Penn State's Figurelle to help guide economic development association

December 08, 2008

University Park, Pa--Wayne Figurelle, the director of Penn State’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistant Program, known as PennTAP (, has been appointed to the board of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). UEDA, based in Towson, Md., focuses on universities’ role in economic development and “provides a forum for a diverse membership with the common goals of enhancing enterprise competitiveness and community wealth,” according to the organization.

PennTAP, part of Penn State Outreach’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, has provided a limited amount of free technical assistance to nonprofits and small businesses in Pennsylvania since 1965, through a statewide network of technical specialists—saving time, money and jobs. Over the last five years, it has provided about 3,500 cases of technology assistance across all 67 counties.

As a member of the board of UEDA, Figurelle will be helping with the strategic direction of the organization; promotion of the organization, including membership; and the planning of the annual UEDA conference.

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) engages, guides and empowers businesses and organizations throughout the Commonwealth and
beyond by providing objective and experience-based technical and workforce solutions that enable clients to succeed and thrive-—stimulating economic growth for Pennsylvania. PennTAP reported more than 1,000 jobs created or retained and $52 million in economic benefits as a result of help in 2007. For more information, visit online. PennTAP is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.


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