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Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)

A Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) is an area around a college or university designed to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial opportunities. In the zones, business leaders, academic researchers and economic development officials are encouraged to blend their talents and resources to foster the success of new companies. Partnerships will involve institutions of higher education, private business, business support organizations, commercial lending, venture capital groups, angel networks and foundations. In the Fayette-Washington KIZ, the participating institutions of higher learning are: Penn State Fayette, California University of Pennsylvania, and Washington & Jefferson College.