Partnerships Penn State New Kensington Industry 4.0 Have you heard about the new industrial revolution? WCIDC has partnered with Penn State New Kensington (PSNK) to make sure everyone is taking part in Industry 4.0. What is Industry 4.0? Rapid advances in technology have not only affected the field of information technology or computer science, but have also affected almost every business and industry, including manufacturing. The momentum of artificial intelligence, robotics and data analysis is fueling what will be the next industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0. What’s next? Westmoreland County has the opportunity to become a model for how a rural and small urban area county can take advantage of the digital age. To do this, everyone must be informed. WCIDC, PSNK, along with our corporate partners made the first step in raising awareness when nearly 200 business, industry, education and policy leaders joined together for the "Digital Revolution" Industry 4.0 luncheon at Penn State New Kensington. The event featured a keynote speech by Illah Nourbakhsh, a renowned robotics expert, and a panel of industry and educational experts talking about the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, and how it is affecting and will affect all fields. The goal of the event, sponsored by Kennametal Inc, was to bring an introductory awareness of Industry 4.0 and how leaders can begin preparing for the future. Cited as a strategy in the county’s comprehensive plan, Industry 4.0 will continue to be a focus as county officials work on ways to build a workforce for the future. The Corner It has been a year since the WCIDC, in partnership with PSNK, opened the doors to The Corner, an entrepreneurial center located in downtown New Kensington. The Corner provides access to the Corner Launchbox entrepreneurial programming, as well as active, membership-driven co-working space, operated by Pittsburgh’s Beauty Shoppe. Over the past year, The Corner has reached many milestones. It has recruited and retained 19 co-workers who are small business owners to the downtown area. Additionally, it has hosted more than 250 individuals regarding entrepreneurial or small business programming, and facilitated collaborative efforts with more than 25 partners such as Arconic and Siemens. The Digital Revolution Industry 4.0 and Its Impact on Future Workforce and Education 8 RIDC Westmoreland Through a partnership with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, WCIDC is involved in the renovation, marketing and operation of RIDC Westmoreland located in New Stanton. The conversion of the 2.8-million-square-foot facility into a multi- tenant facility has already results in leases with: DNP IMS America, Cenveo and Westmoreland College’s Advanced Technology Center. This year, Siemens opened their new 300,000-square-foot Pittsburgh Service Center. The $32 million state-of-the-art facility is home to Siemens Turbine Generator Specialty Services TGSS), which supports approximately 150 employees working in the company’s large-scale turbine and generator business. To date, approximately 1 million square-feet of space has been leased to long-term tenants. WCIDCAnnualReport19links_Layout 1 2/25/19 11:48 AM Page 8