Revitalizing Pennsylvania’s innovation economy

A virtual briefing with Brookings Metro and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Thursday, January 19, 2023
9:30-10:30 am EST

Since 2019, Brookings Metro has been analyzing innovation policy in Pennsylvania and competitor states. Despite Pennsylvania’s many assets for driving innovation, including powerhouse universities, a rich research ecosystem, and breakout companies, the commonwealth lags behind peer states in converting these assets into robust economic growth. How can leaders in southwestern Pennsylvania and Harrisburg help shape policy that maximizes prosperity driven by our cutting-edge innovation clusters, R&D, and untapped talent pool?

Join Brookings Metro and the Allegheny Conference for a briefing and conversation about the recently released Brookings study Commonwealth of Innovation: A Policy Agenda for Revitalizing Pennsylvania’s Economic Dynamism. This fascinating report digs into the gaps in Pennsylvania’s innovation economy pipeline and discusses how targeted commitment to innovation efforts in rural and urban areas alike can pave the way for economic acceleration across the commonwealth. You’ll also hear how southwestern Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned to contribute to and reap the benefits from an innovation-driven economy.

Funding for Commonwealth of Innovation was provided by the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. The report and recommendations are the result of a statewide, stakeholder-based process and do not necessarily reflect the views or priorities of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

Event Host

Stefani Pashman
CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Featured Speakers

Matt Smith
Chief Growth Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Mark Muro
Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro

Robert Maxim
Senior Research Associate, Brookings Metro

Panel Moderator

Dr. Roger W. Davis
President, Community College of Beaver County

Featured Panelists

Justine Kasznica
Founder/Board Chair, Keystone Space Collaborative
Shareholder, Babst Calland

Tim McNulty
Associate Vice President for Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University