Week of: November 27, 2017



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JARI will be the  collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
Kenneth Stanton, Owner/Operator of Manor Meadows Farm, standing with his prize winning cow.
JARI Funds Second Bedford County Business
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

JARI and the Bedford County Development Association (BCDA) are pleased to announce funding for a second Microloan business in Bedford County.  Manor Meadows Farm, a Land of Lakes approved dairy farm, is owned and operated by Kenneth Stanton.

Manor Meadows Farm began approximately five years ago when Stanton was deeded a piece of his parent's property. He is purchasing an additional herd of dairy cows in order to increase his production. "I'm very excited that I will be able to grow my business with the assistance of JARI," noted Stanton.  Linda Thomson, JARI President, commented " JARI is very excited to be working with an agricultural business in Bedford County that has an opportunity to grow production. This is great for our region." 

If you would like assistance in starting your own business please contact Michele Clapper, VP of Economic Development, at (814) 262-8368 or via e-mail at  mclapper@jari.com.

TRAC Community Resource & Job Fair
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

The Transitional Re-entry Advisory Committee (TRAC) hosted a Community Resource & Job Fair on Friday, November 17th in Johnstown.

Nearly 115 people attended the event  in hopes of gaining useful information and leads on potential job opportunities.  The fair hosted 32 agencies, 4 schools and 12 employers.

The purpose of the fair was to provide pertinent information on resources and jobs available to individuals wanting a second chance in life and to those who are struggling to find employment in our area.

For more information on the TRAC program, contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director, at dbalog@jari.com or (814) 262-8366.

Legal Structures for Business...The Pros and Cons
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

On Tuesday, December 19th,  Attorney George Gvozdich, will be discussing the pros and cons of various legal structures for businesses. Attendees will also learn about the liabilities and benefits, as well as discuss the tax implications of each .
This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12 PM to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided. 
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form. Registrations are due by December 18th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.
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