Week of: November 26, 2018
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After decades of pushing, Route 219 extension opens in Somerset County

Linda Thomson
JARI President
Randy Griffith

SOMERSET – Frigid air and biting winds greeting those attending the U.S. Route 219 extension ribbon cutting may have been appropriate, highway advocate G. Henry Cook, of Somerset, said after the program. 
Cook is CEO and Chairman of Somerset Trust Co. and has been promoting completion of the Route 219 four-lanes for decades. 

It hasn’t been easy, Cook and other leaders said during Wednesday’s program, held on the southbound lanes of the new highway just south of Somerset. He recalled a former state transportation secretary who was not in favor of the investment. 

“He said it would be a cold day in hell when this was built,” Cook said on Wednesday. 
Cook said it was a community effort to see the $330 million project that led to Wednesday’s opening of the 11-mile connection between Somerset and Meyersdale, but he and others at the ceremony said more needs to be done...

Ron Aldom, executive director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday’s milestone is huge. 

“There’s no question this is an historic day because this roadway will change the life of Somerset County,” Aldom said. “It will change the life of the people of Somerset.”
Tree Tenders Training - This Saturday!
Ryan Kieta
Vision2025 Consultant

Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself. Become a Tree Tender and help increase tree canopy cover in your community.
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Tree Tenders Training includes:
- Tree Biology
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- Tree Identification
- Tree Pruning and Root Care
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SAVE $35! FREE registration for Cambria County residents! 
Video in Marketing
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development
Video has far more uses in marketing than the traditional 30-second TV ad! On Thursday, December 6 th , Brian Law, President of Prime Design Solutions and Innovative Tomato, will talk about the expanded role of video in marketing today, including:
  • Innovative uses of video to promote your business
  • How video can support your content marketing strategy
  • Creative ways of distributing video, including through social media

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click  here  to register by December 4th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.
Casting Call! Applications Due January 10, 2019!
José Otero
Entrepreneurial & Procurement Specialist
With dozens of tech-startups already launched that have created nearly 200 full or part-time jobs in Central PA, this proven methodology can work for you too! Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @ Somerset is inviting the area’s emerging tech-entrepreneurs to participate in an intensive 8-Week Startup Accelerator. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! They provide up to $1,000 toward initial legal, accounting, or customer discovery costs plus the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of potential investors at the completion of the course. The top team will receive up to $10,000 to help get their business from StartUP to UP and running!

Beginning January 22, 2019, the eight-week program will be held at Uptown Works of Somerset, PA.  Our Accelerators are free of charge, but space is limited and applications are due by January 10th. Contact Jerry Hudson at jrh498@psu.edu or José Otero at JOtero@jari.com.

Click here for more information.

When:  January 22 – March 14, 2019
Time:  Tuesday – Group class 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM. 
Where: Uptown Works – 109 E Main St, Somerset, PA 15501

Space is limited

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Not only will you receive up to $1,000 to help with your initial accounting, legal, or customer discovery costs, you will also have the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of judges at the completion of the eight weeks. If you win, you could be awarded up to $10,000 in seed funding to help get your startup up and running. Not sure if a Tech Celerator is right for you? Check out this video of a recent graduation event held in Johnstown.
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