JARI Recognizes 45th Anniversary
For 45 years, JARI has been at the forefront of economic development in our region. Over the next several weeks, we would like to share some of JARI's history with you.
In response to Bethlehem Steel's announcement in 1973 that it planned to shut down Johnstown operations within six years, city leaders made the decision to regionalize and diversify industrial and economic development activities. Bethlehem Steel funded a study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) which resulted in recommendations regarding the region's economic situation. JARI was created based on the ULI recommendations, and opinions and recommendations from community leaders.
As a result, JARI was incorporated in December 1973. We thank JARI's founding fathers for their foresight, wisdom and perseverance:
Louis G. Galliker
Daniel S Glosser
Andrew J Koban
Walter W. Krebs
Charles Kunkle, Jr.
Howard M. Picking, Jr.
Frank J. Pasquerilla
JARI's first board of directors was elected in 1974, and they began the arduous task of transforming and diversifying the region. We would like to extend our appreciation to those who have served on the boards of directors of JARI and its affiliate organizations over the past 45 years.