In 2012 the Great Valley Technology Alliance (GVTA) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute (NPTI) merged their Boards to form TecBridge, which aligned efforts to collaboratively strive to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, with the purpose of growing technology and biotechnology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Formative Period: The current Great Valley Technology Alliance and Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute organizations and their associated programs and activities originated in 1998 by the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Chambers to engage Battelle Institute in an assessment and strategy for a new collaborative venture for Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The Battelle report, “Great Valley-Pennsylvania’s I-81 Technology Corridor: Growing a 21st. Century Knowledge Economy in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties”, provided a plan of requirements and action. The Chambers were joined by CAN-DO (Kevin O’Donnell) and Community Leaders to include Bill Scranton III and Bob Ciaruffolli. In 1999, utilizing the Battelle report as a platform, and with broad support of the regional leaders of the academic, public and private sectors, the GVTA was launched into the Community.
Great Valley Technology Alliance (GVTA): An entity formed to organize and facilitate programs which promote the region and the development of individuals and organizations. By doing so, Northeastern Pennsylvania would become a recognized leader in technology-based economic development, with particular focus on the emerging new media/information technology space.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute (NPTI): An entity formed to provide a coordinated effort to seek support for and to operate organized intellectual property development, thereby creating a generation of technology-based entrepreneurs and companies in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
TecBridge is a regional collegial organization that collaboratively strives to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities with the purpose of growing technology and biotechnology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania. The TecBridge focuses on harnessing the intellectual capital, energy, and passion of young professionals by tapping the abilities of business, academia, government, and economic development of technological, biomedical and natural resource related opportunities of the region, acknowledges those who excel in these areas, and supports the education of those who will lead the region’s knowledge based economy of tomorrow.
Benefits accruing to Northeastern Pennsylvania as a result of our organization:
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