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Somerset County Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Somerset County Job Fair, set for 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Founder's Hall at the Somerset County Education Center. Click here for a registration form. Sponsorships are also available. Information is available online at www.somersetpajobfair.com. This event is hosted by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset County Commissioners, Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County and JARI.
Sponsors:
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset Campus
Family Behavioral Resources
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1801
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
QNS Recruiting
Riggs Industries
Saint Francis University - Adult Degree
Schneider
Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Somerset Trust Company
Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board
Spherion Staffing
The Patriot

Participants:

Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset Campus
Bedford Somerset DBHS
Brown Equine Hospital
Continuum Pediatrics
CVS Health
Family Behavioral Resources
Geneva College Dept. of Professional & Online Graduate Studies
Goodwill Industries
HMS Host South Somerset
Interim Health
Meadow View Nursing Center
Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
QNS Recruiting
Riggs Industries
Safari Contract Cleaners
Saint Francis University
Schneider
SCI-Somerset/SCI-Laurel Highlands
Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Siemon's Lakeview Manor
Somerset Hospital
Somerset Trust Co.
Spherion Staffing
State Civil Service Commission
Teen Quest
The Patriot
Triangle Tech

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Save The Date: Chamber Annual Dinner

Electronic Payment Now Available

The Chamber now offers a fast and easy way to pay your Chamber dues, event registrations and more without the hassle of writing a check, giving your credit card information or having to submit your invoice for payment. EZ Pay is a more convenient way to register for events and renew your membership. You have the ability to have your payments done automatically each time you register for an event or renew your dues, or you can just let us know event by event or when you pay your dues to make your payment for you. Monthly or quarterly payment options available. Have your dues deducted automatically from your account on a monthly or quarterly basis. Instead of one large payment, pay in small installments throughout the year. Payments would be deducted from whichever bank account you prefer. All bank information is kept strictly confidential and will only be used with your permission. It’s simple to sign up for EZ Pay. Contact the Chamber to set up your payment account. We will need your bank account number, routing number and contact information for any questions we may have. EZ Pay is free an you can discontinue this service at any time without penalty. Sign up for this convenient option today and make your day a little less hassle free.

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See Paris, Normandy With Epic Journeys

The Chamber has partnered with Epic Journeys for a tour of France May 12-20. On this nine-day trip, tour Paris, Normandy, Brittany and Chateau Country as well as other sites. For more information and a detailed itinerary, click here or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Breakfast with the Commissioners

Visit Somerset DQ Grill & Chill from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, October 14 to meet and enjoy breakfast with Somerset County Commissioners John Vatavuk, Gerald Walker and James Yoder.  Dairy Queen will donate half of the proceeds from breakfast sales to Childrens Miracle Network. For more information, contact Dairy Queen at (814) 445-2652

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U.S. 219 Study

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT/SHA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have collaborated on a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study. This study is currently underway for the US 219 corridor which extends approximately 8 miles from the southern end of the Meyersdale Bypass in Somerset County, Pa., south to Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Md. The PEL study is conducted as part of planning, and occurs prior to and separate from NEPA. During PEL, no "project" studies are conducted to determine if a potential project exists. Data collected and analyzed during the PEL study can be used during future project development, as funding for improvements becomes available. PEL allows for an analysis of optional study alignments, and consideration as to whether portions of those alignments can be cleared environmentally, designed and constructed as stand-alone independent projects. Stand-alone projects identified during the PEL study must have independent utility, have logical termini and not restrict potential options for future reasonably foreseeable transportation improvements. A PEL study “acknowledgement” from the FHWA was issued on July 21, 2016. The PEL document is available online and in public repositories throughout the project area.

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Tourism Grant Workshops

The tourism grant cycles for Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties are about to begin. Plan to join the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau for the workshop specific to your county to learn what the review committees want to see in your grant applications for 2017. All sessions are FREE and will be held from 9-11 a.m. Please RSVP to rroehrig@laurelhighlands.org by September 30. Reservations required.
  • October 4 - Westmoreland County Grant Workshop, Westmoreland County Community College, Room 2303 in Commissioners Hall
  • October 5 - Somerset County Grant Workshop, Somerset Country Club
  • October 6 - Fayette County Grant Workshop, Penn State Eberly Campus
Grant applications will be available online starting Friday, October 7. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 18. Grants will be reviewed in December and early January, and grants will be awarded in early February.

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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services encourages families, businesses, schools, communities and organizations to participate. This annual campaign seeks to transform awareness into action by encouraging all citizens to take the necessary steps to ensure that their families, homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds. If the public has any questions about preparation for disasters or emergencies please come see our free public informational display during the month of September at the Somerset County Office Building Annex Rotunda located at 300 N. Center Ave., Somerset. The ReadyPA campaign can help you and your loved ones prepare for a disaster. The campaign’s website, www.ReadyPA.org (or 1-888-9-READYPA), offers important information like what to include in a preparedness kit and how to create a family emergency plan. Knowing what to do is your best defense in any emergency, so start planning now. This September, share that message with others by encouraging them to “Be Informed, Be Prepared, and Be Involved.”


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USS John P. Murtha Commissioning

The Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce and the commissioning committee are seeking donations and sponsorships to support the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha Oct. 8 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. More than $235,000 must be raised to cover the costs of commissioning week, including several receptions, gifts and plaques to the ship and of her 360 crewmembrs, as well as sponsoring activities for the crew and their family members while in Philadelphia. Click here for more information or visit www.ussjohnpmurthacommissioning.org.

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Brain Based Customer Service and Sales

Since the recession of 2008, keeping customers satisfied and growing hasn’t gotten any easier. New science reveals how the brain makes decisions, and proves how many customer relations and sales strategies are not aligned with our brains. Join Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and  John Moore of Moore Power Sales Vision for "Brain Based Customer Service and Sales" at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 5 at the Somerset County Education Center. In this free session, discover how the brain decides what to buy and from whom. See what it takes to connect with a customer to address individual, ongoing needs and expectations. You’ll be able to match your selling and servicing strategies on several key areas to see if you are working with brain biology or against it! For more information, click here or call (814) 262-3815.

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Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference

Join JARI for the 14th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference October 4 for a line-up of health and safety workshops and take the opportunity to meet with dozens of vendors that can help enhance the quality of your safety programs. Registration is open for both vendors and attendees. For more information, click here or contact Deb Balog at (814) 262-8366 or dbalog@jari.com.

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Vietnam Veterans Commemoration

Pa. Senator Pat Stefano will recognize and honor the Vietnam veterans of the 32nd Senatorial District for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States with a special commemorative ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 5 at Somerset Area High School. In accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” A special Vietnam Veterans’ lapel pin has been produced as part of the commemorative program and will be distributed to attending veterans. In order to attend this event and to be eligible to receive the commemorative pin, the recipient must be a United States veteran who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location. To fully accommodate all who wish to attend, and ensure a sufficient quantity of the commemorative pins, register for the event by using this online form. Questions regarding the event may be directed to Sue Quinn in Senator Stefano’s district office at (724) 626-1611.


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