Nextovation
Founding
Members
Partners
Industry 4.0

Transforming a Rust Belt community through innovation, entrepreneurship and preparation for the digital age.

Nextovation™

Nextovation™ is an inclusive and collaborative initiative focused on real change and regional revitalization in the new digital economy, referred to as the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Spearheaded by Penn State New Kensington, it aims to create sustainable economic opportunities for individuals and businesses in New Kensington and surrounding communities. Using entrepreneurship, innovation, cutting edge technologies and skill sets, this cross-sector partnership engages K-16 education, business and industry, government entities, investors and community members to transform a Rust Belt area into a vital and competitive community in the digital age.

Founding Committee Members

  • Dr. Kevin Snider

    Chancellor
    Penn State New Kensington

  • Corinne Coulson
    Manager of Strategic Communications and Marketing
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Dr. Joseph Cuiffi
    Program Coordinator and Instructor of
    Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Tom Guzzo
    Mayor
    City of New Kensington
  • Patricia Hollinger
    Director of Continuing Education
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Mike Holtkamp
    Digitalization Account Executive
    Siemens
  • Stephen Leonard

    Nextovation Operations/Program Manager
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Sherri McCleary
    Director Of Business Development,
    Additive Manufacturing
    Kennametal
  • Kary Milan
    Director of Development and Alumni Relations
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Jason Rigone
    Director of Planning & Development
    Executive Director
    Westmoreland County Industrial
    Development Corporation (WCIDC)
  • Rhonda Schuldt
    Innovation Coordinator
    Penn State New Kensington
  • Colleen Smith
    STE(A)M Outreach Coordinator &
    ABC CREATE Coordinator
    Penn State New Kensington
  • James Smith
    President & CEO
    Economic Growth Connection of
    Westmoreland County (EGCW)

Partners

Nextovation™ is a cross-sector partnership that engages K-16 education, business and industry, government entities, investors and community members

Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, refers to the blending of cyber and physical worlds through digitization, automation and the collection and analysis of data.

Industrial Revolutions - Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is changing the way companies, education providers and organizations interact, do business and prepare for sustainability in the future. Businesses and communities need to become aware of the challenges and opportunities the next revolution creates including:

  • Using data for smarter business decisions

  • Innovating new business models

  • Finding, motivating, and retaining talent

  • Developing skills, collaborations and communities to succeed in a digitized future

Ready to Nextovate?

Alyssa Pistininzi, Operations Manager and Nextovation Liaison
alyssa.pistininzi@thecorner.place
724-400-4777

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