This article was originally published as part of the Grow PA solutions journalism project, published by and underwritten in part by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

News and events from Johnstown, York, Bethlehem and beyond.

Grow PA, our reporting series and partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, has spent the past six months reporting on economic development trends in ten counties across the state.

Above all else, one thing we’ve learned is that people who are invested in economic development and growth in Pennsylvania from different parts of the Commonwealth aren’t great at communicating with one another.

It’s with that knowledge that we’ve been hoping to provide a platform for shared discourse about the future of Pennsylvania’s economy as it relates to innovations in healthcare, infrastructure and post-secondary education.

With that in mind, we asked a handful of Grow PA readers from across the state to share what they’re up to. The high-level takeaway? Everyone loves pitch competitions.

Let’s travel the commonwealth, shall we?


  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP)is hosting Ben Franklin Venture Idol, a Shark TankAmerican Idolhybrid competition with $15,000 in venture capital on the line. Eight startups in BFTP’s Northeastern Pa. portfolio will compete at the fund’s newly-expanded Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing at L