Week of: December 3rd, 2018
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Last Call: Video in Marketing Lunch & Learn
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development
Video has far more uses in marketing than the traditional 30-second TV ad! On Thursday, December 6 th , Brian Law, President of Prime Design Solutions and Innovative Tomato, will talk about the expanded role of video in marketing today, including:
  • Innovative uses of video to promote your business
  • How video can support your content marketing strategy
  • Creative ways of distributing video, including through social media

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click  here  to register TODAY! No shows on the day of the event will be billed.
Startup Alleghenies Expands to Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties #StartRHRN  
José Otero
Entrepreneurial & Procurement Specialist

Startup Alleghenies (SUA) has announced that it will extend its comprehensive support for entrepreneurs in the Alleghenies to three additional counties beginning immediately. These counties include: Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon.

“We’re able to expand our Right Here. Right Now. movement because of generous funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC),” said Debbi Prosser, director business-development, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC). 

“In expanding our POWER grant, ARC acknowledged the success of the Startup Alleghenies movement due in large part to our network of committed partners in Blair, Cambria and Somerset Counties,” Prosser added.

A press conference was held today at Olde Bedford Brewery in Bedford, Pa., to introduce two new SUA entrepreneurial Coaches, Debra Clark and Andrew Trexler, to provide full details of ecosystem-wide benefits for entrepreneurs.  

To find out more about Startup Alleghenies and to get involved, visit their website today!
Picture of participants at Historical Buildings' Reuse Workshop #1 on 9/26/18
Second Workshop Scheduled for Historical Buildings’ Reuse  
Ryan Kieta
Vision2025 Consultant

Two Vision2025 capture teams have announced plans for a “cafeteria style” public workshop, designed to assist historical building owners with the challenges and opportunities of reusing their buildings. “Historical Building Reuse Workshop #2” will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 , at the Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center at Broad Street and Sixth Avenue in Cambria City.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for historical-building developers to meet with code experts and public officials,” said Rick Truscello, who chairs the Historical Buildings and Codes Capture Team. “The workshop is designed to provide developers and owners with one-on-one contact with these experts.”

Stations will be organized to provide guidance on:
  • Building Code Overview
  • Zoning Overview
  • Floodplain Regulations Overview

Workshop participants will be able to pick and choose among the stations and spend as much time as needed at those stations, addressing their individual questions and concerns.

Two other workshops will be scheduled in the near future:
  • Workshop #3 will look at a specific building as a case study in how multiple uses can be included within a single historical building.
  • Workshop #4 will present opportunities to potential developers and investors.

To learn more about the event, visit Johnstown Area Heritage Association's website, today!

Funding to underwrite the costs of the workshops has been provided through a PITTchFEST ’18 award and grants through Vision2025.
Pre-qualified DBE Contractors & Consultants - You're Invited!
Lenora Leasure
Program Manager, Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Center, Cheyney University, is holding a networking event for Pre-qualified DBE Contractors and DBE Consultants on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh. 

Getting Ready for Primetime ” will be held at the Constructors Association of Western PA from 9:00 am – 11:00am. 

Similar to “speed dating”, ready-to-work DBE firms will get the chance to individually meet with Prime contractors looking for subcontractors through short, one-on-one meetings. 

When:  Friday, December 14, 2018
Time:   9:00 am – 11:00am
Where: 800 Cranberry Woods Drive, Suite 100, Cranberry Township, PA

To learn more about this event and to register, please click here .

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