The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 22, 2013

Business leaders weigh in on Johnstown's future

JOHNSTOWN — Members of the local business community learned about the region’s 2014 outlook during the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Summit on Friday morning.

Attendees heard from several speakers, including U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, and Linda Duessel, a senior vice president with Federated Investors, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown. Two University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown representatives - professor John McGrath and professor emeritus Ron Vickroy - presented results from the chamber’s 2013 Economic Climate Study, which revealed pessimistic findings.

“The reason we put this together, years ago, was to provide a forecast of what the coming year was going to be,” said Bob Layo, the chamber’s president. “A lot of the bigger companies have the ability to project that. But, for the smaller firms, it’s important, I think, for them to know - in business services, retail - what the next year’s going to have in store for them.”

Read more about this event in Saturday’s editions of The Tribune-Democrat.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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