Week of: October 28, 2019
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Keynote speaker, Joe Markiewicz, played music for the students during the lunch break, resulting in a multi-school dance party.
Area Students Engage With Regional Professionals
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development 
On Thursday, October 24, JARI, Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA), and the Cambria County Drug Coalition hosted the 8th Annual Youth Professional Development Conference (YPDC) at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

The conference hosted nearly 130 students in grades 10-12 from 10 school districts. Students heard from leaders in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to align with the theme of STEAM generators, drawing on the next generation's careers in those areas. Joe Markiewicz, master facilitator and youth trainer of Building Stronger Communities, served as the keynote speaker with a motivational presentation on getting involved in school activities and the community.

YPDC gives students the opportunity to engage with a variety of business and industry leaders and human resources professionals. The community leaders who shared their time as session speakers and panelists include: Molly Thomson, Naval Warfare Center - Dahlgren Division; Mike Hinson, Kitron; Tobie Gunby, AmeriServ; Shawn Kaufman, Riggs Industries; Josh Meyers, Oak & Acorn Painting; Tessa Minnick, Pepsi Bottling Group; and James Selapack, Sourceree. In addition, Mike Messina of the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County provided an overview of the history of Red Ribbon Week.

For more photos, please see our Facebook page by clicking here . The 2020 Youth Conference is scheduled for October 22, 2020. For more information on how you can get involved with the Youth Conference contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or via e-mail at dbalog@jari.com .

Employer Panelist Presenters (left to right): Shawn Kaufman, Tobie Gunby, Josh Meyers, Tessa Minnick, James Selapack.
Photo of Stackhouse Park courtesy of American Trail Running Association
American Trail Running Association Spotlights Local Businesses

Local businesses were nationally recognized in an article by the American Trail Running Association this week. JARI clients such as Classic Elements, Flood City Café, Stone Bridge Brewing Company, Balance Restaurant, Press Bistro, and Hope Cyclery were promoted in the article highlighting Johnstown as a destination for trail running as well as dining and recreation. Click here to read the full article.
Reminder: M2M Workshop Deadline is Monday, November 4th!

Small businesses are invited to attend a M2M Supply Chain Workshop on November 6, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.  in partnership with Catalyst Connection and Click here for more information. To register, contact Debi Balog at 814-262-8366 or by E-mail at dbalog@jari.com .
PTAC Clients can attend Govology Webinars for FREE!
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager 

Did you know clients of the JARI Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can register for Govology webinars at no cost? 

Govology, presenting an average of two to three live webinars per month, has access to national experts on a variety of government contracting topics. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Marketing to Government Agencies and Prime Contractors on October 31
  • How To Competitively Respond to a Sources Sought and Influence the Acquisition on November 7
  • How to Win More Federal Contracts with Competitive Pricing on November 21

Active JARI PTAC clients interested in attending any of the Govology webinars can contact the PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 425-5098 or via email at jariptac@jari.com for your code.  If you are not a current PTAC client and would like to know more, please contact us today to schedule a meeting. 
Census 2020: Make Sure You're Counted!

The next decennial census is just around the corner in 2020. Make sure you’re counted! An accurate snapshot means that communities across the nation receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. And your responses are confidential.

To learn how the U.S. Census Bureau protects your information, click here .
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