'Creating a vibrant future' community discussion to be held at Penn State Beaver

The Current, a Beaver County speaker series, continues Feb. 21
An aerial view of Beaver County with a river bending in the left of the photograph, a bridge, and a town to the right

How leaders and community members can create a vibrant future for Beaver County is the topic of the next Current event. Pictured is an aerial view of Beaver County showing the Ohio River and the East Rochester-Monaca Bridge.

Credit: Christopher Padgett

MONACA, Pa. — The future of Beaver County, including innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities, will be the topic of The Current speaker series event at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Penn State Beaver.
Leading the conversation will be Lew Villotti, president of the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development, and Ashu Kumar, Penn State Beaver assistant teaching professor of information technology and chief catalyst of the Beaver Valley LaunchBox.
“Villotti and Kumar are two Beaver County leaders who are committed to fostering innovative thinking that will increase the vibrancy of our borough downtowns,” said Penn State Beaver Interim Chancellor Carey McDougall. “As speakers they will share great stories and ways of thinking that are inspiring and infectious, leaving participants with concrete steps to make our future better.”
The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held in Room 116 of the General Classroom Building. A map of the campus and the building, often referred to as “the GCB,” can be found here.
A southwestern Pennsylvania native, Villotti has an extensive background in federal, state and regional economic development initiatives. 
Kumar, who supports local development through his work with entrepreneurs via the Beaver Valley LaunchBox, will lead participants of the session through an activity designed to spur entrepreneurial thinking and conversation.
This interactive installment of The Current series is a chance to participate in a conversation about the future of Beaver County with other leaders and residents who want to see the county grow and innovate as it moves into the future.