.St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce
....53 S. St. Marys St., St. Marys PA 15857 * phone 814-781-3804 * fax 814-781-7302

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Farmers National Bank Thanksgiving Food Drive
Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local families, asking for donations of stuffing mix, cans of cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, or sweet potatoes, or monetary donations. Help families in our community have a happy Thanksgiving!

2015 Big Idea Contest
Are you a small manufacturer or an entrepreneur with a BIG IDEA? Are you looking to bring a new, innovative product or process to market? Are you located in Northwestern PA? If so, you may be eligible to participate in Ben Franklin Technology Partners 2015 Big Idea contest. The winner will receive: $50,000 in cash, an Innovation Adoption Grant of up to $25,000 to work with a PA-based research university, priority access to a low-interest $100,000 loan from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and much more! For more information regarding rules, entry forms and FAQs about the 2015 Big Idea Contest, visit bigidea.benfranklin.org and also feel free to call Liz Wilson, Director, Marketing & Communications, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP at 814-898-6541 or email at lizwilson@psu.edu

Upcoming Blood Drives
Blood Drive at Penn Highlands Elk
• Dec. 2 in the PH Elk education center. With the Holidays approaching, the need for blood becomes greater!

Career, Business & Personal Interest Courses Offered Locally
Need training? Check out these great courses and training opportunities offered in the St. Marys area

November 2014

Community Outreach Open House
date: November 20
location: North Central at 49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 (GPS users – use 651 Montmorenci Road, Ridgway, PA 15853)
time: two sessions, one at 3 PM and one at 5 PM (come early to register)
description: North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission is hosting a Community Outreach Open House with Layne Christensen Company in cooperation with Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson’s Office on November 20, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm. Layne Christensen Company was awarded a $132.5 million contract for the East Branch Dam Cutoff Wall Construction Project by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Both job seekers and potential subcontractors are being targeted in the areas of site restoration, stone protection, cleaning and grubbing, geotextiles, storm water pollution control, seeding, control of traffic, electrical work, temporary power, exterior lighting, site office trailers, janitorial services, wet utilities, telecommunication services, laboratory testing and inspection services, instrumentation and monitoring systems, surveying and mapping control, demolition, bituminous paving, signs and pavement marking, aggregate base, guardrails, chain link fences and gates, dumpster services, waste disposal, ready mix concrete, housing and bulk water supply. *Some subcontracting and hiring has already occurred and not all items listed above are still open for subcontracting or hire. TARGET: Job Seekers / Subcontractors COST: There is no cost to attend this event

An Invitation from North Central
date, time, & location: Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 8:30 am – 10:30 am at Gunner's in St, Marys
description: North Central is holding an Elk County Employers Focus Group for employers located in North Central PA. We need to know how Economic Development, Workforce and Education can collaborate better to assist you! We also need to validate and clarify the survey results - training needs, hiring needs, et. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP: Email or call Pam Streich at 814-773-3162 or pstreich@ncwib.org by end of day November 17, 2014

Light Up Night in Downtown St. Marys
The fun starts with Santa's Parade at 6:30 PM, and Santa arrives at First Commonwealth at 7 PM!! Bring the whole family - there will be fun and festivities for everyone!! Click here for Light Up Night details!!

December 2014

Blood Drive at Penn Highlands Elk
date & location: Dec. 2 in the Penn Highlands Elk education center
description: With the Holidays approaching, the need for blood becomes greater!

A Wreath of Carols
date: Tuesday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 6th
time: 7:30 p.m.
location: St. Leo's Church in Ridgway and Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys
description: Christmas Concert presented by the Concert Choir of Elk County. A social will follow each performance in the church hall

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