Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2.8 million, across 43 grants in total, and will bring together government, industry, and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.
Penn State Behrend was recognized with the Commitment to Erie Award for large organizations during a Sept. 19 awards ceremony at the Bayfront Convention Center. The awards, given annually by the Erie Times-News, honor businesses and nonprofits for the commitments that they make to the Erie region.
Entomologists at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center hope to slow the spread of the spotted lanternfly before the species reaches Erie County. More than 70 percent of the grapes produced in Pennsylvania are grown here.
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to researchers at Penn State Behrend to develop a pipeline of highly qualified mathematics teachers who are committed to teaching in “high-need” school districts.
The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program has received the 2018 John C. Oliver III Environmental Leadership Award, which is presented annually by the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation. Ridge, a former Pennsylvania governor and the first secretary of Homeland Security, spoke at the Oct. 12 awards presentation.
Erie is suddenly flush with economic development efforts: Erie Refocused, Emerge 2040, the Erie Downtown Development Corp., and the Innovation Beehive Network, among others. This year's ERIE conference at Penn State Behrend looked at what's working, and where community planners still need to focus.
An $800,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will support a two-year effort to control and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species across Pennsylvania. The project will be led by the Pennsylvania Sea Grant program at Penn State Behrend.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has selected Penn State Behrend as a lead partner for developing business and market opportunities created by a $6 billion Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals project in Beaver County.
A two-day forum about the revitalization of Detroit will launch the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend. The fund is a community resource that will provide research-based policy solutions for leaders in Erie and similar communities.