NEI Launches

Following NEI’s Pioneer Starts Here event, which took place at Electric Works on April 27 and served as the launch of the Pioneer Starts Here (PSH) digital storytelling platform, the organization unveiled The website is dedicated to the Pioneers of our region and includes video stories of the nominees (as well as our 2023 Pioneer Award winner Ariana McGee) and enables others to share theirs. The site creates a catalog of personal, authentic stories that can be used to promote the value of the region.

Business leaders are encouraged to visit the site, nominate for next year’s Pioneer Award and submit their stories at


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