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.

The Altoona Blair County Economic Growth Fund (EGF)

The EGF was established to ensure the ongoing operations of ABCD. Communities like Blair County are facing many changes; changes that are being driven by global market shifts. Starting in 2016, ABCD initiated several working group discussions which identified and reinforced 5 key operational pillars for the organization. They are: 1) Core Services; 2) Entrepreneurship; 3) Housing and Place Based Investment; 4) Adaptive Reuse and Infill; and 5) Communications, Engagement and Outreach. Investment in the Economic Growth Fund will be directed towards these key pillars and their associated activities enabling Blair County to achieve our goals. Let’s think big.


Executive Committee:

Dan Hoover, Chair
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Lori Bechtel-Wherry, 1st Vice Chair
Penn State Altoona

Ron McConnell, 2nd Vice Chair
UPMC Altoona

Mark Moschella, Secretary
Warren A. Gingrich Agency

William Hoyne, Treasurer

Steve Foreman, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
M&T Bank

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

Mike Settimio, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
S&T Bank

Advisory Members:

Joe Hurd
Blair County Chamber

Mark Ickes
Explore Altoona

Rex Metz
Metz Sales, Inc.

Legal Counsel:

Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier & Halpern
– Alan R. Krier, Esq.

Board Members:

Ann Benzel – Benzels Bretzel Bakery
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
Michael Fiore – Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
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
Mark Ritchey – Curry Rail Services
George Sidney – McLanahan Corp.
Jamie Van Buren – PennStress



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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

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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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