The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation

Experienced. Dedicated. Advocates.

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

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.

Investing in ABCD Corp.

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.

Board

Executive Committee:

Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Chair
Penn State Altoona

Ron McConnell, 1st Vice Chair
UPMC Altoona

Mike Settimio, 2nd Vice Chair
S&T Bank

Dan Hoover, Immediate Past Chair
Roaring Spring Blank

Ann Benzel, Secretary
Benzels Bretzel Bakery

Steve Foreman, Treasurer
M&T Bank

William Hoyne, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Retired

Joe Sheetz, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Sheetz, Inc.

Advisory Members:

Joe Hurd
Blair County Chamber

Mark Ickes
Explore Altoona

Rex Metz
Metz Sales, Inc.

Legal Counsel:

Michael P. Routch, Esq.

Board Members:

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
Tom Foley – Mount Aloysius College
Nick Gates – First National Bank
Dave Grazier – Kunzlers
Beverly Green – Penelec
Mike Grimm – American Eagle Paper Mills
Brian Irwin – Irwin Financial
Bob Latoche – NPC, Inc.
Marla Marcinko – City of Altoona
Ron Muffie – The Hite Company
Elia Ofiesh – Skills of Central PA
Matt Pacifico – City of Altoona
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

SITE SELECTION INQUIRIES

SITE SELECTION INQUIRIES

Patrick Miller
patm@abcdcorp.org
814-944-6113 x1111

Matthew Fox
mattf@abcdcorp.org
814-944-6113 x1115

FINANCING INQUIRIES

FINANCING INQUIRIES

Rich Lasek
richl@abcdcorp.org
814-944-6113 x1117

Renae Guida
renaeg@abcdcorp.org
814-944-6113 x1107

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES

Matthew Fox
mattf@abcdcorp.org
814-944-6113 x1115

Mailing Address:
3900 Industrial Park Drive
Altoona, PA 16602

Altoona Blair County Development Corp.  |  3900 Industrial Park Drive  |  Altoona, PA 16602  |  main: 814-944-6113

990 | 501(c)3 Determination Letter | Annual Report | BCO Disclaimer

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.

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