HCBI members hear partner reports

The board of directors of Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) heard updates from its committee chairs during its monthly meeting Monday.
For the membership committee, chair Tracey Cook updated the board on the 2016 investment campaign. “We sent our renewals to 188 prior members,” she said, adding mailings also went out to 250 prospective members. She said HCBI is at 62 percent of its monetary goal at $25,996, “which is over 2015.” “We’re ahead of the game year to date,” Cook said. “We did see about two-thirds of our investors increase their commitment to HCBI. We’re very pleased with that.” She said 85 members have renewed and that’s “42 percent of ... goal,” which is “a little under 2015.” “We did change terminology in our campaign from membership to investors, but it is the same campaign we run every year,” Cook said. Follow-ups on investor mailings will be taking place in the coming months and she said planning for the annual meeting is underway. “Our annual meeting (is set for) Thursday, May 19. We are currently working on securing a location,” she said.
In the report for the loan review committee, chair Randy Carper lauded three committee members for renewing their terms on the committee.
HCBI executive director Amy Wise offered some additional “good news” from the committee. “We had submitted an application on behalf of Penn’s Peaceful Meadow. We got notification ... that loan has been approved,” Wise said. “This is the first loan we close under the new Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program.” Wise added “the change (in the program) has been tremendous. There were very few questions and I’m looking forward to continuing with the new guidelines.”
In partner reports, Mike Glazer from the office of Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson discussed Thompson’s re-election campaign. Glazer also talked about the upcoming federal budget cycle.
John Breneman from the office of state Sen. Jake Corman, Michele Ivory from the office of Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. and state Rep. Rich Irvin all briefly discussed the state’s ongoing partial budget impasse.
Huntingdon County Commissioners Jeff Thomas, Mark Sather and Scott Walls each briefly discussed their commitment to working together and also the county’s budget process.
Ed Stoddard from the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau recapped the recent FrozenFat event and said, in March, the Visitors Bureau has two events; from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, there will be the Raystown Region Wedding and Event Expo at Country Club and Tuesday, March 29, the visitors bureau will host the Huntingdon County Tourism Summit, also at the Country Club.
For the Huntingdon County Career- Link, Helen Pyzowski said the agency is planning a job fair from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 31. She added CareerLink has been “successful in grant applications for free workshop programs,” and said a number of sessions are planned for the year.
Laura Hicks reported for the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center and said the school is working to offer and advertise new classes.
For the Huntingdon County United Way, executive director Kathy Armillei said the annual campaign will wrap up next month and the recognition dinner will take place Tuesday, March 29, in the Ellis Hall Ballroom on the campus of Juniata College.
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