Business news of local interest

Business After Hours set

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone, 5546 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 943-8151 or online at


Young Agency recognized

The Young Agency of Altoona was among 19 recognized as Inner Circle members for 2017 by Mutual Benefit Group.

This marks the sixth year the Young Agency has been recognized.

The Inner Circle program was established in 1993 to acknowledge outstanding agent performance, recognizing those who have established a consistent record of profitable growth along with superior customer satisfaction.


JARI announces tax program

JARI leaders have announced their Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program for 2018, which will be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

JARI will receive $67,000 to provide a 200-hour welding training program to 25 unemployed/underemployed individuals residing in four neighborhoods located in Johnstown: Cambria City, Coopersdale, Morrellville and Oakhurst.

Manufacturing companies require workers who complete some type of post-secondary education that includes industry-specific credentials. Five manufacturing companies in Cambria and Somerset counties currently have openings for more than 150 welders.

Edward Jones recognized

Financial services firm Edward Jones has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Based on a survey of 3,000 executives, directors, analysts and experts, the ranking takes into account nine criteria from investment value and quality of management and products, to social responsibility and the ability to attract talent.

The Blair County financial advisers are J.T. Tidd in Hollidaysburg; Michael Harris, Katlin Webb and Vicki Karns in Altoona and John Barton in Duncansville.


SFU program recognized

Saint Francis University’s nursing program has been ranked the No. 1 nursing program in Pennsylvania by

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Past and present NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” weighted by year, were analyzed for this ranking.

Saint Francis University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently became the only program in the state to have 100 percent of its graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination for the past four consecutive years.


Rathskeller to reopen

Kelley and Tom Trosko plan to reopen The All-American Rathskeller — which recently closed its doors — on South Pugh Street sometime this spring.

Tom Trosko is a Penn State graduate and worked at the Rathskeller while attending college. He plans to use his years of experience working on historic preservation projects as a landscape architect to ensure this landmark remains true to its character.

“Preserving the atmosphere was key to our interest in becoming the new operators. After a brief break for maintenance, restocking and staff training, we will open in a few weeks,” Trosko said in a statement.