Week of: April 16, 2018
JARI will be the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
FirstEnergy Foundation Supports JARI With Contribution
Linda Thomson

Thanks to FirstEnergy Foundation for supporting JARI with a $3000 contribution for economic development activity in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Pictured above are Bill Uhlig, representing FirstEnergy and Linda Thomson, JARI.  
Right Here. Right Now. Thought Leader Summit on Entrepreneurship
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Join the Startup Alleghenies and other entrepreneurs from across the area for a one-day, free event on Monday, April 30th at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Attendees at the "Right Here. Right Now. Thought Leadership Summit on Entrepreneurship" will have the opportunity to l isten and engage with national and local experts who will be discussing the issues of rural entrepreneurship in America’s rustbelt. Keynote speaker, Chris Heivly, will talk about "Building the Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success."

Roundtable panelists from the Praxis Strategy Group, Entreworks, Rain Source Capital, and many others will be sharing their insights on innovation, startups and entrepreneurship. Guests will have a chance to ask questions, be introduced to an exciting showcase of local startups, and enjoy networking during the afternoon cocktail event.

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, an established entrepreneur or business leader, this day is sure to inspire the next chapter in the Southern Alleghenies. For more information on Startup Alleghenies and to register for this event visit  StartRightHereRightNow.org .
Students from Somerset County school districts listen to a panel of experts from various industries.
Students Making Plans for the Future
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

On April 5th, over 400 high school students from 11 Somerset County high schools attended the Somerset County College and Technical Fair.

Students had the opportunity to discuss education and career options with representatives from 59 colleges, technical schools, the military and skilled trade organizations. The fair also included a panel of employers who provided the students with insight on careers within their respective industries as well as information on the importance of critical workplace behaviors. Many thanks to the employers who participated on the panel:

  • Tessa Minnick, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, PepsiCo
  • Travis Stouffer, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business and Enterprise, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Rick Huffman, Human Resources Director, Alternative Community Resource Program
  • Capri Stiles-Mikesell, Educator of Biosecurity and Animal Well-Being, Penn State Extension
  • Arleen Dacey, Director Risk Management, EEO Officer, FAY Company

The fair was hosted by Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset County Foundation.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA)
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Expertise Matters Webinar

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Online beginning at 10:30 AM
Showcase for Commerce
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