What’s up next for our local hospitals?
How does the local real estate market look?
And why would a young professional leave Charlotte, N.C., to come home to Johnstown?
You can find the answers to all of that and more in today’s special section, Vision 2013.
It’s The Tribune-Democrat’s annual progress edition, which looks at business and industry. This is actually the second of the two-part series.
Last week’s section included stories on how companies in our region are blending the past with the technology of the future.
While the economic news we hear is often depressing, there are plenty of things to be optimistic about in Vision 2013.
The expansion of the four-lane portion of Route 219 South could put many businesses on the road to success, while trucking company Fast Freight Expeditors of Windber grew more than 25 percent last year.
Our local colleges and universities are growing, both in terms of students and faculty members, as well as in the opportunities they offer.
Farmers were all ears in last week’s edition, which included a story about how high corn prices have them planting more and feeding fewer kernels to their cows.
This week’s section takes a look at health care, which continues to become increasingly important for us. Local hospitals saw expansions in the past year in terms of services offered and upgraded technology.
And, despite what you might have heard, the real estate market is improving, according to regional experts.
We talked with established entrepreneurs about how they found their niche and young ones who are still discovering their way in the business world.
We found groups that offer help to startups and spoke with young professionals about what our area has to offer.
But the 14-page section, which also includes business profiles, isn’t the only place in today’s paper that you’ll find information about how our companies are doing. The front page includes stories about how Cambria County War Memorial Arena is faring under its relatively new management, and how events such as Thunder in the Valley impact our region.
The business section looks at why automobile dealers are revved up about the future, while the sports section examines how the Johnstown Tomahawks junior hockey team was a hit in its first season, both on and off the ice.
The goal of Vision 2013 is to provide a snapshot of the local business climate, both now and in the future.
And while we acknowledge that it could be a little brighter, we like a lot of what we see.
What’s up next for our local hospitals?
Readers' Forum 3-11 | A standing O for Johnstown Symphony
Bravo to Maestro Istvan Jaray, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and chorus for the recent, wonderful “Behind the Mask” concert.
Listen to will of people | Council should rethink sewage issue
More than 500 residents of Johnstown are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore.
Readers' Forum 3-10 | Good Samaritan offered aid up cardiac hill
I found a Good Samaritan in the city of Johnstown on Feb. 28 near Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Readers' Forum 3-9 | Lorain council may change police coverage
The Johnstown Police Department has covered Lorain Borough for as long as I can remember. Now, all of a sudden, it is not doing a “good” job?
Help Cambria celebrate a milestone | Events on tap for 210th anniversary
It’s going to have to be a pretty large cake to hold 210 candles.
That is how many fire sticks it will take to mark Cambria County’s birthday.
Laurels and barbs
Laurel: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned high honors for its patient simulator training facility.
Readers' Forum 3-8 | Homeowner stymied by red tape
I recently became a new homeowner in the city of Johnstown. My family lived in this same house for 26 years. We rented from the same landlords for 251⁄2 years.
Toward a more employable you | JARI, foundation offer workforce initiative
Trying to find a job without having the proper skill sets, or education, can be a very daunting task.
Readers' Forum 3-7 | Letter carriers appreciate kind words
As a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with 34 years of service delivering the mail through all kinds of weather, below zero and above 90 degrees, I am writing on behalf of myself and all letter carriers for the kind letter from James R. McDonald Sr., who wrote on Feb. 25, “Postal service was up to task.”
Readers' Forum 3-6 | Education key to child's development
I have worked with children throughout Johnstown and I have noticed the benefits and sometimes the need for quality education for young children.
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