PennTAP News & Announcements

Frost Ridge Maple Farm is the third largest maple syrup producer in Pennsylvania. Owner Michele Mihailov reached out for assistance in applying for the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to fund the implementation of a new reverse osmosis system. The maple producer was awarded a total of $36,565 in grants after our assistance. Read more.

We are seeking an experienced marketing communications specialist to develop and execute strategic marketing and communications plans including strategy, branding, marketing and communications support for our programming. 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.

Penn State New Kensington, in partnership with the city of New Kensington, has launched the city’s first-ever Sustainability Stroll to highlight local businesses and organizations, and history, while also connecting them to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our technical advisor located at Corner LaunchBox in New Kensington assisted with energy and sustainability review efforts at the different sites included on the stroll. Read more.
The DEP is offering rebates to Pennsylvania agricultural producers for energy efficiency projects. Applications are being accepted effective September 20, 2021, and rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available, through March 31, 2022. Rebates are available for:
  • LED lighting (interior or exterior)
  • Variable frequency drives for milk vacuum pumps
  • Variable frequency drives for ventilation fans
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Hosted by PennTAP
Date: Oct. 21, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – Noon
There are simple, low to no-cost steps you can take to make your building more energy-efficient, more cost-efficient, and more sustainable for the environment. We have created a free energy toolkit as a starting place and guide to small businesses when estimating potential energy savings for your building. We'll go over how to use these tools to estimate cost savings in this webinar.
Hosted by NWIRC
Date: October 7, 2021
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Hermitage, PA
Cost: $350 per company for up to 4 people

Attend this highly interactive workshop to learn:
  • The necessary conditions to create a high-performing organization
  • The roles of leadership and customer focus
  • How to measure and establish the correct performance metrics
  • How to create a stable and capable delivery system
  • How to identify initiatives that could achieve a 20-25% productivity improvement with your current workforce
  • How to construct a strategy that achieves a competitive market advantage
  • How to convert improved operational performance into a market strategy to grow sales
Hosted by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Date: Oct. 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Cybersecurity doesn’t just protect your business – it can help improve your bottom line! Particularly for highly-regulated industries - like medical, financial and many types of manufacturing – effective compliance and risk management policies are an advantage, helping you compete for new customers and provide the best service to your existing customers. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Penn State Materials Research Institute
Date: Oct. 12 - 13, 2021

Materials Day is designed to share Penn State’s vast materials research knowledge and infrastructure with our industrial and government research and service partners. You or a representative from your organization should attend if you want to keep abreast of all that happens around materials at Penn State or if you are looking to identify graduating students for future positions. 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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