PennTAP News & Announcements
PennTAP Helps Five Agricultural and Rural Businesses Acquire Grants

The USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant provides funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems, or make energy efficiency improvements. The awards were recently announced - congratulations to our five clients who received REAP grant funding for their solar, coal dryer, furnace and reverse osmosis projects!

PennTAP has a 50% client success rate for the REAP grant, and our projects equated to 1/3 of the funds available for Pennsylvania. Learn more about how we can assist your company in acquiring funding for your energy efficiency project.

We are seeking a technical advisor in Southeastern PA. The advisor will be responsible for relationship building with industry, project identification and implementation, reporting, student engagement and more. Learn more and apply.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is soliciting proposals from research-led teams at any accredited PA college/university engaged in a research project that seeks to advance a new product or process innovation with a PA manufacturer. Award levels for individual projects can range from $25,000 to $70,000. Learn more and submit your proposal.

With funding support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Ben Franklin Technology Partners has launched a Job Link initiative to help companies in Central and Northern PA find the talent they need. Ben Franklin can help you identify local talent for your projects whether you need an intern for a short time or have an open position to fill. For more information about the Job Link Program, or to pass along a resume or job posting, contact Ben Franklin's Talent Scout, Mary Kay Williams.

Penn State Biological Engineering students complete a two-semester capstone design experience working closely with faculty, industry, government, and other organizations. This is your organization’s opportunity to tap into the incredible resources and talents of Penn State to solve real-world problems. Learn more.

The Director of the Materials Research Institute, Clive Randall, presented the previous year's highlights and overview of the Materials Research Institute during the Materials Day 2021 event. Watch the video.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – Noon
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency Roundtable is providing a free virtual meeting on utility incentive programs. This event will provide you with information on the available energy efficiency incentive programs and how your business can benefit from participating in these offerings. If you are responsible for energy or building management and interested in learning more, sign up for this free roundtable. Learn more and register.
Hosted by PennTAP
Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - Noon

With increased global competitiveness and challenging customer demands, companies must continue to explore different avenues of innovation in order to maintain and grow their businesses. During this webinar, Penn State professors Dr. Todd Palmer and Dr. Daudi Waryoba will provide a discussion of the facilities at Penn State which can support industry needs and ways to engage with faculty and student expertise to solve challenging problems facing powdered metal companies today. Learn more and register.
Hosted by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Dates: November 8 - 12, 2021

GEW Penn State celebrates relationships between members of the University and the local entrepreneurial communities. Attend virtual presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities geared specifically to entrepreneurs, local startups, innovators, and anyone interested in thinking outside the box. Learn more and view events schedule.
Hosted by NWIRC
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: North Central PA LaunchBox
Cost: $360

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a methodology for finding and correcting the most important reasons for performance problems. It differs from troubleshooting and problem-solving in that these disciplines typically seek solutions to specific difficulties, whereas RCA is directed at underlying issues. Attend this event to learn how these tools can be part of your quality management system. Learn more and register.
PennTAP continues to provide businesses with vital information, resources, and technical assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at or 814-865-0427.

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