PennTAP News & Announcements

Check out our 2021 Annual Report to see how we've expanded across the state, invested in the future workforce of Pennsylvania, supported our clients and communities, and remained committed to sustainability in all of our work.

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 Environmental Protection (DEP) has created a new agricultural energy efficiency rebate program to help agricultural producers in the Commonwealth reduce energy consumption on their farms through the use of energy efficient technologies.
Rebates will pay 50% of equipment costs, up to $2,000 per technology category. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as funding remains available or through June 30, 2022. Learn more.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council was formed last year as a public-private consortium. Its goal is to provide the Commonwealth with policy, program and legislative priority recommendations that will enhance the competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s nearly 15,000 manufacturing firms and their 585,000 employees. The Council has heard from more than 130 PA-based manufacturers through roundtables, town halls and other venues and now wants to hear from other manufacturing leaders through their completion of a short survey.
Please submit responses by April 8. Manufacturers, CLICK HERE to access the survey. More information about the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Advisory Council can be found here.

In partnership with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, or Jefferson County, PA. They’re looking for entrepreneurs who are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing and technology. Learn more and apply.
Featured Regional Highlights
Southeastern PA

Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells presided over a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on March 18 to mark the opening of the Brandywine LaunchBox. Read more.
Southwestern PA

The Innovation Adoption Program provides $25,000 grants to manufacturers looking to adopt or develop new products or processes that can significantly improve their business. Additionally, the Manufacturing Intern Program provides $2,500 grants to any manufacturer that hires an intern that supports their business. Learn more.
Northwestern PA

A new $2.13 million endowment will expand Penn State Behrend’s Innovation Commons, a product design and prototyping lab and the first site for the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network, a partnership of institutions in the Erie region. Read more.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Hosted by PennTAP
Date: April 21, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – Noon
Prior to an energy assessment, PennTAP requires a 12-month history of utility bills including electric, natural gas, propane, oil, wood, water, and any other applicable energy sources utilized in your business. In this webinar, we will discuss how to read your utility bills, provide insight into some common charges to watch out for, and share resources available to help you save money on your energy consumption. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Penn State Career Services
Date: April 5, 2022
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Penn State Innovation Hub

Employers - Do you want to find qualified candidates for internships, co-ops, research, or full-time positions? Do you want to connect with Centre County’s amazing entrepreneurial network to share ideas? Attend this university-wide recruitment/career fair for all students – regardless,of academic year or major. This is a perfect ‘matchmaking’ event to find the talent you are seeking now – or will be needing soon. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Invent Penn State
Dates: April 28 & 29, 2022
Location: The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College, PA

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic – bringing in over 800 attendees including 70+ startup ventures and 40+ investment firms from across the country. The conference highlights innovations from high growth and emerging markets including IT, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Healthcare, B2B and B2C among others. Register now to attend the conference.
Hosted by Penn State College of Engineering
Date: May 24 & 25, 2022
Location: The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College, PA

During industryXchange 2022: Digital Connectivity at Penn State, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Further your company goals and initiatives through targeted research projects spearheaded by Penn State faculty
  • Build a robust talent pipeline by networking with talented graduate students
  • Meet industry and academic colleagues working in similar areas
  • Understand opportunities for employee upskilling
Hosted by the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment
Date: May 25 & 26, 2022
Location: The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College, PA

Energy Days is a two-day conference that brings together professionals working in all areas of energy to discuss topics ranging from energy technology to energy policy and justice. The goal is to create an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate. Learn more and register.