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Project Welcome Mat Details Announced
Opportunities for Local Businesses to
Reach Incoming IUP Students & Parents

Please join us as we put out the Welcome Mat for parents of incoming IUP students during Freshman Orientation. A total of 2800 parents will attend Freshman Orientation sessions during the months of April, June and July.

Unlike last year, orientation sessions will take place entirely on campus (though parents will be given the option of a community tour). This is in response to feedback from parents who wanted more time devoted to topics such as financial aid. However, there are still opportunities for local businesses and organizations to actively welcome new students and their families to our community and acquaint them with all that we have to offer.

During the month of April – there will be two orientation sessions.
  • A total of 410 welcome bags will be prepared for parents and you can elect to put an item such as a pen, coupon or flyer in the bags. In order to have time to prepare the bags, we will need your item delivered to the Indiana County Tourist Bureau by March 28 – no exceptions. So that we can prepare adequately please email info@visitindianacountypa.org if you plan to participate.

During the months of June & July there will be 12 orientation sessions.
  • For these sessions, we will be preparing a coupon book to distribute in the welcome bags. Participation is free but we have to have your commitment by April 17. Please contact John Buckshaw at the Indiana Gazette (724-465-5555 or jbuckshaw@indianagazette.net) to make your commitment. John will work with each business on creating a coupon. All coupons will expire on June 30, 2019 – no exceptions. Space is limited to 50 coupons –please get your reservation in early.
  • If a coupon is not appropriate for you or you would like to include an additional item in the bags, you may still do so. You will need to provide 2400 of the item and have it to the Indiana County Tourist Bureau by May 1 – no exceptions. So that we can prepare adequately please email info@visitindianacountypa.org if you plan to participate.

Please note that participation in Project Welcome Mat is free but limited to those who are a member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, or Downtown Indiana .

Project Welcome Mat  is an initiative of the Indiana Area Collaborative Team (IACT) in partnership with IUP, Downtown Indiana, Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce.

We thank you for your support of this effort!


Linda Mitchell, Executive Director, Downtown Indiana
Denise Liggett, Executive Director, Indiana County Tourist Bureau     
Jim Struzzi, President, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce
St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17 @ Noon
Philadelphia Street

Generously sponsored by The Coney
Additional Parade Day Activities

9 am - 2 pm
Flower Gallery , 635 Church Street
Free balloons for kids!

10 AM - Noon
Subway, 574 Philadelphia Street
Before the parade, stop in for a free coloring contest!

11 AM
Wee Lads & Lassies Leprechaun Look-Alike Contest
Spaghetti Benders, 563 Philadelphia Street
Prizes for funniest, best group, & most authentic. Open to the young &
the young at heart! All participants welcome to march in the parade!
No pre-registration necessary.

Beginning @ 11:30 AM
Firehouse Brewing Co., 553 Philadelphia Street
Free Shamrock cookie for  all kids who stop in!

1-3 pm
William & Mary Gift Shoppe , 18 S. 7th Street
Fun, free kids activity!

Artist Hand Gallery & Espresso Bar, 732 Philadelphia Street
Saturday - 25% Off of Drip Coffee

Laurel Highlanders
Pipes & Drums
@ The Coney
642 Philadelphia Street
After the Parade
Enjoy Irish Specials & Great Music

Get to Know Pam Holsinger

Owner and Travel Consultant,
Holsinger Travel Consultants, LLC
What drew you to joining the board of Downtown Indiana?
As a resident and business owner in Indiana, I have always been interested in how to keep our downtown area vibrant and welcoming. I was already involved in many Downtown Indiana events as a volunteer and was ready to become more involved as a board member.
On what DI committees/event committees do you serve?
I am on the promotions committee and I chair the Wine Walk event committee.

What is your favorite thing about downtown?
I love the variety of local businesses that are available in our downtown area including a candy store, great restaurants, coffee shops, flower shops, clothing stores. Our downtown makes it easy to support local businesses. I have always found downtown to be a wonderful place to connect with old friends and to meet new ones.

Name a fun fact that people may not know about you?
As a travel consultant, I have been to many places around the world. One of the most surprising favorite locations for me has been Turkey. I enjoy baking, especially during the holidays, and one Christmas season, I baked 199 dozen cookies!
Welcome New Members
700 Shop
Earl Hewitt Real Estate
James R. Rihs
Members - Save the Date
Quarterly Membership Meeting
Wed., March 28 - 5 PM at the Coney
Visit us at www.downtownindiana.org to sign up today!
The Download
News from Our Members & Partners


Members of the Indiana Area Collaborative Team (I-ACT) will host an all-stakeholders meeting on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex PNC room. The meeting is open to the community.

Formed in July 2014 with a focus on minimizing, countering and responding to disruptive gatherings and behaviors in the community, I-ACT has continued to meet to address this issue and to work together to keep and sustain Indiana County as a place where people want to visit, work, live and raise their families. READ MORE

The Indiana County NAACP is hosting a Getaway and Enrichment Experience to The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture & Dinner at Busboys and Poets Restaurant* in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 28 . More info . Applications for the Shirley Sadler Reeder Scholarship Fund, are due to the Indiana County NAACP on March 21 . Download an application .

Congratulations to the IUP Women's Basketball Team who were crowned the NCAADivision II Atlantic Region Champions. They have earned the fifth seed in the elite eight which will be played March 19-23 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Make your reservations now for the Easter Sunday Buffet at the Park Inn by Radisson . 11 AM - 3 PM, Sunday, April 1. Take a look at the amazing menu & other details!

The YMCA of Indiana County will host their annual Good Friday Breakfast on March 30. Tickets are on sale now and are $15. Come enjoy breakfast and listen to speaker Chris Hall. Read more .

Vera Bradley Fans - New Spring & Summer Prints have arrived at The Finery . And retired Vera Bradley is 50% off!

The Indiana PA Kiwanis Club will host a Trivia Night on Friday, April 27 at the Rustic Lodge. $30 per person includes food, soft drinks & beer. Regisration deadline is April 20. First place will take home $300, second place $200 and third place $100. Click here for more info .
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May 18-20, 2018

Indiana’s Rustic Lodge.


SUNDAY, May 20

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