7 Centre County companies in running for Governor’s Impact Award

From CDT staff reportsApril 5, 2014 

Seven Centre County companies are finalists for the Governor’s Impact Awards, which recognize companies and individuals investing and creating jobs in Pennsylvania.

In central Pennsylvania, 25 companies are among the finalists out of 43 originally nominated.

“This year’s program drew an excellent group of nominees whose achievements were all outstanding,” said Betsy Lockwood, Central Region PREP coordinator, in a news release.

PREP, or Partners for Regional Economic Performance, is a network of business assistance providers working together to coordinate economic development efforts, according to the news release.

There are five Impact Award categories:

• Community Impact, which includes finalist Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in State College;

• Entrepreneur Impact, which includes Todd Erdley, of Videon Central Inc. in State College; Don Heaney, of Advanced Powder Products in Philipsburg; and Brian Hoopsick, of PSR Inc. in Philipsburg;

• Export Impact, which includes AcousticSheep LLC, in Bellefonte, and SilcoTek, in Benner Township;

• Jobs First, which includes Mission Critical Partners Inc., of Port Matilda; and

• Small Business, which did not include any Centre County companies on the finalist list.

Winners will be announced at the a luncheon in Hershey on May 30.

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