Creator Square launches national call for makers

The Daily American

Creator Square, a makerspace set in the heart of historic Johnstown, is seeking its first cohort of artists, makers and small batch manufacturers. Construction at the Creator Square makerspace and gallery space is on track for completion in spring 2020, and application requirements and details are available at the Creator Square website, creatorsquarejohnstown.com.

The program is designed to connect world-class and emerging makers with small-batch manufacturing tools and regional entrepreneurial support. It also builds upon the region’s manufacturing heritage and its role in a national “metalsmith revival” and the city’s diverse arts scene.

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Building Maintenance Training Opportunity

JARI is offering a 24 week Building Maintenance training program at no cost to eligible individuals residing in the Minersville, Moxham, Walnut Grove and Kernville Neighborhoods, City of Johnstown.

The program will be conducted by the Commonwealth Technical Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center and will offer the option to earn industry based credentials that will enable participants to seek employment in public or private schools, apartment buildings, retail facilities, motels or public utilities. Classes are scheduled for March 16th through August 31st. Classes will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Orientation will be held on March 6th at 9:00 A.M.

Seating is limited. Individuals who meet the requirements will be enrolled in the course on a first come basis. If you are interested in learning more about the program and registering for the information session, please contact Debi Balog, Workforce Development Director via e-mail at or by calling (814) 262-8366.

The program is funded through PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program.

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The Basics of Media Relations

On Thursday, November 7th, Shelley Johansson of Prime Design Solutions, will discuss the basics of media relations including:

• When and why you should write a press release
• The anatomy of a press release
• How press release copy is different than advertising copy
• How to prepare for a media interview
• Ways to use your press release beyond the media
• Reacting to positive and negative media coverage

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click here to register by November 6th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

What’s Your Story? How to Attract & Engage Customers

On Thursday, October 31st, Brian Law of Prime Design Solutions and Innovative Tomato, will discuss customer attraction and engagement tactics including:

• Why storytelling makes a memorable connection
• How your brand reflects your story
• Using multiple channels to communicate your story

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click here to register by October 30th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

JARI Receives Senate Citation from Senator Langerholc

On October 3rd, JARI was presented with the honor of a Senate Citation from Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. The citation celebrates JARI’s impact on the region in the areas of government, commercial lending, equity investing and real estate over the past 45 years.


We would like to thank Senator Langerholc, our board members and partners for their continued support.

Rules, Regulations & Best Practices for Hiring

On Thursday, October 17th, Brooke Contacos, PHR, HR Consultants, Inc., will discuss rules, regulations and best practices for hiring. Attendees will learn the following:

• How to place an effective job ad
• Your role in the hiring process
• The cost of a bad hire
• Topics to avoid
• Learn and practice smart and legal interviewing

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click here to register by October 16th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

Cyber Security and Data Protection

On Thursday, September 19th, Michael Stohon, In-Shore Technologies, Inc., will discuss how serious the risk of a cyber security breach is and what can be done to prevent it. Attendees will learn the following:

• How serious is the risk?
• What can you do to prevent it?
• What types of scams/hacks are out there today?
• What is the #1 way to prevent breaches/attacks?
• Hands on exercises

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click here to register by September 18th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

JARI – The Vault

JARI is proud to have helped the Vault become a destination business in the heart of Johnstown’s business district, bringing people and life to our downtown.

JARI – Para-Coat Technologies

JARI helps businesses of any size find ways to grow in our region. Para-Coat Technologies came to us for help with a variety of needs — ranging from finding a new location to financing.