Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Competitive Advantage in a 21st Century Energy Economy

The 1st Annual Innovation Conference, June 2-3, is focusing on additive manufacturing with specific interest in 3D printing. Our three keynote speakers include Brian Slocum, Robert Zubrickie, and Denise Brinley. Ms. Brinley’s¬†keynote abstract, “Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Competitive Advantage in a 21st Century Energy Economy” can be view here.


Denise is the¬†Special Assistant to the Secretary – Strategic Industry Initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. In her role, she assists the agency with developing investment, business development, and recruitment strategies for the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s access to natural gas, the upcoming pipeline infrastructure build out, impaired properties that hold great potential for redevelopment, and the existing industrial and manufacturing base position the Commonwealth for sustained economic growth- and will be key areas of focus for Ms. Brinley.

Her position includes building effective relationships with private companies, public officials, federal and state agencies, non-government organizations, and other partners to further the agency’s strategic agenda. She focuses on partnership-building, both internally and externally, and developing major departmental initiatives that demonstrate the inextricable links between economic and community development, the private and public sectors, the economy, and the environment.

Most recently, Denise served as vice president and principal environmental consultant in TRC Corporation’s Harrisburg office, focusing primarily on natural gas, wetland mitigation banking, and brownfield redevelopment. Prior to joining TRC, Brinley served as director of DEP’s Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields, where she oversaw the Commonwealth’s comprehensive environmental cleanup programs, including the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Ms. Brinley also served as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Community Revitalization and Local Government Support, where she forged partnerships with economic and industrial development associations, local governments, private developers and the business community. She has a bachelor’s degree in geoscience from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Maryland at College Park.