Eggs & Issues: Workforce Development Benefits

If your looking for recruitment and training resources for your business, please consider attending the “Eggs & Issues: Workforce Development Benefits” on Wednesday, April 12 at the Somerset Country Club.

Representatives from seven workforce related agencies will review and highlight the many resources and benefits available to businesses in the Southern Alleghenies region. Industry experts will discuss employee recruitment options, training resources and funding options for workforce development.

Registration, networking and a breakfast buffet will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8 a.m. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.

Registration is required by Friday, April 7. For more information or to register, contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or .

Education Job Expo

On Thursday, April 13, there will be an Education Job Expo at the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center for anyone looking for a career in the education field. This expo will give employers the opportunity to meet prospective employees in our region and a chance to share information about their organization and available jobs.

The deadline to register is April 7th. If you are interested, RSVP to Kayla Cobaugh at (814) 262-0732 ext. 236 or via email at .

Lockheed Martin AeroParts Adding Jobs to Johnstown

Lockheed Martin announced Thursday, March 23, that they will be expanding production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility in Johnstown. This expansion will add more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018.

“The F-35 Lightning II is beginning to transition to full-rate production and the manufacturing expertise we have here has a growing role in delivering this incredible aircraft to the men and women who defend our nation,” said Gilda Jackson, general manager of Lockheed Martin AeroParts.

Lockheed Martin is in the process of finalizing plans to lease and equip an additional facility to accommodate this new work and begin producing a subset of parts for the program.

For additional information, visit their websites: and www.f35com.

Vision2025 Golf Tournament

If you are looking to play the most iconic golf course in the Laurel Highlands along with supporting your community, the opportunity is here!

Vision2025 is hosting the 1st Annual Golf Tournament at Sunnehanna Country Club on June 5, 2017 to support Youth Development. The entrance fee of $125.00 per golfer includes lunch, greens fees, cart, dinner and various prize opportunities. There are many sponsorship opportunities available at a variety of levels.

For information regarding sponsorship and participation please contact Tara Carr at 814-255-4121 or .

Pumpkin Chunkin Competition

JARI and Faranda’s Farm is pleased to announce our new partnership to host a Pumpkin Chunkin Competition for local high school students. The competition will be held at Faranda’s Farm located in Hollsopple, PA., on November 4, 2017.

Seven local school districts are registered to participate in the competition in which students form teams and build their own prototype of a trebuchet to launch pumpkins the longest distance. The students will use the S.T.E.M concepts to solve the challenges presented by force and gravity.

We are currently searching for mentors and judges to help at the event and in-kind sponsors for building materials.  Mentors will assist the teams through the designing, building and testing process. Judges will review the judging criteria and participate in scoring the teams the day of the competition.

If you are interested in helping with this event, contact Debi Balog, Director, Workforce Development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at .

Arotin’s Hummingbird Estate Holds Grand Opening Ceremony

Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Left to right: Linda Thomson, JARI; Cambria County Commissioner Tom Chernisky, Jim Vasilko, Johnstown Construction; Carolyn Arotin, Arotin’s Hummingbird Estate; Donna Dunegan, Patton Borough Secretary; Representative Frank Burns; Dave Pompa, Patton Borough Councilman; Annette Chunko, St. Francis SBDC

Arotin’s Hummingbird Estate held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, March 10. The event drew approximately 65 people, including elected officials who spoke of the new facility and offered their best wishes to Carolyn in her business venture.

Carolyn Arotin, Owner/Administrator of Arotin’s Hummingbird Estate, has always dreamed of owning her own Personal Care Home. She has worked for almost 20 years in this industry. “It took a long time, we didn’t give up and here we are…It’s a very safe, beautiful, loving place and I don’t want anyone to be afraid to bring their loved ones here”, says Carolyn.

If you would like assistance in starting your own business please contact Michele Clapper, VP of Economic Development, at (814) 262-8368 or via e-mail at .

Alleghenies Ahead Public Survey

Ryan Kieta
Vision 2025 Consultant

As part of the regional comprehensive plan update, Alleghenies Ahead is circulating a survey to get feedback from the public on how they identify and prioritize the most critical needs in their respective communities.

To learn more about the project, visit the Alleghenies Ahead website, but more importantly, click here to complete the survey.

Importance of Cyber Security and User Training

Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Michael Stohon, In-Shore Technologies, will be presenting “The Importance of Cyber Security and User Training” at JARI’s March 30th Lunch & Learn event.

Attendees will learn how serious cyber risk is and what can be done to prevent it. In this interactive session, Stohon will also provide information on what types of scams and hacks are most common today and the best way to prevent prevent them.

The cost for this event is $5 and registration is required. Please send registration forms to Lauren Brewer by mail or via e-mail at .

Showcase for Commerce 2017

Linda Thomson

Registration is open for Showcase for Commerce 2017 which will be held May 30- June 1.

Showcase brings local, regional, national and international businesses together to expand business opportunities.  Join us to learn the latest news from acquisition and legislative leadership.  Network with other businesses or explore possibilities to grow into new markets or build your supply chain.

Click here for a list of past speakers.  Also, look for upcoming announcements about this year’s special guests and speakers.

For more information or to register, please visit

Prime Design Solutions Presenting at Upcoming Lunch & Learn Events!

Brian Law and Shelley Johansson from Prime Design Solutions will be presenting at two of JARI’s upcoming Lunch & Learn events.

Tuesday, March 21, Shelley will be presenting information on the topic “How (and When) to Write a Press Release.” Those who attend this Lunch & Learn will learn what goes into writing a good press release, as well as, publishable topics and the difference between promotion versus PR copy.

Brian will be presenting Thursday, April 6, with the topic of “Content Marketing.” Attendees at this Lunch & Learn will learn what content marketing is and what it can do for their business while also setting expectations for predictable results.

The cost for each event is $5 and registration is required. Please send registration forms to Lauren Brewer by mail or via e-mail at .