Gov. Wolf Announces $2 million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-Barre

first_img October 14, 2016 Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator John Yudichak and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski to announce a $2 million state grant for the expansion of a technology innovation project in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. ‘Innovation Squared’ is a four-pronged initiative to create an innovation district for the region, and will create and retain 200 full-time jobs.“Great work has already been done to improve the safety of and capitalize on the assets of the Square here in Wilkes-Barre, but this particular site remains outdated,” Governor Wolf said. “The renovation will make the center of Downtown Wilkes-Barre a focal point for a vibrant and active community, while creating good paying jobs that will attract talent to the area.”“These state funds will further advance the vision of Innovation Squared in transforming downtown Wilkes-Barre into a technology hub that will retain our talented college graduates, attract tech entrepreneurs and grow new businesses,” Sen. Yudichak said. “I am grateful for Governor Wolf’s support of this vital project which brings our academic, business and community leaders, along with our entrepreneurs together to make Wilkes-Barre a successful Innovation District.”The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds will allow the project — a joint venture between the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wilkes-Barre, the Diamond City Partnership, and other business and high education community leaders — to expand at its current site, 40 Public Square, and move forward in several areas:Pepperjam Retention/Expansion of the Innovation Center: In June 2015, Pepperjam (formerly eBay Enterprise Marketing) announced its intention to make the Innovation Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre its corporate headquarters through 2021. The project features the retention of 75 employees in the area, and the creation of 125 new jobs at the Innovation Center.New Incubator Development: To ensure start-ups and technology firms have the necessary space to grow, Innovation Squared features the acquisition and renovation of the former First National Bank building on Public Square to house new and recently formed start-up companies.Wilkes-Barre THINK Center: This 6,000 square-foot technology workshop and multi-media center is located in the lower level of the Innovation Center. The THINK Center provides local professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities access to shared workshops for research and development; private conference rooms for training, presentations and virtual meetings; and a multi-service center to be utilized for virtual board meetings, podcasts, lectures, technology competitions, and mentorship activities. The center also features a co-working space focused on providing entrepreneurs the facilities and services they need to advance their concepts to the incubation stage.Wilkes-Barre Connect Initiative: Wilkes-Barre Connect is an entrepreneurial ecosystem that ensures start-ups and existing businesses have access to the providers, services, and facilities they need to grow in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The initiative aims to spur business and job creation, retention, expansion, and business attraction through the support services, including mentoring, training, networking, technical assistance, access to capital, and facilities. The Wilkes-Barre Connect Initiative serves as the necessary service-based component of the Innovation Squared Project – and will be housed within the Innovation Center Technology Workshop.“I would like to sincerely thank Gov. Wolf for awarding this important RCAP grant to our highly successful Innovation Squared Economic Development Project,” Rep. Pashinski said. “This RCAP award will retain 75 excellent paying jobs, create 125 new ones, and secure a dual entrepreneurial ecosystem and mentorship program for downtown Wilkes-Barre.”“Today provides validation for our Innovation Squared strategy – an effort brought forth by our academic, business and government partners to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Wilkes-Barre,” said Joseph Boylan, vice president Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. “Launching just 16 months ago, Innovation Squared has already featured the retention and expansion of 200 jobs at Pepperjam, the creation of a 6,000 square foot multi-media and technology center called the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center, and launch of Wilkes-Barre Connect. These components have paved the way for today’s announcement  – a commitment from Governor Wolf and the commonwealth to help bring a new incubator online in downtown Wilkes-Barre.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Gov. Wolf Announces $2 million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Football News Goa seal second spot after upstaging Chennaiyin FC 1-0

first_imgFC Goa beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1. FC Goa occupies second spot to seal a playoff spot. Bengaluru and Goa finish with the same points.  highlights New Delhi: FC Goa notched up a 1-0 victory over bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC to seal the second spot in the Indian Super League points table here Thursday. Goa now has 34 points, same as Bengaluru FC, but on head-to-head equation a tad behind on the table. With both BFC and FC Goa finishing their league engagements, it’s clear now that the two will play their second-leg semi-final games at home on March 11 and March 12 respectively.Goa’s star Ferran Corominas extended his lead to 14 goals in the race for Golden Boot award, scoring the winner for Sergio Lobera’s team in the 26th minute. The loss saw Chennaiyin FC finish bottom of the league with just nine points from 18 games – the lowest tally ever managed by an ISL team. FC Goa dominated the ball with ease and forced Chennaiyin FC to defend deep and in numbers. Both teams went on to fashion several half chances but a goal remained elusive. It did come in the 26th minute for Goa when Ahmed Jahouh picked out Jackichand Singh’s run into the penalty box with a lovely long ball.The winger went on to cushion the first-time pass for Coro who picked his spot past a helpless Karanjit Singh to score his 14th goal of the season. Goa continued to enjoy the upper hand as the first half went on while Chennaiyin struggled to get hold of the ball. The narrative remained pretty much the same after the break as well.The Gaurs looked content to slow down the game by holding on to the ball and deny Chenaniyn any chance to recover, except a close call in the 49th minute through a set piece which Jeje had an opportunistic chance to get it but it went over. Goa went on to see out the game with ease and inflict a 13th loss of the season on Chennaiyin FC. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more