Ben Franklin Technology Partners Releases Independent Report on its Economic Impact on Pennsylvania

Posted on June 6, 2013 in News & Announcements

BFTP Returned $3.60 for Each $1 Invested by PA

Harrisburg, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), celebrating its 30th year, held an event today at the Harrisburg State Capitol Building to announce the results of an independent, third-party evaluation of its impact on the State’s economy. Conducted by the Pennsylvania Economy League and KLIOS Consulting, the report covers the five-year timeframe from 2007 through 2011. The report found:

  • BFTP boosted the Pennsylvania economy (Gross State Product) by $6.6 Billion from 2007 through 2011.
  • Since 1989, BFTP has boosted the state’s economy by more than $23.5 billion.
  • From 2007 through 2011, the Commonwealth received $358 million in additional state tax receipts as a direct result of BFTP investments in client firms. Another $144 million in state tax receipts flowed from related BFTP client services, for a total increase of $502 million in state revenue due to BFTP.
  • New state tax revenue generated because of BFTP represents a 3.6 to 1 payback to the Commonwealth on its $137.7 million investment during that period.
  • From 2007 through 2011, The BFTPs generated 7,485 additional jobs in client firms.
  • Client revenues, purchasing and investments rippled throughout the Pennsylvania economy, giving rise to higher employment across the state. From 2007 through 2011, BFTP generated an additional 12,715 jobs beyond those in client firms.
  • BFTP produced a total of 20,200 jobs in the Commonwealth between 2007 through 2011 that otherwise would not have existed.
  • Since 1989, BFTP has generated 51,000 additional jobs in client firms.
  • Since 1989, BFTP generated 89,000 additional jobs as a result of increased purchasing and investment by client firms, yielding a total of 140,000 new jobs attributable to BFTP’s work.
  • BFTP, which is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, is a statewide program that provides investment capital, business support services, incubation programs, and entrepreneurial training in the Commonwealth. Originally chartered on December 6, 1982 by then-Governor Dick Thornburgh, the program is frequently cited as the gold standard for technology-based economic development.

Opening remarks about the impressive results of the evaluation, as well as the Ben Franklin Program’s 30-Year anniversary celebration were delivered by Carolyn Boser Newhouse, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Deputy Secretary Newhouse commented, “Thirty-years ago Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh and the Pennsylvania Legislature launched an exciting, innovative and game-changing initiative that continues to evolve and have a tremendous economic impact in the commonwealth. The Department of Community & Economic Development will continue to collaborate with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners to make Pennsylvania a top U.S. location for entrepreneurs to start here, grow here and thrive here.”

Steve Wray, Managing Director of the PA Economy League, an organization that works in partnership with government, business, and civic groups to present fact-based insights;
and Rich Stein of KLIOS Inc., a management and economic consulting firm that specializes in technology-based economic development, presented the results and answered questions about how the study was conducted and the results evaluated.

Wray commented, “The Pennsylvania Economy League was glad to partner with BFTP for the second time on an economic impact report. We believe it is valuable for the Pennsylvania taxpayers to have the economic development organizations they support undertake this type of analysis. BFTP is to be credited for the special rigor and objectivity of this report.”

Stein noted, “These results are impressive. This report clearly shows that in a time of severe economic strain, BFTP consistently added jobs and tax revenue to the PA economy. I think this performance illustrates the BFTP’s deep institutional knowledge in action.”

“We are proud to celebrate our 30th year of helping PA’s talented entrepreneurs bring their Dreams to Reality!,” said RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “This report demonstrates the validity of the BFTP model, that continued to generate measurable value for the Commonwealth despite a weak economy and reduced resources,” she added.

Click here for the full report.



About Ben Franklin Technology Partners

dcedpreferredhorizrighthighThe Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides investment capital, operational assistance, and entrepreneurial support to emerging technology-based companies and established manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. For more information click on


About Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Ben Franklin is celebrating our 30th year of helping our region’s talented entrepreneurs bring their Dreams to Reality. Ben Franklin is a national, award winning organization for Stimulating Entrepreneurial Potential, through entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. We grow technology companies and partnerships through the Capital, Knowledge and Networks that help innovative enterprises compete in the global marketplace, generating wealth and supporting regional economic growth. Ben Franklin has invested more than $165 million to grow more than 1,750 regional enterprises, across all areas of technology. It has launched university/industry partnerships that accelerate scientific discoveries to commercialization. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

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