The Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD) is a private non-profit 501(c)3 certified economic development corporation. We work as a catalyst for business expansion in Blair County, Pennsylvania and through regional partnerships along the I-99 Innovation Corridor. For over 60 years ABCD has been dedicated to business growth and wealth creation throughout Blair County.
ABCD has twice been named the “Large Agency of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and was awarded the project of the year by the Northeastern Economic Development Association. Since our founding in 1946 ABCD has facilitated over 1,000 projects reflecting in excess of $2 billion in total project costs and the creation/retention of thousands of jobs.
Through our economic development financing programs, development services, and all things in between, our goal is simple: to ensure Blair County is the best and most competitive community it can be so we can attract and retain talent, investment and job opportunities for future generations to come.
Over the past several decades, ABCD has served thousands of businesses providing more than $500 million in financing. This investment has enabled local firms to start-up, expand and create new employment opportunities for Blair County residents. The economic impact of these efforts exceeds $2 billion in both direct and indirect benefits on the local economy. Individuals and corporations can invest in ABCD Corp. to ensure we build upon our success and ensure a vibrant and economically sustainable economy for generations to come. Your investment allows us to implement our strategic operational objectives and maximize local economic impact. ABCD’s detailed strategic plan can be found by clicking here. For individuals, please click on the ABCD Economic Growth Fund button below, and for corporate contributions click on the ABCD Capital Campaign Fund button.
Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Chair
Penn State Altoona
Ron McConnell, 1st Vice Chair
Operation Our Town
Mike Settimio, 2nd Vice Chair
Dan Hoover, Immediate Past Chair
Roaring Spring Blank
Ann Benzel, Secretary
Benzels Bretzel Bakery
Steve Foreman, Treasurer
William Hoyne, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Joe Sheetz, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Blair County Chamber
Metz Sales, Inc.
Michael P. Routch, Esq.
Troy Campbell – Altoona First Savings Bank
Andrea Cohen – Blair Companies
James Crawford – Agriculture
Carl Crider, Jr. – DelGrosso’s Amusement Park
Bruno DeGol, Jr – DeGol Organization
Denny Doll – Reliance Bank
Bruce Erb – Blair County Commissioner
Bryan Fisher – First Commonwealth Bank
Nick Gates – First National Bank
Dave Grazier – Kunzlers
Beverly Green – Penelec
Brian Irwin – Irwin Financial
Bob Latoche – NPC, Inc.
Matt Pacifico – City of Altoona
Eric Palmer – Greater Altoona Career & Tech Center
Charles Prijatelj – Altoona Area School District
Paul Querry – Reed, Wertz & Roadman
Mark Ritchey – Curry Rail Services
George Sidney – McLanahan Corp.
Jamie Van Buren – PennStress
Eric Wolf – Amtran
3900 Industrial Park Drive
Altoona, PA 16602
Altoona Blair County Development Corp. | 3900 Industrial Park Drive | Altoona, PA 16602 | main: 814-944-6113
The official registration and financial information of ABCD Corp. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Dept. of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.