Week of: February 25, 2019
JARI is the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
Outgoing board members with JARI President, Linda Thomson (left to right): Mike Kane, Jeff Cramer, Bill Uhlig, Bill Locher and Amy Nielsen
Outgoing board members not pictured: Bill Polacek, Matt Smith, Mark Parseghian III and Kathleen Wallace
2019 Board Appointments Announced
Linda Thomson


JARI officers elected to a one-year term:
  • Chairman: Elmer Laslo, 1st Summit Bank
  • First Vice Chair: William Caldwell, DLP Conemaugh Health System
  • Second Vice Chair: Marty Radovanic, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Secretary: Bob Eyer, Wessel & Company
  • Asst. Secretary: Greg Winger, First National Bank of PA
  • Treasurer: Jeff Stopko, AmeriServ Financial
  • Asst. Treasurer: Dr. Randy Frye, Saint Francis University

New JARI Directors appointed for a three-year term:
  • Tara Bosserman, Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped
  • Adam Murphy, Sourceree
  • Amy Nielsen, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates

Special thanks to Bill Polacek, JWF Industries for his dedication in serving as the board Chairman for the past five years! Another thank you to Mike Kane, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies; Bill Locher, Somerset Trust Company; and Matt Smith, Laurel Auto Group, for their tenure on the JARI Board of Directors.


  • JIDC Chair: John Boderocco, H. F. Lenz Company

New JIDC Directors elected for a one-year term:
  • Jim Huerth, AmeriServ Financial
  • Ned Kendall, First Energy
  • Deb Krise, Marion Center Bank
  • Mike Stevens, Somerset Trust Company

We would like to extend our appreciation to outgoing board members: Jeff Cramer, 1 st Summit Bank; Mark Parseghian III; Bill Uhlig, First Energy; and Kathleen Wallace, AmeriServ Financial.

JARI Growth Fund

  • JGF Chair: Steve Howsare, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission

New JGF Directors elected for a one-year term:
  • Brad Burger, Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies

Many thanks to Amy Nielsen, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, for her years of service as Vice Chair.

For a complete list of JARI and its affiliates’ board members, please visit www.jari.com .
Registration Now Open for Cyber Security & 800-171 Workshop
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager
Please join us on Tuesday, March 26th from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at the JARI Center for Business Development, 160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, for an informative NIST 800-171 workshop. The workshop is presented by Dr. Kevin Slonka, Precision Business Solutions and Brian Shrift, Gryphon Technologies, Inc.

The workshop will cover:
  • Do we have to comply?
  • Penalties of non-compliance
  • How compliance affects you (and why it's not so bad)

Registration is open through Friday, March 22nd. Click here for more information. Please contact us with any questions at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com .  
Pennsylvania Highlands Receives $500K Grant for STEM Programs
The Tribune-Democrat

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been awarded a grant for nearly $500,000 as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative.

The college was one of several schools that shared $9.6 million in grants to enhance science and technology education across the state.

Click here to read the full Tribune-Democrat article.
Flood City Flooring Hosting Ribbon Cutting Event
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Flood City Flooring LLC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, March 8, at 2 PM for their grand opening at 225 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA. Please plan to join us in celebrating this new business!
Click here for more information!
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