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    Former WyoTech Blairsville Campus Acquired by New Village Initiative Trade School Relaunch Planned for 2021

    “After working for two years on this acquisition, we are delighted that the Blairsville community will become the hub for NVI’s vocational equipping and job creation platforms,” said Gary Beeman, CEO at NVI. Beeman also shared that, “beyond re-opening the school we view Indiana County as a critical location for NVI’s Advanced Materials Group which involves the manufacturing of our HouseKit™ affordable home construction products and our NewRoad™ longer life, lower cost road surfacing materials – all made from recycled plastics and high-tech materials.”

    “Having watched NVI navigate and overcome numerous challenges over the past 18 months in their efforts to finalize this acquisition we are committed to connecting them with the county, state and federal resources that will enable them to begin offering classes by the middle of next year,” said Byron G. Stauffer, Jr., Executive Director of the Indiana County Development Corporation and the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development.

    Stauffer went on to say, “the former WyoTech property acquisition follows the recent sale of the Chestnut Ridge Resort, an indication that out of state developers view the Route 22 corridor and Indiana County as a favorable location for their new business opportunities.”

    “With the anticipated relaunch of the school and NVI’s manufacturing and R&D efforts, we are hopeful that at least one hundred new jobs will be created in our community in the coming years,” said Greg Sipos, Indiana County Development Corporation Board Member.

    In a joint statement, State Senator Joseph A. Pittman and Representative James B. Struzzi indicated that, “we will be working closely with NVI and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to facilitate the school’s certification process so that classes can be offered as soon as is feasible in 2021.” “The recruitment of WyoTech to our community almost 15 years ago was a significant victory for our local economic efforts. While their closure remains a significant disappointment, I am grateful the prior investment in facilities and equipment has been given a new opportunity with NVI. I am eager to do my part in helping them succeed”, stated Senator Pittman. Representative Struzzi, added, “I am extremely thrilled that a new technical school will be opening and new jobs are being created. We worked very hard to try and keep WyoTech open several years ago or transition the campus into something like this. New Village is great news for Blairsville, Burrell Township, Indiana County and our entire region. This will also create tremendous opportunities for young people and our local families.”

    “The Indiana County Board of Commissioners welcome New Village Initiative to our community as we continue to emphasize the importance of education and development of workforce talent in the collective efforts to provide training opportunities for our residents as well as veterans seeking new career opportunities, and offer to work alongside the affiliate members of the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations (CEO) and Burrell Township Supervisors to assist with the reopening of the technical school as well as adding NVI’s Advanced Materials Group manufacturing opportunities at the Corporate Campus business park”, in a statement issued by Commissioner Mike Keith, Chairman, on behalf of fellow colleague Commissioners Robin Gorman and Sherene Hess.
    Justin Spiller, NVI’s Director of Business Development shared that, “the vocational school industry is entering a high growth stage due to the cost of 4-year schools, and that sector’s 53% job placement rate.” Spiller went on to say that, “the demand for vocational school graduates is expected to be permanent as 30 million technicians, mechanics, and construction workers are expected to retire in the next 10 years.” He noted that, “extreme shortages of technicians already exist across the mechanical and construction trades – making a great opportunity for students looking for their first career or a change to a higher paying, more stable opportunity.”
    Gary Beeman concluded that, “The Blairsville community has been very welcoming, and we are excited to help rebuild the local economy that was lost when the school closed. It is gratifying to our entire team that we can bring back much of the expert staff and build on the school’s long-term reputation as a top national vocational and trade school while serving the long-standing industry alliance partners and employers that are in critical need of highly qualified graduates.”

