Week of: July 23, 2018
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Wolf Administration Highlights Job Training Program Success Stories Made Possible by Governors Manufacturing PA Initiative
Wolf Administration Highlights Job Training Program Success Stories Made Possible by Governor’s Manufacturing PA Initiative
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Tuesday, July 24th, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Technology and Innovation Sheri Collins joined representatives from Reading Area Community College (RACC), Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and other partners to provide an update on Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, which supports Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community through strategic partnerships while emphasizing job training to career pathways.

Since Governor Wolf launched Manufacturing PA last year, the initiative has awarded $8.6 million in funding to Industrial Resource Centers, educational institutions, and other manufacturing partners cross the commonwealth. This includes a total of more than $1 million awarded to nine organizations across the commonwealth to develop new, innovative training programs to help more than 350 unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector.

“The metals manufacturing sector is critically important to the Johnstown economy,” said Linda Thomson, president and CEO of JARI. “Abundant job openings throughout this sector are requiring outside-the-box thinking about how to move individuals into manufacturing career paths. The Training to Career grant program is helping JARI to do just that by helping us provide training that leads to a manufacturing certification, thus filling critical job openings.”

Click here for the full press release.
2018 Small Business Advantage Grant Accepting Applications
Department of Environmental Protection

The Department of Environmental Protection’s recently opened the 2018 Small Business Advantage Grant . This grant provides Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention technologies with a 50% matching grant for equipment or materials.

Pennsylvania small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to apply. Applicants must be for-profit entities, be located in Pennsylvania, and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and reduce their costs by a minimum of 25% . Applications are reviewed and awarded on a First-Come, First-Served basis.

New this year is the opportunity for small businesses in the Agricultural Sector to implement natural resource protection projects designed to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the Commonwealth’s streams and rivers.

All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the bottom of the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please feel to contact Ed Boito at (717) 783-0909 or Caroline Zepp at (717) 772-5160.
Sales Strategies
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

On Thursday, August 9th, John Moore, founder of Moore Power Sales, will present  Sales Strategies . Attendees will understand a systematic process to qualifying or disqualifying right and wrong opportunities. They will also learn about the Prospect System of buying and having a selling strategy that helps differentiate the company and product from the competition without cutting price and killing margins.

This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided. Please click  here  to register by August 7th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.
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September 17

October 2
16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference

October 17

October 18
"Success Is Intentional" Youth Conference
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