Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will lead a three-year, $1.5 million initiative to spur business innovation and support entrepreneurs across the Erie region. The effort will boost small businesses and start-ups by creating a network of educational, industry and community institutions that are committed to improving the region’s economy.
The great-grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer Josh Gibson will lead a discussion with former Negro Leagues players during a free program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Wednesday, April 8. The program, which begins at 7 p.m. in McGarvey Commons, in the college’s Reed Union Building, is open to the public.
Sean L. Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, will lead the program, which will include former players Ted Toles Jr., of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, Newark Eagles and Cleveland Buckeyes; and Pedro Sierra, of the Indianapolis Clowns.
Members of the Keystone Energy Forum, an outreach group that promotes shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania, view the Marcellus Shale formation as a sort of buried treasure – the largest natural gas field outside Qatar or Iran.
Collecting that gas is not an easy process. The economic payoff could be immense, however: Full access to the formation could create 200,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania, according to the forum.
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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, offers the best value of any college or university in northwestern Pennsylvania, according to new rankings by PayScale Inc., a data company that tracks employee salaries. In the western 33 counties of Pennsylvania, only Carnegie Mellon University does better.