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18 Pennsylvania Companies to Watch in 2015

As we look forward to the new year, Keystone Edge highlights a group of game-changing Commonwealth companies. Whether they're brewing beer, saving lives, making life more convenient or helping kids learn better, these startups are poised for a big 2015. 

Comics at South Philly Comics

Drawing Room: A comprehensive guide to Philadelphia's comic book shops

The City of Brotherly Love is still a bastion for quirky independent stores selling classic superhero tales, rare back issues, manga, independent titles and more. As comics continue to provide grist for the blockbuster mill, don't neglect the charms of the source material.

The South Side offices of Schell Games

The best places to work in Pittsburgh's booming tech scene

Check out this list of growing Steel City tech companies helping to shape Pittsburgh's future.

The renovated station

Lancaster's historic train station gets $18 million spruce-up

It was time for a facelift at the state's second-busiest Amtrak station, starting with the guts and ending with its gorgeous historic details. This investment signals Pennsylvania's continued commitment to train travel and to Lancaster as a destination.
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Founders

Phillip Thomas of Denovonow

Phillip Thomas of Denovonow

City: Philadelphia

This Philly founder turned his own weight-loss success into a powerful app-based tool for those with chronic illness.

Dr. David C. Brown of Snake Creek Lasers

Dr. David C. Brown of Snake Creek Lasers

City: Friendsville

This laser expert turned disappointment into a fervor for entrepreneurship.

Mark Dillon of BioMed Sciences Inc.

Mark Dillon of BioMed Sciences Inc.

City: Allentown

What started as a college thesis project has become a growing company that treats burns and scars across the globe.

John Collins of Fleet Genius (Prova Systems)

John Collins of Fleet Genius (Prova Systems)

City: Carbondale

This Carbondale-based company helps managers control and monitor large fleets of vehicles.

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Companies

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Site2

City: Scranton
Industry: Business Services,Entrepreneurship,Investment - Northeast
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Gecko Robotics LLC

City: Hermitage
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials,Design,Energy,Entrepreneurship,High Technology,Investment - Southwest

485 companies and growing.

Featured City


Wilkes-Barre

The Susquehanna River has long been a defining characteristic of Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County and now, more than ever, it's a symbol of the city's rebirth. The $23 million River Common project, which opened to the public in 2009 on either side of the Market Street Bridge, provides city residents with an amphitheater, common areas and designated parklands for entertainment, recreation and various other public uses.

In fact, aside from its well-preserved historic architecture, downtown Wilkes-Barre bears little resemblance to the city to which coal drew thousands of immigrant workers a century earlier and was ravaged by the Agnes Flood in 1972. It has rapidly become a walkable college downtown community with a burgeoning technology sector.

The redevelopment project at Northampton and Main Streets has also played a major role, drawing 500,000 movie-goers annually to its R/C Theaters, spawning 23 new businesses and selling two-thirds of its 21 condo units in a down economy. The nation's first jointly run Barnes & Noble is evidence of the city's higher education institutions-King's and Wilkes-playing an increased role in Wilkes-Barre's development. A city once yearning for a new feel has also become the home of separate business incubators that have become highly skilled in seeding and building successful technology companies.