2018 Board Appointments Announced

JARI:

JARI officers elected to a one-year term:
Chairman: Bill Polacek, JWF Industries
First Vice Chair: Bill Locher, Somerset Trust Company
Second Vice Chair: Matt Smith, Laurel Auto Group
Secretary: Bob Eyer, Wessel & Company
Asst. Secretary: Marty Radovanic, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Treasurer: Jeff Stopko, AmeriServ Financial
Asst. Treasurer: Steve Tucker, DLP Conemaugh Health System

New JARI Directors appointed for a three-year term:
Gilda Jackson, Lockheed Martin AeroParts, Inc.
Greg Winger, First National Bank of Pennsylvania

Special thanks to Tony Caper of DRS Technologies and Mike Price of First Commonwealth Bank for their tenure on the JARI Board of Directors.

JIDC:

JIDC Chair: Jeff Cramer, 1st Summit Bank

New JIDC Directors elected for a one-year term:
Rob Cabala, First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Kevin Volk, Northwest Bank
Steve Zamias, Zamias Services

We would like to extend our appreciation to outgoing board members: Joe Anthony – Zamias Services; Jackie Kulback – Gautier Steel; Mike Stevens – Somerset Trust Company; and Greg Winger – First National Bank.

JARI Growth Fund:

JGF Chair: Steve Howsare, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.

For a complete list of JARI and its affiliates’ board members, please visit the JARI website.

JARI Featured in Prime Design Solutions Podcast

This month JARI President, Linda Thomson, is featured in the Prime Design Solutions podcast to discuss what JARI does for our region as an economic development organization, and give an overview of JARI services that are available for new and established businesses of all sizes.

To read/listen to the podcast, visit the Prime Design Solutions website. If you’re interested in learning more about what JARI has to offer, call the JARI office at (814) 535-8675.

Augustine Die & Mold, Inc. Among the Region’s First to Achieve AS9100 Rev. D Certification

Congratulations to Augustine Die & Mold, Inc. (ADM) on their achievement of the AS9100 Rev. D certification in Somerset County!

AS9100 Rev. D is the most recent Quality Management System (QMS) standard for the aviation, space, and defense industry.  AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system and supported by the International Aerospace Quality Group.

ADM offers precision machining, specializing in aerospace and defense applications in addition to design, manufacturing, and repair services of tooling in the plastics industry. ADM is one of the region’s first to attain the AS9100 Rev. D certification after an extensive analysis of its Quality Systems by BSI Group America, one of the industry’s premiere certification bodies.

TRAC Community Resource & Job Fair

The Transitional Re-entry Advisory Committee (TRAC) hosted a Community Resource & Job Fair on Friday, November 17th in Johnstown.

Nearly 115 people attended the event in hopes of gaining useful information and leads on potential job opportunities. The fair hosted 32 agencies, 4 schools and 12 employers.

The purpose of the fair was to provide pertinent information on resources and jobs available to individuals wanting a second chance in life and to those who are struggling to find employment in our area.

For more information on the TRAC program, contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director, at  or (814) 262-8366.

Amazon Seller 101 Tour

Ben Franklin Technology Partners has arranged to have training made available in the region. There is a real advantage for start-up businesses getting their products included in the offerings at Amazon.

The session fee is $99 for 3.5 hours which includes a comprehensive handout, coffee and snacks. There is a special offer of a 15% discount using this code: AMZN101JOHNSTOWN. This brings the per person cost down to $84.15.

For more information, click here. If you would like to register, click here.

15th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference

The 15th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown, PA.

If you are looking for more information about the Safety Conference contact Debi Balog, Director of Workforce Development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at .

Vendor/Sponsorship Registration

Participant Registration

DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force Seeking Comments

The Defense Acquisition Regulations Systems, Department of Defense is seeking comments in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13777. This order established a Federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens”. Per the Federal Register Volume 82, Number 117 dated Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force is now accepting input related to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement solicitation provisions and contract clauses.

>Written comments, identified as ”DFARS-RRTF-2017-01”, must be submitted on or before August 21, 2017 to be considered.  Submissions may be made through the Federal eRulemaking portal, fax or USPS Mail. All comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted to www.regulations.gov. Additional information on how to submit comments can be found in the Federal Register notice.

>If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at (814) 254-4022 or via email at .

Basic Accounting for Small Business

Basic Accounting for Small Business

On Thursday, June 29th, Patti Hudson, CPA and Shareholder of Wessel & Company, will present Basic Accounting for Small Business. Attendees will learn about the importance of the chart of accounts, bookkeeping principles and understanding financial reports. The presentation will also cover information on reconciling bank accounts and record retention practices.

This Lunch & Learn event will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form above and e-mail it to Lauren Brewer at .

Marketing Segmentation: How to Hit the Bullseye with Your Marketing

Tuesday, June 20th, Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present information on market segmentation. Attendees will understand how to leverage one of the most neglected target markets, learn how to create the ideal customer profiles and hear how to apply Marriott’s Segmentation strategies. They will also be able to understand how to create their own referral source marketing program and how they can position by segment to maximize marketing ROI.

This Lunch & Learn event will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form and e-mail to Lauren Brewer at .

Upcoming Marketing Lunch & Learns

Understanding Your Market & Marketing Concepts

On Wednesday, June 14th, Dr. Randy Frye, Saint Francis University, will present “Understanding Your Market & Marketing Concepts.” Attendees will acquire knowledge about what constitutes the marketing process while developing a marketing strategy that will win over and retain customers. They will also be able to develop a marketing plan that enables their firm to differentiate themselves from others and to gain a competitive advantage.

Marketing Segmentation: How to Hit The Bullseye with Your Marketing

Tuesday, June 20th, Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present information on market segmentation. Attendees will understand how to leverage one of the most neglected target markets, learn how to create the ideal customer profiles and hear how to apply Marriott’s Segmentation strategies. They will also be able to understand how to create their own referral source marketing program and how they can position by segment to maximize marketing ROI.

These Lunch & Learn events will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration forms above and e-mail them to Lauren Brewer at .