Each year the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) hosts an annual conference designed to provide educators with updates on state educational initiatives. The Standards Aligned System (SAS) Institute includes general sessions with nationally recognized keynote presenters, panel presentations and breakout sessions that highlight exemplars and programming from schools and organizations across the commonwealth. This year, the conference was held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center on December 9th-12th. The SAS Conference attracts approximately 200 Superintendents from across the Commonwealth.
One of this year’s keynote presenters was Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development with Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry. She addressed Pennsylvania workforce needs and how increasing partnerships can build a system of competitiveness and innovation. Workforce, education, and business partners from the Southern Alleghenies Region were invited to participate in a panel discussion to showcase the impact of a highly functioning partnership in Pennsylvania.
Panelist: Debi Balog, Director, Workforce Development/JARI, Susan K. Whisler, Director, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, Barbara A. Zaborowski, Ph.D. Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Eileen Cipriani, PA Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Shawn Kaufman, Director, Human Resources, Riggs Industries, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Gwen Ross, Director of Workforce Development Initiatives and Carole M. Kakabar, Superintendent, Ferndale Area School District.
Startup Alleghenies (SUA) is ready to support entrepreneurs in the Alleghenies from three additional counties, Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon. This expansion means that the Startup Alleghenies movement has expanded to all six counties in the Southern Alleghenies, and often, beyond.
“We’re delighted to welcome entrepreneurs and partners from Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties into the Right Here. Right Now. movement we launched to create the next great startup zone in the Alleghenies,” said Debbi Prosser, director business-development, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC).
“We believe our Entrepreneur Coaches are the critical entry-point and ongoing mentors for entrepreneurs, connecting them to all that the SUA network has to offer,” explained Prosser, “so we’ve hired two new entrepreneurial Coaches, Andrew Trexler and Debra Clark, to ensure entrepreneurs in our newest counties also receive all the help they need to get their ideas to market.”
Andrew Trexler will focus on Bedford County while employed by the Bedford County Development Association, and Deborah Clark, will cover Huntingdon and Fulton Counties while employed by Huntingdon County Business and Industry.
In addition to personalized coaching, Startup Allenghenies entrepreneurs benefit from a network of resources available ecosystem-wide, including nine entrepreneur work spaces, programs such as TechCelerators and the BIG IDEA Contests organized by Startup Alleghenies Founding partner, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, as well as help with business plan development from St. Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), marketing, legal and financial advice. Startup Alleghenies partners also sponsor networking opportunities for entrepreneurs throughout the year.
Prosser credits additional funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) with making this growth possible. “In expanding our POWER grant, by just over $1.2 million, ARC acknowledged Startup Alleghenies success, due in large part to our network of committed partners in Blair, Cambria and Somerset Counties,” Prosser added.
If you have a new business idea, want to expand your existing business or just want to learn more about what it takes to take your idea to market, register with SUA today—Right Here. Right Now.
Congratulations to Environmental Tank & Container (ETC), a division of JWF Industries, on being named Manufacturer of the Year at the sixth annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards.
The Oil & Gas Awards are a platform for the industry to recognize advances made in environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility, health and safety. The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions a manufacturer has made to the industry in the region.
JARI is pleased to announce that Brenda Sprow, BK Alterations Owner and JARI Microloan client, is expanding her efforts in the Hollidaysburg area. BK Alterations will be offering on-site fittings, pick up and delivery to Military Bases, Reserve Centers and Police Barracks. Sprow is hoping to reach out to new clients in order to provide a simple and hassle free way to have uniform fittings and alterations done.
For more information regarding the JARI Microloan Program, contact Michele Clapper at (814) 262-8368.
The ten finalists in Ben Franklin’s 2017 BIG IDEA Contest will be making presentations to a panel of area judges beginning at 1:35 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
If you know any of the finalists listed below, or if you are just excited about the Startup Alleghenies initiative in general, please stop by the Bottle Works, located at 411 Third Avenue in Johnstown, to hear the presentations:
The finalists’ presentations will conclude at 5:00 PM, and a catered reception will immediately follow. While the judges deliberate, you are invited to enjoy the refreshments and network with the finalists. This will allow you to learn more about all of them in preparation for casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award which will close at 6:15 PM. All of the winners will be announced at 6:30 PM.
This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to four winners:
First Place: $25,000; Second Place: $15,000; Third Place: $7,500; and a People’s Choice Award: $2,500.
In addition to the $25,000, the first place winner will also receive:
If you are planning to attend, please send a quick note to .
JARI would like to offer congratulations to Para-Coat Technologies, a long standing client, on their new building and expansion. PCT hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, August 29 to celebrate the milestone.
PCT purchased the former FreightCar America building along Johns Street in downtown Johnstown earlier this year after outgrowing their original location in JARI’s facility. They have relocated their headquarters and manufacturing facilities into a larger space in order to continue growth and production in the Johnstown area. Congratulations and best wishes!