SA Defense Industry Adjustment Initiative Training Programs

The JARI Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), in conjunction with the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and other regional development partners, with support of the Commonwealth of PA, are offering training to eligible businesses at no cost. This training is made possible through a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant to assist defense contractor’s transition into new markets.
The training is available to eligible businesses at no cost if a company representative successfully completes the training. Eligible businesses must reside within the six-county region of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon or Somerset counties. Companies must have been or still be a registered DoD contractor. All training will be conducted in the Johnstown area and pre-registration is required. The upcoming training sessions are as follows:
  • Advanced Sales  – July 20, August 3, August 22, & September 12, 2016
  • Marketing & Communications Training (2.5 days)   – July 28, August 18, & September 22
  • International Emerging Markets – August 9, 2016


Don’t miss this opportunity to participate! Companies can register for one or all of the classes. Complete details can be found here.

Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager

Lunch & Learn: Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Lunch & Learn:
Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch
Thursday, July 7th, 2016

12 PM – 1:15 PM

JARI Center for Business Development
160 Jari Drive in Richland

Click here to view the flyer and registration.

Click here to view the full press release.

President of Prime Design Solutions, Brian Law, will share his expertise in developing a sales pitch that’s short enough to be delivered during an elevator ride. Attendees will learn to create a good overview of what your company has to offer, and how to concisely convey that information to potential clients.

The cost to register is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided. To register please return the attached registration form, visit and click on the calendar to access the registration forms, or contact Lauren Brewer at . Please register by Wednesday, July 6th. No shows and cancellations on the day of the event will be billed.

Lunch and Learn: Marketing Panel


Dr. Randy Frye (St. Francis University); Jean Solarczyk (Wessel & Company); Lori Baumgardner (1st Summit Bank); Ryan Gindlesperger (1st Team Advertising) will be answering questions and offering advice about marketing.


Thursday, June 23
JARI Center for Business Development
12:00 PM  – 1:15 PM

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Cost is $5 per person and lunch is provided. To register please click here for the registration form or contact Lauren Brewer at . Please register by Wednesday, June 22.