'Let's do this together'

Members of the Juniata College and Huntingdon business community gathered in the Sill Business Incubator at Juniata College for a Business After Hours event Wednesday evening to learn more about a new community improvement initiative, Reinvision Huntingdon.
 
Juniata College president James Troha welcomed those gathered for the event and shared with them his commitment to continuing to strengthen the bond between campus and community.
 
“As I look out in the crowd, this warms my heart to have all of you here representing various parts of the community. The team here at Juniata College knows how much the opportunity to connect with you in this space means,” he said. “This is an opportunity to learn from one another and to break down perceived obstacles.”
 
roughout the two and onehalf years of his presidency, Troha has sought a closer relationship for the mutual benefit of both Huntingdon and Juniata College.
 
“What we are striving for is to close what I see as the perceived chasm between what happens up on 17th, 18th and 19th streets here in Huntingdon and the rest of Huntingdon. Juniata College and the community are not mutually exclusive. We care deeply about what happens in this town,” said Troha. “There isn’t a disconnect, but there is an unawareness — a perceived unawareness — of how we are all after the same thing. That is the betterment of this community.”
 
By everyone working together, he said, Huntingdon can flourish.
 
“We have a tremendous amount of potential which exists in this town. It’s exciting to think about the emergence of a downtown community of thriving businesses, of visitor traffic, of outdoor recreation and of new retail,” Troha said. “It can’t happen through just one entity. It can’t happen through just the chamber. It has to happen collectively. Let’s make it happen together.”
 
Members of Ryan Gibboney’s Integrated Media Arts lab shared a presentation on the work they have done this semester.