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.


Executive Committee:

Ron McConnell, Chair
Operation Our Town

Ann Benzel, 1st Vice Chair
Benzels Bretzel Bakery

Mark Ritchey, 2nd Vice Chair
Curry Rail Services

Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Immediate Past Chair
Penn State Altoona

Mike Settimio, Secretary
S&T Bank

William Hoyne, Treasurer

Troy Campbell, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Altoona First Savings Bank

Dan Hoover, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Roaring Spring Blank Book

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

Advisory Members:

Ken Decker
City Manager, City of Altoona

Nicole Hemminger
Blair County Administrator

Joe Hurd
Blair County Chamber

Mark Ickes
Explore Altoona

Rex Metz
Metz Sales, Inc.

Legal Counsel:

J. Benjamin Yeager, Esq.
Yeager & Eberhardt Attorneys at Law

Board Members:

Sigrid Andrew – James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Robert Bilger – Kish Bank
Andrea Cohen – Blair Companies
James Crawford – Agriculture
Bruno DeGol, Jr – DeGol Organization
Michael DelGrosso – DelGrosso Foods
Bruce Erb – Blair County Commissioner
Bryan Fisher – First Commonwealth Bank
Jan Fisher – UPMC Altoona
Phil Freeman – Reliance Bank
Nick Gates – First National Bank
Beverly Green – Penelec
Brian Irwin – Irwin Financial
Matt Pacifico – City of Altoona
Eric Palmer – Greater Altoona Career & Tech Center
Charles Prijatelj – Altoona Area School District
Paul Querry – Reed, Wertz & Roadman
John Russell – InspectionGo
George Sidney – McLanahan Corp.
Jack Sinclair – GAEDC Chair
Clark Stapelfeld – New Pig Corp.
Eric Wolf – Amtran



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Matthew Fox
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Tom Seasoltz
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Renae Lynn
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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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ABCD Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider and Employer. Complaints of descrimination should be sent to:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410

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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