The Corbett Administration, together with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Bioscience Initiative (NEPA RBI), announced the award of a $305,000 Discovered in PA, Developed in PA (D2PA) grant and a $187,000 grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) in conjunction with the Keystone Innovation Network (KIN) program. State and local governmental officials, economic development professionals, representatives from higher education and private industry gathered at the Innovation Center on the campus of East Stroudsburg University to make the announcement.
The NEPA RBI is a collaboration, based upon the conclusions of AngelouEconomics that northeastern Pennsylvania has the bioscience resources of regional educational institutions and private sector industries to grow bioscience industry jobs. The NEPA RBI territory includes the following counties: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. Grant funds received will be used to aggregate and communicate the region’s intellectual assets in a web-enabled database, coordinate the resources through specific “roundtable teams” and facilitate bioscience knowledge, industry employments through growth of existing bioscience firms and the recruiting of new bioscience businesses.
The NEPA RBI areas of focus include linking college and university research and development programs; expansion of career awareness, education and training; workforce attraction and retention; further development of entrepreneurial support systems, real estate availability and business outreach.
Seen at the announcement, front row, from left to right: State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-189); State Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176); Austin J. Burke, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Sherri Collins; executive director, Technology Investment Office at the Department of Community & Economic Development. Back row, from left to right: State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna); Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania; William Scranton, III, co-chair, Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Bioscience Initiative and Harry Forbes, Gov. Corbett’s Northeast Regional Office.