurity students at Penn State University will soon have access to a state-of-the-art tool to help prepare them for their future careers, thanks to a donation from Mark Viglione, a 2015 graduate and founder of BFTP client, Enigma Networkz LLC, Reading. Enigma Networkz’s cybersecurity information and event management (SIEM) platform, Enigma Glass, will be available Continue Reading…

  2. LifeAire Systems Featured on WITF SmartTalk

    During the NPR affiliate WITF SmartTalk segment, CEO Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow described LifeAire Systems’ proprietary and transformational air purification systems that are capable of killing infectious airborne pathogens including COVID-19. The company has also applied its technology to develop a portable, rapid decontamination unit for N95 masks that kills COVID-19 within all layers of Continue Reading…

  3. UBMe Partners with Bethlehem to Improve COVID Vaccine Distribution

    With the COVID-19 vaccine ready for use, a challenging aspect is the actual distribution process. The difficulty lies with vaccinating a large number of people efficiently while keeping health parameters in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez announced that the City of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Health Bureau and UBMe have formed Continue Reading…

  4. 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…

  5. LifeAire Systems Presents in PA DCED’s Innovating to Recovery Series

    Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation Steve D’Ettorre of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) hosted a media call Tuesday morning announcing the efforts of Allentown-based manufacturer LifeAire Systems, LLC to fight the coronavirus. Deputy Secretary D’Ettorre was joined by LifeAire Systems CEO Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, and representatives from the Ben Continue Reading…

  6. LifeAire Systems Introduces N95 Mask Decontamination Unit for Workers

    LifeAire Systems has introduced its Aire~N95™ portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. The unit is designed to kill COVID-19 and all other bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the surface and within the layers of the mask. Improves workplace safety Minimizes the impact of supply shortages Ideal for large teams requiring N95 masks on Continue Reading…

  7. Nazareth Pallet busy with a rise in online shopping, plus the arrival of the COVID vaccine

    Businesses need pallets before they can ship goods. Foundational to shipping and receiving, trucking and distribution, commerce and trade, the wooden pallet and skid business is brisk and strong demand for these handling workhorses is expected to continue. Having pallets move through the supply chain quickly is a top priority. “That’s a very important role we 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…