ABCD Corp. welcomes new officers

From Mirror staff reports

The Altoona Blair County Development Corp. closed out its 2017 operational year by voting in a new slate of officers, board members and reporting on its annual impact measures.

Longtime board member and Penn State Altoona Chancellor, Lori Bechtel-Wherry, will serve as ABCD board chairwoman, beginning Jan. 1. She follows Dan Hoover of Roaring Spring Water, who has served a full three-year term and who will continue to serve as immediate past chairman.

Newly appointed board members include Eric Wolf, executive director of Amtran, and Paul Querry of the Warren G. Gingrich Agency.

Last month, Andrea Cohen of Blair Companies was appointed to the board to complete the unexpired term of her late father and long-time ABCD board member, Donald Devorris.

“Nothing in economic development happens without a strong and capable board,” said ABCD president and CEO Stephen McKnight in a statement. “We have been very fortunate to have a long and valued legacy of board leaders with the right vision to see many important and high-impact projects through. With our incoming leadership and members, that tradition will continue.”

In 2017, the organization completed 29 business expansion projects resulting in a total capital investment of more than $35 million, which resulted in 203 new jobs committed and 514 retained.

A full and final report on 2017 projects and impact will be made at ABCD Corp.’s annual meeting, which will take place in the spring.