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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

Where Do Entrepreneurs Work Smart and Live Happy?

first_imgWhere Do Entrepreneurs Work Smart and Live Happy? By: Dennis Davin, Secretary of Community and Economic Development Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET September 23, 2016 Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  The Blog 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 growth rate, is home to Pennsylvania’s largest university, Penn State, and is supported by various programs in the region such as the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @State College.Penn State offers a healthy and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, stemming in part from its degree offerings like Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Another support is the “Invent Penn State” initiative, launched in 2015 to help innovators succeed at each stage of the entrepreneurial path. Leveraging Penn State’s size, scope, and research strengths, Invent Penn State is a commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success, with a focus on bringing intellectual properties to the marketplace. Penn State President Eric Barron has committed $30 million to this program, opening 13 entrepreneurship centers in the initiative’s first year. And this is just the beginning — I can’t wait to see its lasting economic impact across Pennsylvania.Further adding the State College’s entrepreneur ecosystem the Governor’s Action Team recently worked with Morgan Advanced Materials, a UK-based leader in engineered carbon and ceramic materials, to announce a partnership with Penn State that will establish The Carbon Science Center of Excellence (COE). This site is the first of its kind in the U.S. that will serve as a new research and development center focused on driving developments in the field of carbon research. Housed at Penn State’s Innovation Park, the Carbon Science Center of Excellence will support and cultivate the innovative efforts of both Morgan and Penn State for years to come.While State College and Penn State have found success in the center of our state, I’m proud to say this is only one example of many strong university-industry collaborations in Pennsylvania. Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network recently awarded Lehigh University in the Lehigh Valley a $200,000 grant to inspire and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in undergraduate engineering students, with an end goal of benefiting society. In South Central Pennsylvania, Dickinson College runs “The Idea Fund,” a student-led incubator that provides seed money to students to help them jumpstart change in their communities. And in the Southwestern part of the state, Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has helped greenlight more than 1,000 companies across a variety of industries.Pennsylvania’s support for entrepreneurs goes far beyond our colleges and universities. My agency, the Department of Community and Economic Development, offers an extensive and experienced network that can provide assistance at each step of the entrepreneurial journey:Our Small Business Champion Network provides free, practical advice, and services as the first stop for individuals who have new business ideas.The Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance partners are our boots on the ground; they help companies start, grow, and prosper in their local communities.For entrepreneurs looking to break into new international markets, our Office of International Business Development is an excellent resource.Tech companies will find funding and technical expertise from our Ben Franklin Technology Partners.Our Entrepreneur’s Guide is a comprehensive roadmap offering guidance on everything from business names to growth strategies.Last, but certainly not least, even entrepreneurs need some down time to relax, recharge, pursue their hobbies (or explore new ones!). Here in Pennsylvania, they can find an unparalleled mix of urban, historic, and outdoor adventures awaiting them. It truly is a wonderful place to work smart and live happy.All corners of our state offer vibrant communities and business assistance resources that are ready to bring your big idea to life. Learn how our talent can be the building blocks of your future. Check out our business assistance page for more information on the resources available to you, and follow us on Twitter (@PADCEDnews) for funding, grant announcements, and all Pennsylvania news. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 26, 2020

Miller: Lakers face a major decision, which has become a major flaw

first_imgThat, at least, is the story today, Scott’s tenure such an unmitigated natural disaster that his belated dismissal works well as an aftershock.Personally, I have no idea if Thibodeau would have been the ideal choice as this team’s next coach. He was pretty good in Chicago, where his biggest failing was that he kept allowing Derrick Rose to get hurt.But George Karl was pretty good in Seattle and Denver and even Milwaukee before going to Sacramento and spending most of the past season answering questions about why he hadn’t been fired yet.Likewise, I’m not 100 percent certain Luke Walton is the Lakers’ answer. Sure, he had a ridiculously impressive record — 39-4 — filling in at Golden State this season. But, let’s be frank, anyone could coach the defending champions, even Byron Scott.The one thing I do know is that Jeff Van Gundy now has been linked to every available job in basketball and beyond. I’m sure if Axl Rose had said no, Van Gundy today would head the list of candidates to be the next lead singer of AC/DC. Starting over again with another new coach — Scott’s replacement will be the Lakers’ fourth since Phil Jackson left in 2011 — might seem like another delay in the team’s return to relevance, relevance that is, as it relates to winning.The Lakers never have stopped mattering. As evidence, I point to a passionate debate I heard on a national radio show two months ago. Three people were arguing over the on-court worth of Roy Hibbert. Folks, I’ll be honest, after about the Lakers’ third preseason game, I never once thought about Roy Hibbert again.As a way to encourage otherwise frustrated Lakers fans, however, I’ll note that any delay in their success only adds to the pressure on Jim Buss, who holds the official title of team vice president and unofficial title of team weak link.Buss is pretty much universally considered to be the worst thing to happen to the Lakers since his late father, Jerry, was the best thing to happen to the Lakers.It was two years ago that Buss told the Los Angeles Times he would step aside if the Lakers weren’t contending for the Western Conference title “in three or four years,” and let this be a reminder that words can be used as weapons.As soon as after next season, Buss could be forced to answer to his own publicly stated expectations, his completely on-the-record assurance looking more and more like a way off-the-mark projection.The only way this changes is if the 2016-17 Lakers do contend, a development so beyond belief that trying to envision it could tear the meniscus of your imagination. Sure, they’ll have a ton of salary-cap space this summer. But the biggest boxers in the world still won’t fit the skinniest elephant.Buss is very much on the clock here, as should be General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers’ decision-makers recently shooting at a percentage not seen around here since Shaquille O’Neal stopped missing free throws.The Steve Nash decision. The Dwight Howard decision. Four years of Nick Young. One season of nothing but Kobe Bryant. The two misfiring Mikes — Brown and D’Antoni. All those free agents who had the power to decide and decided against the Lakers.Remember when everything — on and off the court — just seemed to go this team’s way? Then an old guy in a suit, David Stern, did something many of the NBA’s best players have found impossible: He stopped Chris Paul one-on-one, forever altering two franchises.After he was hired, D’Antoni talked about improving the Lakers’ offense. After he was hired, Scott talked about improving the Lakers’ defense. Both men now have time to sit back and talk about how those plans worked out.I can’t wait to hear what the next Lakers coach intends to improve. Having covered the offense and the defense, who knows? Special teams?At Scott’s introductory news conference — only 21 months ago — he posed for photos with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes. At one point, Johnson announced, “‘Showtime’ is back, baby.”The words couldn’t sound any more absurd than they do today. “Showtime” is history and now, too, is Byron Scott.In the next few months, the fate of the Lakers will be determined by a bunch of decisions, only one of which will be who’s going to coach.Like watching Shaq at the free-throw line, it might be safest to look away and wait for the crowd’s reaction. There’s no way, of course, they can win in this.But then, the good news is everyone is used to them not winning by now. I mean, these are the Lakers.So, even if firing Byron Scott was the absolute right decision, they still messed up by not firing him quickly enough to hire Tom Thibodeau when they had the chance, right?Somehow, what already was the worst team in franchise history just got a little more worse, the 2015-16 Lakers tacking on one final defeat after the locker room had been packed up for another entirely too long offseason.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more