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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Welcomes New Board Member

Lisa RiggsLisa Riggs was appointed to the Ben Franklin Board of Directors at their September meeting.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania is excited to welcome Lisa Riggs to the board of directors. Bringing diverse and extensive experience in community and organizational development, Lisa shares Ben Franklin’s core values of addressing the needs of our local communities and fostering innovation and economic growth.

“We’re honored to welcome Lisa to the Board and know that her knowledge and business experience will be a huge asset to the Ben Franklin family,” said Stephen Brawley, President & CEO of Ben Franklin. “Her leadership will help our local communities advance, grow, and thrive economically.”

Lisa Riggs serves as the President of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County and EDC Finance, having joined the organizations in 2014. She has led the organization’s increased focus on supporting existing businesses to stay and grow in Lancaster while adding data analytics to underpin EDC’s economic strategies.

“I’m excited to serve on the Board as I’ve worked with Ben Franklin for nearly twenty years,” said Lisa Riggs. “Ben Franklin offers critical and much-needed resources to entrepreneurs and innovators across the Commonwealth. I’m looking forward to learning from the talented staff and Board of Directors and am hoping also to be a strong ambassador of the program in Lancaster County.”

Riggs is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and currently serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, Discover Lancaster, and the Lancaster STEM Alliance, along with serving on the Steering Committee of the Lancaster Clean Water Partners, the Lancaster County Agricultural Council, and the Lancaster Cunty Transportation Technical Advisory Committee.

About Ben Franklin Technology Partners: The largest seed investor in our region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners (an initiative of the PA Department of Community & Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority) has been providing investment capital, business support services, and operational assistance to emerging tech-startups and small manufacturers for nearly 40 years. Learn more at