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improve the safety of and capitalize on the assets of the Square here in Wilkes-Barre, but this particular site remains outdated,” Governor Wolf said.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: Gov. Wolf Announces $2 million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse bounces back as defense blanks No. 24 Rutgers, 4-0

first_img Published on September 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham With under three minutes remaining, Rutgers lined up for a penalty corner. Down by three, the Scarlet Knights had pulled its goalie in favor of a kicking back and packed 10 players around the arc, hoping to overwhelm goalkeeper Borg van der Velde and her quartet of defenders.Despite a clean insertion and shot, the SU defense swarmed the ball and regained possession. A few passes and a breakaway from Chiara Gutsche put the Orange up 4-0 with 2:30 remaining.“We wanted to score,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “We don’t care, we wanna win.”A day after surrendering its first goal of the season, No. 3 Syracuse (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) and its defense recovered to shutout No. 24 Rutgers (5-3), 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange backline wasn’t perfect, allowing six penalty corners and giving up four shots on goal, among the lowest marks on the year. But behind a strong showing from redshirt sophomore Jamie Martin in her first career start and Syracuse’s ability to translate stops into attacking chances, SU blanked the Scarlet Knights.“I think it shows a lot of toughness on our team,” Bradley said. “Rutgers threw everything at us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse backline provided sparks for the offense. A Ross Weers goal off a penalty corner put SU up 1-0. The defense, as it had the entire year, worked the ball up the spine of the field to its forwards and followed from behind.Weers fired a pass from about 30 yards outside the arc to Sarah Luby who deflected the ball past Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz to give the Orange a 3-0 advantage just before half.After spending all spring at right back, Bradley said, Martin was sidelined with a pair of knee injuries. But making her first career start, Martin played lockdown defense against the Scarlet Knights.“It was really encouraging,” Bradley said, “She’s (Martin) starting to get her legs back under her.”With the All-American Weers protecting the left side, Rutgers keyed in on the inexperience of Martin, SU’s weakest link on the back line. In the first half, Rutgers consistently tried to beat Martin one-on-one down the Orange’s right wing. But every attempt came up short. Martin jabbed, poked or swept away the ball, corralling the ball and pushing transition.Although the back line shut out Rutgers, SU gave up six penalty corners, the second-highest mark all season. Some of those Rutgers opportunities came as a result of the Orange exchanging a Scarlet Knights breakaway with a penalty corner. On one play van der Velde toppled herself and a Rutgers forward to stop a mini-breakaway. Others came from unforced errors.In the second half, Rutgers pushed the ball inside the SU arc. A shooting lane opened before Carolin Hoffmann skidded in and slide-tackled the ball out of play. Later, forward Elaine Carey had the ball at the top of SU’s arc and went to push the offense, but she kicked the ball. Both Hoffmann’s and Carey’s plays gave RU penalty corners.“There were good moments,” Bradley said, “there were ugly moments.”Rutgers had three penalty corners in five minutes, but SU’s backline didn’t fold. Facing clean shots on goal, van der Velde was relied on to make multiple stops. But even when 10 Scarlet Knights piled around the crease, the Orange defense made the stop and scored not five seconds later.“Like I’ve said so many times,” Weers said, “the only team we can lose from is ourselves.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more