    New Village 
    Initiative’s mission and strategy is to create head of household jobs by designing industry changing technologies that drive US manufacturing jobs – and by operating vocational schools to train and equip students for careers in the underserved but critically important industries of manufacturing, construction, motor vehicle maintenance, and field service.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:59:00 -0500

    Turkeython raises nearly $46,000

    The 31st annual Oldies Attic Turkeython raised $45,982 through Saturday for the United Way of Indiana County.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:45:00 -0500

    Teacher shortage forces PM classes online

    KENWOOD — In a week already shortened by parent/teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, a shortage of high school teachers is forcing students at Penns Manor Area High School to remain home today, working in their Google classrooms.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:40:00 -0500

    Community Thanksgiving dinner scheduled

    The Share Your Blessings community dinner will return for a third year on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coral-Graceton Fire Hall.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:35:00 -0500

    Girl Scout troops use cookie sale proceeds to help the homeless

    While the ongoing pandemic changed many experiences, Indiana County Girl Scouts continue to find ways to embrace the new way of being Girl Scouts. From virtual programming to socially distanced learning — and service projects, too — local troops have…
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:30:00 -0500

    Turkey distribution

    Volunteers prepared Thursday at Tate’s Supermarket, Clymer, to hand out 50 turkeys to be distributed to disabled veterans or their spouses in Indiana, Clymer, Saltsburg, Rossiter, Homer City and Blairsville.
  • Sat, 21 Nov 2020 17:59:00 -0500

    First Commonwealth Bank donates $100,000 to energy fund

    As part of its “Share the Warmth“ holiday campaign, Indiana-based First Commonwealth Bank has made a $100,000 donation to Dollar Energy Fund, which assists those who are unable to pay their utility bills this upcoming winter season.
  • Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:59:00 -0500

    Together Indiana campaign partners with Biobot

    Indiana Borough officials said Thursday that they will incorporate into the Together Indiana outreach campaign information about the level of coronavirus infections detected at its wastewater treatment plant.
  • Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:59:00 -0500

    Grocers discuss what's in stock locally

    Remember those empty shelves last spring when you went out for toilet paper or paper towels?
  • Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:57:00 -0500

    Board schedules make-up day for spring

    The conversion of class days to vacation days at Homer-Center School District — in order to extend the Thanksgiving holiday and create more idle time to alleviate the spread of COVID-19 in the schools — has been balanced with the…
  • Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:54:00 -0500

    Sewage problem prompts investigation by township, DEP

    For two weeks raw sewage from an unknown location flowed into a spring-fed stream and then across East Pike in White Township from a 40-by-60-foot former laundromat building belonging to Jeff Bertino.
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    2020 FOREMOST UNDER 40

    No one could have predicted a more dramatic and unexpected year than 2020. With the pandemic and a conten­tious election, the challenges for the business community have been greater than ever. And yet, through all the con­troversy and uncertainty, a rising genera­tion of business leaders has adapted and innovated to meet the unique challenges before them. Pennsylvania Business Cen­tral is […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Bidenomics: More stimulus, tougher regulation, and gridlock

    (AP) President-elect Joe Biden will in­herit a vulnerable economic recovery un­der threat from a resurgent virus, likely with a divided Congress that will hinder his ability to address the challenges. Yet despite the obstacles, the former vice president and senator will pursue a dras­tic shift in America’s economic policy. He has vowed to reverse much of the Trump administration’s aggressive […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Banking CEO Round Table

    2020 has been a year of dramatic, unanticipated change. The pandemic has upended the way we live, the way we interact and the way we do business. With the recent surge in cases throughout the country, it has become the most potent factor in our daily lives and in our economic activity. Businesses and the fi­nancial institutions that support them […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Candice Bradley

    Manager of Business Development & Marketing Envinity Candice thrives in markets driven by change management and profits based on purpose. Seeing the current energy crisis as one of the biggest and most important challenges of our generation, when considering her career path, she was attracted to Envinity. Their focus on high performance Engineering, Solar, and Construction leads to projects that […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Renee Daly

    Executive Director Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County Renee Daly became the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County (RACC) in December 2017; the first woman to do so. Along with managing multiple federal, state and local grants, she is responsible for administering over $3 million in county-wide Community Development Block Group funds, with projects that assist low income […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Ashley Henry

    Vice President/Lending Services Manager Kish Bank Ashley is Vice President and Lending Services Manager at Kish Bank. With Kish since 2005, Ashley’s career began in accounting. Her tenure includes promotions to Profitability Specialist in 2009, Credit Administration Portfolio Specialist in 2013, and Services & Systems Analyst in 2015. She was promoted to Systems & Projects Manager and appointed Assistant Vice […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Brandi Noye

    Director of Business Development Doing Better Business, Inc. Brandi is currently Director of Business Development for Doing Better Business’ Central PA office. Her role is to support the four members of the sales team and grow the market share in our 13-county region. For the past 15 years, she has held several positions in the company including direct hardware sales, […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Christine Scholl

