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Ben Franklin Partners with Governor, DCED on Portal to Utilize Innovation, Mobilize Manufacturers


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Ben Franklin Partners with Governor, DCED on Portal to Utilize Innovation, Mobilize Manufacturers in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 6, 2020) --- The statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners network is partnering with Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and several other life sciences, health-care, and business organizations to utilize innovation and mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor unveiled the “Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal” during his daily briefing today and publicly recognized the work of Ben Franklin and several other groups.

“We commend the governor and his administration for their actions to address the impact of COVID-19 and we’re committed to doing all we can in the effort,” said Ryan E. Glenn, Ben Franklin’s Director of Statewide Initiatives.

“Innovation is key as we respond to this crisis, and it will remain central to efforts to reboot our economy once the pandemic passes,” Glenn said. “Together with our clients, we are innovating against COVID-19. Everything we are doing right now, in conjunction with our clients, is about supporting and advancing revolutionary technological developments that help to address the critical challenges our society is facing now and in the future.”

Ben Franklin Technology Partners serves all 67 counties through four regionally based centers in Pittsburgh, State College, Bethlehem, and Philadelphia, with several satellite offices spread across the state.

Each of the regionally based centers have many clients that are currently contributing to the efforts to address this public health issue in various ways, from treatments, to testing, to logistics, to other supportive products and services. The “Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal” will help to reinforce these efforts by linking supply chain, work force, and production needs.

Ben Franklin also continues to work with the administration and General Assembly as it develops economic stimulus packages. Most of the entrepreneurs and startups that are engaged in these efforts and other innovative developments would be entirely exempt from accessing support through existing programs available to most established businesses. Most programs provide access to capital for larger corporations and more established businesses, or are narrowly targeted at qualified small businesses, not startups. Startup firms are particularly vulnerable to decreases in their revenue streams.

For additional information about the work of Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its clients, visit www.benfranklin4pa.com or follow the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners on Twitter @StatewideBen.

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