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Where 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 Twitter
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Banks move to stem mortgage fallout The second pool is under cover and has a glass wall at one end that makes up the home’s front lobby.Set up like a luxurious private resort, it is currently the most expensive house listed for sale in Cairns. The amount that the current owners have spent purchasing, upgrading and remodelling the home is enough to rival the Gold Coast’s 2020 $11m record sale price.Agent Shira David Stern of Elite Real Estate Services said the property would suit “anyone who would like to own a home that has anything they have ever dreamed and wanted all under one roof”. The first thing visitors see as they walk in – but that also means you can see them at the door while you’re in the pool. Poker machine dynasty heir Christian Ainsworth built the home, but the current owners have taken it to another level. Picture: Marc McCormack“It was built originally by Christian Ainsworth as a private residence and retreat that has all the luxuries that anyone would want and expect from a palatial beachfront home in a prestigious location.”This is high end living at its best, with two wings in the home – one could be a guest or staff wing, if you like putting staff in five-star like facilities.“The guest/staff wing is equivalent to a five-star hotel,” Mrs David Stern said. “The property won a State Housing and Construction Award for Home Renovation/Remodelling Project.” The second pool wraps around the two wings of the home connecting them. The perfect spot to unwind with bubbles.It cost the current owners around $4.5m to purchase and then they have since taken it to another level, investing more than $6.5m in upgrading and remodelling the amazing home.They put in even higher end features than Ainsworth did, including redoing the entire airconditioning system this year, adding home automation, top of the range appliances, a new internal lift, an indoor water fountain, outdoor fountain/pond features, heated pools, sauna, and a cinema room.It even has a commercial quality gym that’s bigger than many two-bedroom apartments at 120sq m – and the garage “can hold a large boat as well as two Rolls Royce cars” The home is more like a luxury private resort. One of the recreation rooms.“Homes like this property are very rare and this property is singular in the Cairns region. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a home like this. This is one of, if not the most impressive house in Queensland,” Mrs David Stern said.Those pools were geared specifically for the Sunshine State.“The outside pool was built to enjoy the tropical sun and the internal one is covered for all year enjoyment and has a jacuzzi. On top of the pool there are two garden feature ponds, the back garden pond can double up as a kids pool with lion water features. Both main pools are heated and were converted from Gas to electric heating a few years ago. The internal pool mosaics were upgraded to include the same star feature as the entrance foyer of the home.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago The commercial quality gym is as big as a two-bedroom apartment.Asked what the best feature of the home was, Mrs David Stern mentioned the “vast indoor and outdoor entertainment areas as well as the external resort style swimming pool” and the internal pool.“The internal pool is a unique feature with its immaculate mosaic work. The mosaic is also reflected in the bespoke flooring of the formal dining room.” The ultimate in tropical luxury lifestyle. The princess bedroom.“The children’s bedroom has come out straight from a princess fairy tale.”“The garden is vast and tropical with a variety of coloured palms all on a 3600sq m block. There are so many features it is so hard to choose (the best).” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Occupying an unparalleled position, this spectacular property boasts over 2,500sq m of living on a 3,298sq m block of irreplaceable full beachfront flat land.One of the Tropical North’s most expensive homes, built by the heir to a billion-dollar pokies fortune, is so ‘extra’, one of its two pools has a glass wall so you can see who’s at the door while doing laps.The Kewarra Beach home, built by the heir to the Aristocrat fortune Christian Ainsworth, has since had a massive renovation by its current owners who took on the property’s twin wings, twin pools, twin kitchens, twins of just about everything six years ago.
Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester City’s shock defeat at Southampton on Saturday night prompted him to scrap his selection plans and go full tilt for the Premier League title. He went on: “I was going to make about seven changes but it was about being realistic. We knew if we could get a result then it put us in a fantastic position and we can make changes later on in the season.” That pre-supposes United do make it past Real, whose manager Jose Mourinho met Ferguson ahead of Sunday’s game and watched on from the directors’ box. However, after losing the title to City last term, there has been a keen desire for the Red Devils to regain their superiority. And Everton boss David Moyes said: “I think 12 points against a club like Manchester United is a big gap to make up. Football doesn’t always go the way it is meant to be but it looks a lot. To be that amount of points ahead is a big thing at this time of the season.” Giggs’ 13th-minute effort, which rolled in off a post after Van Persie had created the opportunity, extended the veteran Welshman’s run of scoring in every Premier League campaign. Indeed, he has now scored in 23 seasons, which Ferguson admitted was a remarkable record. “I think the superlatives have all been used up,” said the United boss. “His legacy lives on he is just a fantastic human being. Again at 38, or is he 39, maybe even 40 he is up and down that pitch all day. He has fantastic energy for the game.” The one downside for United was the loss of Phil Jones, who did a diligent man-marking job on Marouane Fellaini but was forced off 10 minutes into the second half with a calf strain. Jonny Evans also complained of cramp before he was replaced, although Rio Ferdinand was set to come into the United line-up anyway for the Madrid clash. “I had a chat with Jose before the game,” said Ferguson. “He was in good form and we are both looking forward to the game. It will be terrific.” The move paid dividends as first-half goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie proved enough to see off a dogged Everton outfit at Old Trafford. United are now 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Even though it may have an impact on Wednesday’s Champions League duel with Real Madrid, Ferguson believes the changes were worth the U-turn. “As soon as I saw the result at Southampton I thought this was an opportunity for us to get a real comfortable lead,” said Ferguson. “I scrapped the changes I originally planned to make.”
L-R, Andrew Torre, Ahmad Ahmad, Kemi Okusanya Visa signs as Payments Technology Sponsor for Total Africa Cup of Nations to bring the continent’s biggest football tournament to fans everywhereVisa extends its relationship with football this summer by partnering with the biggest international association football competition in AfricaVisa, the global leader in payments, will bring its global brand and technology to African football this summer as it officially announced its partnership with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) as a sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 2019 and 2021. The sponsorship deal will make the payments giant the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the Total AFCON tournaments in 2019 and 2021 and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort program, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON matches.Visa has a long and proud history of supporting football, having been a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 2007. Coming off the back of a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia and with preparations underway for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, this association builds on Visa’s strategy to bring the best of their sponsorship experience on the global stage to regional tournaments.Ahmad Ahmad, President, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) said: “The benefits of investing in African football are clear to see, and with football being the number one passion of consumers across the continent we’re delighted to welcome Visa as a sponsor of the Total AFCON tournament. Through this partnership with CAF, Visa will be able to connect further with its customers and leverage CAF as an innovative marketing platform. Africa is now more connected than ever before, and Visa’s payment network will play a vital role in reaching and rewarding fans across the region. I’m certain that together we will take African football to the next level.”“Football is the most popular sport in the world with an estimated 4 billion fans and the sport intrinsically aligns with Visa’s values of acceptance and inclusion. The Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament is arguably the most important football event in our region where the best of African football comes together. We are very proud to begin our association with CAF, Lagardère Sports and the Total AFCON tournament to support the growth of football in our key markets,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Visa.“Being the exclusive payment services partner at some of the biggest global sporting properties in the world has enabled us to showcase the latest in payment innovation on a global stage and has had a demonstrable impact on the fan experience and local merchant environment. We are looking forward to a very big summer in 2019 where through our sponsorship of two of the largest football tournaments in the world, we can connect football’s most passionate and engaged audiences through our powerful, reliable and secure payment network and create unique and unforgettable experiences for global football fans, cardholders and clients alike,” said Torre.With every global sponsorship, Visa has focused on supporting host markets by connecting more local merchants to Visa’s payment network so that the influx of global fans traveling to the sporting venues can make safe and convenient payments. Visa has also historically enabled cardholders to win the chance to attend matches, and while there, having the chance to experience new payment experiences that improve their onsite experience. Most recently at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fans and merchants were able to enjoy and experience secure contactless payment technology that was rolled out at the 12 FIFA World Cup Russia stadiums.Visa aims to leverage the Total AFCON platform to continue to deliver exceptional benefits to its local communities, clients, partners and fans as they come together to support the best of African football.This landmark partnership was brokered by Lagardère Sports.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram