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August 23, 2013

Economic panel to organize

EBENSBURG — The recently formed Cambria County Economic Development Authority will meet to formally organize in September, beginning what county officials hope will be an initiative aimed at bringing jobs to the county.

The authority, now at five members, will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Asiago’s Tuscan Italian restaurant, located atop the Inclined Plane.

“Much of the meeting will deal with the paperwork and legislative requirements of the authority,” President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder said.

The group will elect a chairman, along with other officials; start the process for establishing a bank account; and set up the structure to operate as an authority within the state, he said.

While none of the commissioners currently holds a position on the authority, Lengenfelder said he will attend at least the initial meeting.

Commissioner Mark Wissinger also indicated he will attend the first session.

Established by the commissioners through a resolution in June, the authority is to be a seven-member panel tasked with bringing economic develop-

ment to the county with an emphasis on a free-trade zone.

The hub of the zone likely will be at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. The emphasis will be to attract new business and industry, officials said.

Two weeks ago, the commissioners appointed Raymond Arcurio, an employee of the Greater Johnstown School District, as a fifth member

of the authority.

He will join Robert Gleason, Cambria County businessman and chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania; Rex McQuaide, an attorney and co-owner of W.C. McQuaide Inc., specialists in trucking and warehousing; James Hargraves, a member of the Conemaugh Health System board of directors; and Samuel Catanese, leading partner and managing director of the Catanese Group.

While the authority was formed to reflect seven members, there was no indiction Thursday when the other two seats will be filled.

The names likely would come as recommendations by the authority to the commissioners, who would need to  give formal approval.

Lengenfelder said earlier that the authority can function with five members.

 

Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County Courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kathymellotttd.

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