The statewide Industrial Resource Center Network was recently chosen to implement a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania initiative to help manufacturers grow their businesses through the effective use of the latest broadband, Internet and Cloud computing technologies. As part of this effort, manufacturers throughout northeastern Pennsylvania are now eligible to receive a no-cost broadband, Website, Internet usage and Cloud computing assessment.

Each assessment will include a comprehensive analysis of how well the company utilizes the latest information technology tools, a written report of recommendations and opportunities to better leverage new technologies, a Website assessment and an Action Plan designed to help the company grow through the application of the latest technologies. Participating companies may also be eligible for a $1,000 grant to implement some or all of the Action Plan recommendations.

Participation in this initiative is limited to 25 northeastern Pennsylvania companies. Manufacturers interested in participating are encouraged to contact NEPIRC at