Clearfield County, Penn State DuBois Receive POWER Grant

October 8, 2019
Press Release
$725,850 awarded to expansion of North Central PA LaunchBox

BRADFORD, Pa. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson announced that Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State University, DuBois campus are the recipients of a POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The $725,850 grant will be used to expand the North Central PA LaunchBox and Innovation Collaborative with additional training equipment and entrepreneurial programming.

“The North Central PA LaunchBox program is a lightning rod for innovation, competition, and technology,” said Rep. Thompson. “Skilled workers and entrepreneurial thinkers are in high demand in Clearfield County and this grant will help expand the LaunchBox’s impact on the local economy and workforce.”

The North Central PA LaunchBox at Penn State DuBois is an initiative that supports “manufacturing competitiveness and workforce needs, growing and attracting talented innovators and entrepreneurs, and creating new high-knowledge, high-technology business in the region.”

“This grant funding will allow Penn State DuBois to jumpstart the services of the North Central PA LaunchBox and Innovation Collaborative, aid in the expansion of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and help our established companies to retain and grow our workforce,” said Penn State DuBois Chancellor M. Scott McBride. “We’re thankful for the support of Congressman Thompson and we know that he believes in what we’re doing in our region. The addition of our Makerspace, Research and Development Services and a Technical Training Center will help uphold the long, local tradition of our region’s ability to practice excellent production routines, solve problems and develop a highly-skilled workforce to support the local, national and global economy.”

POWER grants awarded by ARC encourage economic growth in coal mining counties in communities along the Region’s coal supply chain.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.