On July 14th, PCDworks co-founders Donna Rainone and Mike Rainone hosted the inaugural event to launch an organizational effort for a regional innovation partnership. More than 30 guests holding positions in higher education, economic development leadership, and county and city governments came together to discuss how to drive economic rejuvenation, workforce development and attract new manufacturing to East Texas.

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