The past two plus years have been full of unexpected challenges and unforeseen opportunities in Pennsylvania. "Key Change" examines how we're adapting through 10 to 15 minute conversations with business and community leaders. This program is produced by Keystone Edge, an online magazine covering what's next and best in Pennsylvania. Read and subscribe at KeystoneEdge.com.
Key Change Episode 11: The Lake Erie wine industry gets fruitful and multiplies
In this episode, it’s time to talk wine. Pennsylvania wine to be exact. Mario Mazza is a second-generation winemaker at Robert Mazza, Inc., an Erie County stalwart preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. We chatted with Mario about his very special — and spectacularly beautiful — corner of the state, life in a family business, and how the local wine industry continues to evolve.
Introducing the Prism podcast from Keystone Edge
Key Change listeners: check out Prism, a new podcast series from Keystone Edge produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The goal of these conversations is to shine a light on the power of creativity in PA communities.
In this episode, we’re talking about immigrants — artists who came from abroad to make Pennsylvania their home. Through their work, these two men are enriching their communities and adding to the commonwealth’s bounty of public art.
Key Change Episode 10: Cheerleading for rural innovation
The rural landscape known as the Pennsylvania Wilds covers approximately 25% of the state’s land acreage, yet is home to just 4% of the population. The former lumber capital of the world boasts 29 state parks, eight state forests, two National Wild and Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the country, and the largest elk herd in the northeast. It is also home to hundreds of small businesses — both those you’d expect (outdoor recreation outfitters and woodworkers) and those that might surprise you, such as high tech manufacturing and artisanal printing. We spoke with Ta Enos, founder and CEO of The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship about her long relationship with the area, and how an exciting partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners provides an additional boost to local innovators.
Key Change Episode 9: Mayor Brandy Schimp goes to bat for her hometown
In our latest episode, we spoke with Brandon “Brandy” Schimp, the recently re-elected mayor of Kane, PA, a charming town up in the PA Wilds — McKean County to be exact. In recent years, this historic hamlet and gateway to the Allegheny National Forest has garnered a lot of attention for its revitalized main street and passionate small business community. We chatted with Mayor Schimp about what drove her to run for office, the latest developments in Kane, and why the area’s natural beauty remains its greatest asset.
Key Change Episode 8: A from-scratch Pittsburgh neighborhood makes progress
Hazelwood Green is a new neighborhood rising from a 178 acre brownfield on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. Where once they made steel, the forces behind this massive mixed-use project hoped to foster innovation and collaboration, building out public spaces, bike lanes, transit, apartments, cutting-edge offices, retail, and waterfront recreation trails. Three years and one global pandemic later, we wanted an update. How have the plans evolved? Are they still on track? What’s coming next?
Key Change Episode 7: An ideal moment to reconsider how and where we work
The conversation around how and particularly where we work has grown increasingly lively over the last few years. Remote work, co-working, digital nomads — all these terms entered the lexicon. Then the pandemic hit, and we became a work-from-home nation overnight. (I’ll take a moment here to shout out the essential workers who didn’t have that option and who continue to deserve our respect and gratitude.) Now, as offices reopen and our schedules fill back up with travel and social engagements, these questions — How? Where? For how long? — are back in a major way.