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Link Computer expands

Software firm on hiring campaign

BELLWOOD — While many area companies have been cutting employees, Blair County’s home-grown software development firm Link Computer Corp. has been on a hiring campaign in recent months to meet the growing demand within its national municipal government marketplace.

“Muni-Link is ‘software as a service’ we developed that provides billing options for water, sewer and other municipal services,” Jack Collins, Link’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “The utility billing market is lacking innovative software options that can replace legacy software. Muni-Link offers advanced features that makes it an easy choice for municipalities and other billing entities. We’ve added 10 new positions in 2019 in this division to serve a national client base. That represents a 30 percent growth rate this year.”

Collins said that this rapid expansion is in addition to the firm’s overall employment of about 100 developers and market sector support.

“We currently have four additional positions we are trying to hire by the end of the year, which would push the Muni-Link division growth rate alone to over 40 percent. Additional staffing is expected in 2020 throughout the firm,” Collins said.

The Altoona Blair County Development Corp. is working with local firms like Link to identify and attract the talent needed to keep this type of expansion going. These higher paying knowledge-based jobs require a different approach to fill, often targeting areas outside of our immediate community. New people coming into the community, investing in housing, schools and adding overall spending power is a trend we need to happen to support all business sectors, said President/CEO Steve McKnight.

“A big need for us, and others like us, is to fill senior positions including experienced project management, operations and marketing team leaders,” Collins said. “We are currently searching for a vice president of sales in the Muni-Link Division.”

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