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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Lunch With Bill Shuster April 1

Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster for a special luncheon Wednesday, April 1 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Shuster, who represents Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, serves as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During this luncheon, Shuster will provide a federal update and also address questions from those in attendance. Questions may be submitted via email to by Friday, March 27. We encourage everyone to attend to welcome Rep. Shuster and to show our support for his efforts to complete U.S. 219. For more information or to register, click here or contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or Pre-registration is required by noon Monday, March 30.

Corsa Coal
Highways & Byways Sponsor
Shumars Welding & Machine Services, Inc.
Highways & Byways Sponsor
Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin
Planes, Trains & Automobiles Sponsor
North American Hoganas
Planes, Trains & Automobiles Sponsor
Somerset Hospital
Planes, Trains & Automobiles Sponsor
AK Coal Resources
Bridge Sponsor
Citizens National Bank
Bridge Sponsor
Eagle Concrete Products
Bridge Sponsor
Rockwood Area School District
Bridge Sponsor
SPK Engineering
Bridge Sponsor

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Somerset County Spring Job Fair

Registration is open for the Somerset County Spring Job Fair, set for 1-6 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Quality Inn Conference Center, Somerset. Click here for a registration form. Information will also be available online at
Presented by

Allegany College of Maryland -
Somerset County Campus
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Bedford-Somerset MH/MR
Bittner Restaurant Group
Cambria Rowe Business College
Choice One Staffing Group
County of Somerset
CVS Health
Family Behavioral Resources
Forever Broadcasting
Geneva College Dept. of Professional & Leadership Studies
Meadow View Nursing Center
Mlaker Transportation (sponsor)
Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology
Pennsylvania CareerLink
Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
QNS Recruiting
Rest Assured Residential Living
SCI-Laurel Highlands/SCI-Somerset
Safari Contract Cleaners
Savemore 2 Makemore
ServiceMaster Cleaning & Disaster Restoration
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (sponsor)
Siemon's Lakeview Manor
Somerset Hospital
Somerset Trust Company (sponsor)
Tableland Services, Inc.
The Baltimore Life Companies (sponsor)
The Learning Lamp
Total Biz Fulfillment
Triangle Tech
Woodmen Of The World
YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles

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Travel To Germany, Oktoberfest This Fall

Epic Journeys LLC of Johnstown has partnered with the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce to offer Alpine Splendors With Oktoberfest, an eight-day tour of Austria and southern Germany Sept. 16-23. Click here for additional information, including fees and a more detailed itinerary, or visit Chamber members are eligible for a discount when booking this tour. For more information, contact Cynthia Watters at Epic Journeys at (814) 266-5070. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 15.

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Concession Stand Opportunity

Laurel Hill State Park is searching for interested parties to fill the recently vacated food and refreshment concession, located at the Laurel Hill Beach.  Additional information and application documents can be found online at or by calling the park office at (814) 445-7725. Applications must be received by April 1, 2015 for consideration.

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Tableland Seeks To Fill Vacancy

The Community Action Partnership for Somerset County (Tableland Services, Inc.) is seeking an experienced senior manager to fill the position of early childhood education director. Qualified candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree in education, management or social services and a minimum of three years’ experience in childhood or administrative management. The position oversees the Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K programs. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Gough at (814) 445-9628.

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LHVB Executive Director Opening

The executive director (ED) is the leader of a public-private organization that promotes and supports the growth of the tourism industry in a three-county region in southwestern PA. The ED must work effectively with a board of directors, broad-based membership and elected officials. Responsible for all functions including marketing strategy, funding, grant administration, fiscal controls, internal operations and supervision of staff. See full job description and application instructions at Applications due by April 15.

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JARI Training Programs

Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) is offering a number of training programs through the Jobs 1st Grant. The grant covers 75% of the cost and attendees are responsible for the balance (25%). Classes will be held in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon or Somerset counties. Click here for information on each of these training programs or contact Deb Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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Cambria County Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Cambria County Job Fair May 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown. Click here for more information or contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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Community Needs Assessment

Tableland Services, Inc. is conducting a needs assessment survey for all Somerset County residents. The purpose of the survey is to identify the needs of Somerset County residents in the areas of childhood education and care; transportation; housing; weatherization and other areas. Responses from the survey will be used to help Tableland better provide the services that are needed by County residents. Please complete the survey and distribute it to your friends, colleagues and family members in Somerset County. The survey is available online. Paper copies of the survey are available by contacting Tableland at (814) 445-9628.

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Stefano Open House

MAMA Open House & Mixer

The Meyersdale Area Merchants Association (MAMA) is hosting an open house at Clapper's Building Materials, 144 Eleventh Ave., Meyersdale, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, followed by a mixer at Morguen Toole, 130 Center St., Meyersdale, from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for more information. Both events are free, but reservations are required by Monday, April 6 to (814) 442-9065 or

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Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner

The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County will be hosting its Steak & Burger Dinner & Auction Wednesday, April 22 at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Somerset. Click here for details or contact the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County at (814) 445-1802 or

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Telling Amy's Story

Soroptimist International of Somerset County will be hosting three sessions of  "Telling Amy's Story" this spring. In this powerful video, "Telling Amy’s Story" is introduced by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay and is told by Detective Deirdri Fishel. "Telling Amy’s Story" follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The victim’s parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death. The hope is that telling this story can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. For more information, click here. Each session will include a light dinner and a special presentation by Katelyn Clem of the Women's Help Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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ACM Somerset County Showcase

Visit Allegany College of Maryland's Somerset County Campus Thursday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a Somerset County Showcase. Learn more about financial aid, transfer opportunities, general college information and more. Click here for more information or contact ACM at (814) 445-9848, ext. 6100.

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Government Contracting Workshop

The JARI PTAC, in conjunction with the Somerset County Economic Development Council and the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a free informational workshop on government contracting on Tuesday, May 5 in the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative meeting room, located at 223 Industrial Park Road, Somerset. Sign-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the workshop to begin promptly at 10 a.m. The workshop will include a presentation regarding getting started in government contracting including resources available, required registrations, and how to look for opportunities. Ample time will be allowed for questions as well. Any business interested in learning about selling to the government is invited and encouraged to attend. Registration is free and the deadline is Friday, May 1. To register or for more information, contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC program manager, at (814) 254-4022 or

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Chamber Calendar

 Lunch With Shuster
April 1, 11:30 a.m.
 Precision Fitness/Highlands Chiropractic Mixer
April 9, 5-7 p.m.
 Somerset County Spring Job Fair
April 23, 1-6 p.m.
 Penn Highlands Mixer
April 30, 5-7 p.m.
 Mega Mixer
May 14, 5-7 p.m.

Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or to RSVP to these events.

USS Somerset Merchandise

The Chamber has USS Somerset coins and hats for sale. Coins are $8.48 each and hats are $16 each. Contact the Chamber for more information.

2015 Chamber Scholarship

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce is offering three $500 awards to area students. Applicants must be a member of the Chamber, an employee of a Chamber member, a child of a Chamber member or the child of an employee of a Chamber member. Some other restrictions apply. See application for details. Applicants must also be planning to attend a Chamber-member institutions. Click here for an application. Applications are also available at the Chamber office or from school guidance counselors. The deadline to register for the 2015 Chamber Scholarship is April 10. Winners will be notified on or before April 30.

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