Partners and Sponsors

PennTAP works with a number of organizations, both public and private, to enhance our in-house capabilities. Our network of partners helps us to support our clients and promote economic development in Pennsylvania. Some of our partners include:

Ben Franklin Technology Partners
For more than 31 years, BFTP has provided both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.

Catalyst Connection
Catalyst Connection is a private, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity.

Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center
DVIRC is an economic development organization focused on the Delaware Valley region’s manufacturing community. Their mission is to grow business value by providing direct services in consulting, executive network groups, and training and education.

Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC)
The ESRC serves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 3 and 4 with comprehensive online resources, news, and information about pollution prevention. ESRC believes that helping organizations move toward environmental sustainability will reduce costs, minimize our ecological impact, and help conserve, protect, and maintain our environment.

Green Building Alliance
Green Building Alliance (GBA) advances innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. GBA is one of the oldest regional green building organizations in the United States and proudly serves Pittsburgh and the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, with stakeholders across the Mid-Atlantic, United States, and the world.

The Innovation Partnership
The Innovation Partnership is a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Their goal is to help early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania secure federal funding opportunities.

Innovative Manufacturers’ Center
IMC is dedicated to driving economic success and profitable growth for the 12 counties they serve and the entire state. Objective, expert advice and actionable solutions are available to small- and medium-sized manufacturers through IMC events and resources.

Integrated Design Solutions
Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) is a network of Penn State resources that accelerate industry ideas from concept to market.

Invent Penn State
Invent Penn State leverages Penn State’s research, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit in collaboration with industry, entrepreneurs, and academia to develop products and services that will benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.

Manufacturers Resource Center
MRC is a private, nonprofit corporation that helps small and midsized manufacturers increase their competitiveness by providing them with consulting, education, and strategic partnering.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center
NEPIRC is a not-for-profit organization that provides world-class professional services exclusively to manufacturers throughout northeastern and northern Pennsylvania.

Northwestern Industrial Resource Center
The NWIRC enhances the competitiveness and growth of small- and medium-sized manufacturers in northwest Pennsylvania by working with clients to improve productivity and technological performance.

Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance
PREP is a statewide network of business assistance partners designed to help companies start, grow, and prosper.

Penn State Center Pittsburgh
Connects the Pittsburgh region with the University’s faculty, staff, and programs to support sustainable communities through research, local outreach, engaged scholarship, and educational opportunities. 

Penn State College of Engineering Learning Factory
The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is a hands-on facility for engineering students to use in conjunction with their courses, capstone design, and research projects. The Learning Factory provides modern design, prototyping, and manufacturing facilities, including machining, 3D printing, welding, metrology, and CAD/CAM.

Penn State Materials Research Institute
The Materials Research Institute provides leadership both at Penn State and in the materials community worldwide, coordinating materials-related activities, maintaining core and shared facilities, training students, and fostering collegial exchanges of expertise.

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
DCED’s mission is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
DEP’s mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land, and water from pollution, and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment. They work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources.

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center
SBDC’s mission is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper.

Pittsburgh Technology Council
The Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) can help tech companies succeed through a proven platform of Business Development, Talent Retention, Government Relations and Visibility Services. Companies at all growth stages use the Pittsburgh Technology Council to build new business, connect to capital, grow a workforce and make headlines. Pittsburgh Technology Council members cut across Pittsburgh’s tech sector from hardware and IT to life sciences and application developers. Add in leading-edge professional service firms and the PTC is one of the largest regional IT trade associations in the nation.

SMC Small Business
SMC Business Councils’ (SMC) storied history began nearly 75 years ago as an alliance of smaller manufacturers pursuing World War II contracts. During the decline in manufacturing and the emergence
of high technology in the 1980s, SMC added B2B companies, non-profits, professional services companies and other small businesses to its membership ranks. As the region’s manufacturing base has
become stronger due to increased entrepreneurship, investment from overseas firms and re-shoring from China and elsewhere, SMC is poised, now more than ever, to help prospective members with an exciting wide and range of services, networking opportunities and more. 

Susquehanna Economic Development Association—Council of Governments
SEDA-COG is a regional multi-county development agency which provides leadership, expertise, and services to communities, businesses, institutions, and residents. SEDA-COG seeks to enhance growth opportunities in an environmentally sensitive manner while retaining the region’s predominantly rural character.

Sustainable Pittsburgh
Through its years of engagement with businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits, Sustainable Pittsburgh has maintained a strong pulse on the region’s sustainability challenges and opportunities. From air and water quality to energy efficiency, recycling and waste management, to land use and transportation, workforce development, healthy people and economic prosperity, Sustainable Pittsburgh remains at the forefront of working with organizations to integrate more sustainable development for southwestern Pennsylvania. 

The organization also hosts the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, a free and friendly competition that enables organizations to track sustainability performance and receive positive recognition for their achievements. Learn more about the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge here.

U.S. Economic Development Administration
EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by fostering innovation and competitiveness, to prepare American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.

U.S. Department of Energy
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

Women for a Healthy Environment
Following the 2007 Women’s Health and the Environment conference, a number of women were asked to volunteer their expertise to determine how to best educate and involve women, and the men who love them, about issues related to women’s health and the environment. Women across western Pennsylvania who had a common goal of making our region as strong and healthy as it can be joined this network, which is now called Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE).

Healthy Schools PA program is designed to empower parents, students, educators, staff and administrators to take an active role in creating healthy school environments. By providing tools, guides, and other resources, Healthy Schools PA acts as a bridge between communities and their schools, effectively creating an advocacy network capable of bringing about social and policy change throughout the school system. Learn more about the program here.