Ethan talks with interns from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies who are shaping the future through a philanthropy initiative designed to address some of the region’s current issues with future oriented solutions. The interns (hailing from Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties) share their unique and honest perspectives about how the region’s current leaders can do more to appeal to younger generations.
Over the past two decades the Lower Trail became an integral component of the community fabric in Williamsburg, Blair County. Local leaders stepped up their efforts recently to capitalize on the trail, infuse the town with new spirit, and provide unique experiences to the 70,000 annual trail users. In this episode Ethan talks to Dave Cadle and Mike Biddle, who would like trail users to have a bite to eat, rest their head and experience the outdoors at its best in Williamsburg.
When it comes to next generation leadership, nobody is more inspiring than Melissa Komar, Executive Director of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. In this episode, Ethan and Melissa discuss the unique redevelopment projects Melissa is leading in Johnstown, and how these projects are reducing blight, creating momentum and moving the city forward.
What is Alleghenies Ahead?
Never heard of Alleghenies Ahead? Podcast host Ethan Imhoff provides a five minute introduction to the Alleghenies Ahead planning process.
Recreation and Workforce Development on Campus
Institutions of higher learning are key collaborators in the Alleghenies Ahead planning process. Dr. John Mills has prioritized both recreation and workforce development during his tenure as President of Mount Aloysius College. In this episode, Dr. Mills discusses his recreation based initiatives and the reason he thinks recreation is a key part of future in the Southern Alleghenies region. Dr. Mills also discusses unique workforce development partnerships he is fostering between Mount Aloysius College and local school districts in Blair and Cambria counties.
Rebirth of the Johnstown Inclined Plane Trails
Mike Cook singlehandedly leads the effort to build a trail network in downtown Johnstown, and right beside one of the Southern Alleghenies most visible tourist destinations. Mike tells Ethan about how he and his hearty band of volunteers transformed this once abandoned trail system into a catalytic recreational project.
A Brief History of the Alleghenies Ahead Planning Process
Alleghenies Ahead Project Manager Katie Kinka and Huntingdon County Planning Director Mark Colussy join Ethan to go back to 2014 and the beginning of the Alleghenies Ahead planning process. Katie and Mark provide insights into the award winning, first of its kind effort in Pennsylvania and how exactly six counties came together to create a plan for the Southern Alleghenies region.