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    “We all recognize that there is a significant workforce shortage that exists right now not only in Indiana County, but everywhere across the country,” Hilliard stated.  “Our goal for this discussion was to focus on what issues we as a collective can address to prevent this shortage in the future.”

    The Summit identified that the quality of employee is still a key issue for most employers.  Hilliard stated that essential skills continue to be a focus for the Chamber based on this discussion.

    “In 2019 we developed a program called Indiana County Ready with each of our county school districts with the primary purpose being to enhance the essential skills of the individuals who are about to leave high school and enter either the next level of education or the workforce,” Hilliard said.  “This Summit has helped to reinforce this concept and has made the essential skills even more important.”

    The Indiana County Ready program is entering its 3rd year with Indiana County school districts and has already seen over 500 students become certified in essential skills.  Much of the discussion at the Summit also centered around allowing more younger voices to be heard in an attempt to better reach the next generation of workers.  Hilliard commented that the Chamber is using this input to help create new opportunities for these students.

    “Last year we created the Junior Chamber program to allow select students from each school district to take part in think tank sessions to help us identify the best ways to reach the next generation of workers,” Hilliard said.  “This year we will be using these students to help create a new social media group that will provide potential educational and employment opportunities for students.”

    The Chamber will be working with the Junior Chamber students to create a social media group that all Indiana County Ready students will belong to.  This group will also allow businesses throughout the community to post what internships, job shadowing, or employment opportunities are available for these students. 

    In addition to the Business Education Summit, the Chamber is developing a number of workshops designed to help better develop the skills of leaders and employers throughout the county.  The Edge program is in partnership with Parkhurst Business Solutions and the John Maxwell Group and will feature monthly workshops to help identify and work through the problems many businesses are currently having related to workforce. 

    “Retaining employees continues to be just as important as recruiting, and these workshops are designed to help human resource directors and employers to find new ways to better reach their individuals and become better recruiters and leaders,” Hilliard stated.

    The Chamber Edge program will launch in Fall 2021 with more information to follow.

  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:00:00 -0400

    Recycling center sees boom in prices

    Prices paid for cans, cardboard, paper and other recyclables skyrocketed this summer to up to four times the amounts they commanded a year ago, but the director of the Indiana County recycling center said the high numbers may easily moderate…
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 09:55:00 -0400

    Board approves East Pike roof proposal

    Indiana Area School District’s board of directors voted Monday night to approve a transfer of $1.75 million from the district’s $1.9 million General Fund surplus to its Capital Reserve Fund, effective June 30 of this year.
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    Indiana County COVID-19 cases

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    IHS students look to community for help to fund coffee machine

    When students and staff at Indiana Area High School grab a cup of joe from the school’s Commons Café coffee bar, they are served by students in the Life Skills Program, which offers specialized instruction for students with intellectual and…
  • Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:55:00 -0400

    Indiana County COVID-19 cases

    Indiana County saw an increase of 51 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Saturday and 30 reported on Sunday.
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    Area veteran's grave dedicated at Edgewood Cemetery

    SALTSBURG — Amid a cold autumn rain, family members gathered with local veterans Friday to dedicate a grave marker to a World War I veteran who died half a century ago.
  • Sat, 23 Oct 2021 09:55:00 -0400

    Area veteran's grave dedicated at Edgewood Cemetery

    SALTSBURG — Amid a cold autumn rain, family members gathered with local veterans Friday to dedicate a grave marker to a World War I veteran who died half a century ago.
  • Sat, 23 Oct 2021 09:50:00 -0400

    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': Toilet seats and contentment

    Who would have ever thought purchasing a toilet seat would be the highlight of a shopping trip?
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    Tourist bureau appoints executive director

    The Indiana County Tourist Bureau Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Herrington as the new executive director for the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.
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    Community church announcements

    Every Saturday in The Indiana Gazette, find this roundup of family- and community-related events hosted by churches in the Indiana County area.
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Expiring COVID-19 Waivers Could Impact PA Healthcare Staffing

    At the beginning of the pandemic, the commonwealth instituted regulatory waivers designed ease restrictions and make it easier for hospitals and healthcare workers in their fight against COVID-19. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued close to 100 waivers, whose main purpose was to put as many healthcare professionals as possible into clinics, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Examples of the waivers […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners Receives $1.5 Million From Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA has been awarded $1.5 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to help ignite innovation in the PA WILDS region in Pennsylvania. Stephen Brawley, President/CEO of Ben Franklin, commented, “We’re excited to begin working with our partners at the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, PennTAP, and the Small Business Development Centers […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions

    (AP) Thousands of students have requested to go mask-free in Pennsylvania schools, claiming a medical exemption amid fierce local opposition to the state’s new face-covering mandate. The order, which went into effect Sept. 7 and applies to all K-12 schools and child care facilities in Pennsylvania, requires students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Geisinger continues investment in employees by raising minimum pay rate

