Co-authors of The Jefferson Essay: "Erie's Advanced Industries," Drs. Wertz
and Wood will examine Advanced Industries, the backbone of the American
economy in the 21st century. These industries invest deeply in research and
development, as they nurture and procure skilled labor capable of innovating
and adapting to the needs and demands of market forces and industrial
change. What does this mean for Erie County? For Corry, Pennsylvania
specifically? This presentation will examine the current state of Advanced
Industries nationally and locally to see where we are and project where we
may go as the region works to define its path towards a robust economic
– R. James Wertz, Ph.D. and Perry Wood, Ed.D.
R. James Wertz, Ph.D.
Dr. Wertz serves as the Director of the Honors Program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is an Assistant Professor of journalism and digital media as well as the journalism program coordinator in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. Dr. Wertz has also taught courses in U.S. and Latin American history in Edinboro University’s Department of History, Anthropology, and World Languages. A Reading, Pa. native, Wertz earned concurrent Bachelor Degrees in History and Speech Communication from Edinboro University, received a master’s degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., where he studied the history of American politics and culture in post-1945 America, and completed his Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.