Week of: January 8, 2018
JARI will be the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
Jordan Schroll, new owner of Rocco's Sub Shop, outside of his business on 345 Main Street in downtown Johnstown. Photo courtesy of The Tribune-Democrat
JARI Funds Entrepreneur in Downtown Johnstown
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

JARI is pleased to announce Microloan funding for a business in downtown Johnstown. Rocco's Sub Shop, a sub and pizza restaurant located at 345 Main Street, is now owned and operated by Jordan Schroll.

Rocco's originally opened in 2013 and quickly became a popular destination in Johnstown. When it was time to turn the business over to a new owner, Schroll decided he was ready to own and operate his own shop. "I'm very excited to be my own boss and take on this new challenge with the assistance of JARI," noted Schroll. Linda Thomson, JARI President, commented "JARI is excited to be working with another small business in the City of Johnstown providing an excellent restaurant option to the downtown community. "

If you would like assistance in starting or financing your business please contact Michele Clapper, VP of Economic Development, at (814) 262-8368 or via e-mail at mclapper@jari.com.
Over 4 Million Awarded in Tax Credits!
Joette Watson
Chief Financial Officer

JARI is pleased to announce that $4,934,707 in tax credits have been awarded to local companies through the Greater Johnstown Keystone Innovation Zone (GJKIZ) since the inception of the program in 2005. In 2017, $118,190 in tax credits were awarded to five companies. The Commonwealth has a total annual pool of up to $15 million available to eligible companies.
KIZs are designed to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial opportunities. To qualify for the GJKIZ program, a company must be a for-profit located within the territory of the GJKIZ , be fewer than eight years old, and have its primary business within one or more of the following industry sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Environmental/Renewable Energy Technology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Life Sciences

A KIZ company must have an innovative process or have patents, licensing agreements, trademarks and/or copyrights on products or processes created in-house. A company may receive up to $100,000 in tax credits annually if they meet the criteria and the tax credits are available. If there is no tax liability for the company, the credits may be sold for cash.
For more information or to obtain a KIZ application, contact Joette Watson at  jwatson@jari.com  or (814) 262-8372.
Vision2025 Annual Celebration
Ryan Kieta
Vision2025 Consultant

Join Vision2025 on Tuesday, January 23rd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for it's annual celebration as Vision leaders thank the Vision2025 capture teams and over 1,000 volunteers who have lead projects in our community over the past two years!

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with capture team members and learn more about the projects they have taken on in order to build a better Johnstown!

The event, which will be held at Ace's Lounge, is free and anyone is welcome to attend! Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available! Sponsored by This event is sponsored by L ift Johnstown  and The  Community Foundation for the Alleghenies .
January 23, 2018
JARI Center for Business Development
160 Jari Drive, Johnstown
12 PM to 1:15 PM

January 30, 2018
JARI Center for Business Development
160 Jari Drive, Johnstown
12 PM to 1:15 PM
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All Industry Partnership Meeting
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