Welcome to Pennsylvania's Innovation Economy Dashboard. This dashboard, along with the report: Pennsylvania's Innovation Economy Annual Report (May 2021), was developed by students at Carnegie Mellon University. The information here focuses on translating new ideas into jobs, developing and maintaining a talented workforce, and connecting workers to jobs--to keep our state prosperous, competitive, and supportive of all Pennsylvanians.
The GIS Department has now created an Open Data Site for the free distribution of GIS Data. This site allows you to search for layers by key words or by themes.
You can download the data in Excel spreadsheet format, or via ArcGIS Shapefile format. You can also filter the selection prior to downloading the data. Additionally, we have links to our public facing Mapping websites and story boards.
The federal government defines cost-burdened households as those that pay over 30% of household income to rent or mortgage payments. This is caused by high housing prices, low incomes, or both. This is an indicator of whether citizens are sharing in a region’s economic growth: as home prices rise, wages should rise, too. While high housing prices can indicate a region’s attractiveness, they can also deter potential new inhabitants from moving in and contributing to the local economy.
This data shows DEP’s performance under the terms of its Permit Decision Guarantee Policy. All authorizations that have time frames listed in Appendix A of that Policy are grouped by program and by fiscal year. Trends in the column “Disposed on Time” reflect DEP’s progress toward the aspirational goal of 100% of received permits processed on time.
The data shows actions that occurred in each fiscal year. For example, it shows the number of applications received in that year and the number disposed in that year. If an application is received in one year and disposed in the next year, then it will be counted in “Received” for the first year and in “Disposed” for the next year.
Immigrants living in Pennsylvania are a key driver of the economy. They make up 7% of the state’s population, but about 10% of the entrepreneurs. They are also over-represented as workers and founders in the science and technology industries. The top countries of origin for Pennsylvania’s foreign-born population are India, Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, and Vietnam. (1)
Vital information, processes, and connections are increasingly happening online, which students, workers, and businesses need to reach their full potential. Reliable access to high-speed broadband also reflects a place's ability to attract the most highly skilled workers or dynamic firms, especially with the rising trend of remote work.
The data represents the average broadband subscription rate across the counties comprising each PREP region.
The official FCC broadband definition is a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
Cable/fiber internet connection is used to define access to broadband, since these are the most commonly used and currently best two types of internet for a fast connection. Other technologies are less preferable due to slowness, instability, data caps, and latency.
Access to broadband by PREP Region represents the average access across the counties comprising each PREP region.