HCBI Board Members hear Partner Updates

By Candy E. Price
Daily News Staff Writer

The board of directors of Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) held a brief business meeting Monday at the Huntingdon Country Club.

In the membership committee report, Eden Addis, HCBI director of business outreach, said a mailing has been sent to prospects to join the investor campaign.

So far, there are 68 total investors and the campaign has raised $22,371, 53 percent of the goal. The amount increase has been about $4,000 and there are five new members.

Amy Wise said the agency has been working on a number of projects.

In economic infrastructure, Wise noted the passage of the federal transportation bill.

Wise said the strategic plan update is ongoing at the staff level, as well as within the executive committee.

“We are working towards a strategic plan, just not as fast as I would like,” she said.

Wise also gave an update on the Blueprint Communities project.

In staff reports, Addis highlighted a conference she attended in Lancaster.

“It was a really, really valuable experience for me,” she said, thanking FirstEnergy for a scholarship for the program.

In partner organization reports, Michele Ivory, from the office of Sen. John Eichelberger Jr., briefly discussed the state budget.

Ed Stoddard, from the Huntingdon County Visitor’s Bureau, gave an update on the Candy Lake event.

“We had hundreds of people through the visitors center,” he said. “It was a successful event.”

Helen Pyzowski, from Huntingdon County CareerLink, discussed funding for workshops to be held in the region. Pyzowski also discussed on the job training contracts.

“This has been a very good year for the on-the-job training program,” she said.

Laura Hicks, from the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center (HCCTC), gave an update on courses slated to begin in January.

Don Burd, HCCTC director, also discussed work with guidance counselors from the county’s four sending schools to develop K-12 career counseling plans.

“The idea is to hopefully expose students to career choices much earlier than we do at the high school level now,” he said.

Candy can be reached at cprice@huntingdondailynews.com.