Skills such as collaboration, creativity, problem solving and adaptability are sought-after by every industry now, but will certainly be necessary for the entire workforce in the age of Industry 4.0. A resource that is available to all local businesses and industry is Penn State New Kensington’s innovation hub, The Corner. One of 21 Invent Penn State hubs across the Commonwealth, The Corner provides a modern and unique space open for you to take advantage of workshops and training, mentors and flexible office space opportunities and solutions. The Corner is also available to use for meeting or event space.
The Corner Launchbox, an Invent Penn State initiative, provides signature programming at
Both programs teach valuable skills integral to the Industry 4.0 movement, regardless of the intent to start a business.
Penn State New Kensington, with the help of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and the City of New Kensington has led various economic revitalization efforts in the city. The most well-known is the Corridor of Innovation, a five-block stretch of Fifth Avenue, which has been transforming since summer 2017. A facade improvement mini-grant program for business owners and organizations helped revamp and upgrade 18 buildings. Artist murals and several colorful bike racks and benches can also be found along Fifth Avenue. A brand new corner parklet was an added feature thanks to the work of volunteers from the campus, Arconic and the City of New Kensington.
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) awarded Penn State New Kensington $75,000 to aid in incorporating sustainability and best practices to the campus-led Corridor of Innovation and revitalization efforts in the city of New Kensington. The award has allowed for the creation of community workshops, as well as efforts related to helping business owners and community members learn more about sustainability and the role it plays.