    Marketing Director Catanese Group Christine Scholl serves as Marketing Director at Catanese Group, a regional Certified Public Accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Johnstown and Pittsburgh, PA. She was hired as a Marketing Associate in 2013 and promoted to Marketing Director in 2017. Her role is to lead and implement all business development and promotional initiatives for the […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Jennifer Lechner

    Business Relationships Manager Doing Better Business, Inc. Recently, Jennifer began her new career with Doing Better Business as a Business Relationships Manager. She is working in Centre County and Huntingdon County to help local business with their office technology needs. Jennifer has been with Doing Better Business since August 2019. Prior to working at DBB, Jennifer was a 4th grade […]
  • Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000

    Ryan Shellenberger

    Business Relationship Manager Doing Better Business Inc. Ryan is a Business Relationship Manager at Doing Better Business, Inc (formerly WPS, Inc). He has been with the company for 10 years offering a consultative approach for businesses seeking ways to improve their document workflow efficiency and lowering operational cost. Ryan is a member of the Altoona Rotary club and enjoys giving […]
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:07:02 +0000

    State’s new occupancy rules will impact Dec. 6 game against Washington

    The new occupancy orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Health won’t impact Thursday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Baltimore Ravens but will mean most fans won’t be able to attend the Dec. 6 game against Washington. Record-breaking Covid-19 cases in Pennsylvania led Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine to limit indoor gatherings to under 500 people and outdoor gatherings to less than 2,500 people. These limitations take effect on Friday, Nov. 27. A Department…
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:03:42 +0000

    How Covid-19 increases could impact hospitals’ elective procedures

    Any of three triggers would lead to a regional 50% cut in the amount of elective and scheduled procedures.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:02:46 +0000

    Pittsburgh law firm appoints chief diversity officer

    Danielle Dietrich joined SMGG in June as a shareholder and now will spearhead its initiative to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:49:36 +0000

    State announces new Covid-19 orders, stay-home advisory

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, facing the largest numbers of daily cases during the nine months of the Covid-19 pandemic and hospitalizations rising to near-capacity, announced stepped up enforcement of existing measures, a reduction in the number of people allowed at large gatherings and an advisory for Pennsylvania residents to stay home. “We are in a very dangerous situation and we need to work together to stop the spread of Covid-19,” Wolf said during a news conference Monday afternoon. It…
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:12:30 +0000

    Days before showdown with Steelers, Covid-19 sidelines some Baltimore Ravens employees

    The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to visit Heinz Field on Thanksgiving night for a divisional game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Ravens appear now to be dealing with a Covid-19 threat. On Monday afternoon, the team released a statement on Twitter stating that "multiple members of the Baltimore Ravens organization tested positive for Covid-19, and those individuals immediately began to self-quarantine." The statement did not say if the individuals were players, coaches, support…
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:43:12 +0000

    More federal stimulus is crucial but 'the presidential election scrambled that,' PNC's chief economist says

    Businesses may need more short-term funding.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:17:59 +0000

    Cognistx partners with California company to develop cybersecurity capabilities

    The two companies look to collaborate on ways to help companies keep their internal documents safe.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:32:12 +0000

    Chamber backs limited Covid-19 liability protection bill

    The governor’s press office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Wolf would sign or veto.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:44:49 +0000

    WPXI anchor announces retirement

    A popular WPXI news anchor is retiring. After 30-year career with the station, which broadcasts on Channel 11, Peggy Finnegan is retiring. According to WPXI, Finnegan will step down from anchoring the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts, but she will still participate in special report coverage and community events. For more on this story, head over to WPXI.
  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:54:04 +0000

    Peduto proposes paid Covid-19 leave for Pittsburgh workers

    Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday proposed legislation that would provide workers in Pittsburgh with paid sick leave due to Covid-19. If approved, then workers of businesses with 50 or more people would be able to have up to 112 hours of paid sick leave if it's due to Covid-19. Pittsburgh's previous law that took effect in 2020 required paid sick days for employers with 50 or more people. The legislation would require employees that received paid sick time under the Paid Sick Days Act to be able to draw…
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