    Geisinger is strengthening its commitment to its employees as it builds on its robust benefits packages and career development offerings by raising its minimum pay rate to $15 per hour for current and future employees, effective Sept. 26. In addition to its competitive pay, Geisinger regularly invests in its employees by offering comprehensive employee benefits, including affordable healthcare coverage that […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Homecare Association Calls for Immediate Action, Increased Funding to Address Home-Based Care Workforce Crisis

    The Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) distributed an open letter to Governor Wolf, the Departments of Human Services and Aging, and the General Assembly, urging immediate action to provide critical funding and additional supports for home and community based care providers. PHA also distributed a short video, Crisis in Caregiving, highlighting the critical challenges home care providers are facing. “Home-based care […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Evangelical Community Hospital Earns Commission on Cancer Reaccreditation

    Lewisburg, PA – The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted three-year reaccreditation to the cancer program at Evangelical Community Hospital. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Signature Leaders Under 30 2021

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  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Taylor A. Lewis

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  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Tori Hanig

    Caseworker Indiana County Children and Youth Services Tori Hanig is a caseworker at Indiana County Children and Youth Services. She has five years of experience working in child welfare as she is passionate about bettering the lives of children. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Tori is […]
  • Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Andrew McIntire

    Software Developer New Pig Corporation Andrew McIntire is a software developer at New Pig Corporation, the largest supplier of absorbents in the world. His role is multifaceted and includes contributing to New Pig’s success in e- commerce, Salesforce, and cloud computing initiatives, alongside key involvement in their utilization of AI-driven onsite search. Andrew originally began his career at New Pig […]
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 22:38:17 +0000

    These are Pittsburgh's hottest neighborhoods for young professionals in 2021

    Niche, a Pittsburgh-based data company that analyses, ranks and reviews schools and neighborhoods throughout the country, has ranked the best Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods to live in for young professionals in 2021.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:19:22 +0000

    Dancing Gnome set to open new brewery in Sharpsburg

    Craft brewery to open new operation a few doors down from where it started on Main Street in Sharpsburg.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:02:18 +0000

    Churchill Borough ends marathon hearing for 2.9 million-square-foot Amazon facility at former Westinghouse site

    Borough council is expected to decide on transformational project in 45 days as opponents run new candidates for council and weigh legal options.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:54:46 +0000

    Estate of Mylan co-founder gifts $1 million to WVU

    The estate of Mylan co-founder and global entrepreneur Donald Panoz donated $1 million to West Virginia University. The gift, which was made through the WVU Foundation, will be used to support Reynolds Hall, which will house the John Chambers College of Business and Economics upon its completion in April 2022. Specifically, it will support Reynolds Hall’s collaborative classrooms. It will also go towards operational and programmatic support for the Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab and Encova Center…
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:52:29 +0000

    The Efficiency Network lands citywide streetlight conversion project

    The project will convert 35,000 streetlights to LEDs and install 15,000 more.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:46:50 +0000

    Bank customers continue shift to mobile transactions

    New survey by American Bankers Association shows drop in preference for branch visits.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:04:28 +0000

    McDonald's workers go on one-day strike to protest sexual harassment at Pittsburgh location

    McDonald's Corp. workers in several cities across the country held a one-day strike on Tuesday to protest alleged sexual harassment at the fast-food giant which stemmed from an event at a local store in Pittsburgh. Workers organized by Fight for $15 say they're going to "demand that McDonald's stop wasting time and listen to workers when it comes to fixing rampant sexual harassment in their stores." The group said their action was spurred by an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old McDonald’s…
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:32:28 +0000

    Health care practice receives funding from private equity firm to expand

    A direct care practice called PeopleOne Health has received $8 million in Series A funding from Claritas Health Ventures that will be used to expand the number of practices in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The practice has four offices, including Altoona and Pittsburgh. But it plans with Claritas' investment to have at least 18 offices in Pennsylvania and Ohio by the end of next year. "Our connection to Claritas was an authentic one," said Jordan Taradash, CEO of PeopleOne Health, formerly known as Empower360.…
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:27:21 +0000

    Passavant Memorial Homes to assume operation of Southwinds residential homes

    Passavant Memorial Homes will operate the homes and continue the employment of the Southwinds workers.
  • Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:21:53 +0000

    Junior Achievement launches new career-preparedness programs for students

    Junior Achievement of Western PA, the local chapter of a global nonprofit focused on preparing young people for success in a global economy, has launched an array of new programs for students. The programs are being launched via a strategic platform called “Achieving Together,” and are designed specifically to strengthen students’ connections to the business community. “For over 80 years, JA has been a valued educational partner working with schools and students to feed the talent pipeline…
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