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Your Input Needed: St. Marys Transportation Improvements

The St. Marys Chamber of Commerce has been invited by the City of St. Marys to provide input on a transportation study that is underway. The City is working with North Central Pennsylvania Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) to conduct a Multimodal Transportation Study, with emphasis on improving traffic patterns at the Diamond and nearby downtown areas. NPRPDC has retained Michael Baker International to conduct the study. As part of the study, two focus groups will be held with Chamber members. You are invited to attend one of the focus groups as your schedule permits. At leach focus group, the Michael Baker team will seek input on existing transportation conditions in the City for different modes of transportation – vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle.

Focus groups will be held at St. Marys City Hall as follows:
Focus Group 1: Monday, Oct. 30, 7 – 8 PM * Focus Group 2: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

If you are available to attend, please let us know which session suits your schedule. Thank you and please contact the chamber at 814-781-3804 or with any questions.

Help Us Serve You Better – Please Take Our Small Business Needs Survey

Please take our Small Business SurveyThe St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting a brief survey to determine the needs of businesses in our community. We are partnering with our local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clarion University. This short assessment will enable the development of services to help our businesses address current challenges. We respect your time and would greatly appreciate your feedback! CLICK HERE to complete the assessment. The Chamber of Commerce will be provided with access to all of the data collected. We will share the results with you. Thank You!

Celebrating YOU – Let Clarion SBCD Showcase Your Small Business in November!

The Clarion University SBDC is celebrating our local businesses throughout the month of November to highlight Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-19), which dedicated to recognizing entrepreneurs of all kinds, and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), which encourages consumers to shop small and support local businesses. We would like to showcase businesses that we have assisted and promote them through our website and social media. If you’re interested in being featured, please send us a picture and respond to the following questions via an email to by Oct. 30:
1. Your business name & location
2. Description of your services/products
3. What sets your business apart?
4. How are you celebrating Small Business Saturday/Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Funding For Employee Training Available Through WEDnetPA

WEDnetPA’s  reimbursable Training Program is improving the skill level and productivity of Pennsylvania’s workforce! Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania can apply to WEDnetPA for training funds which can be used for Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training. Businesses determine their own training needs and can select among a wide range of training providers,as well as how and where the businesses will receive the training. For more information, visit the WEDnetPA website.

Area Trick or Treat Activities

  • Edgewood Hall Trunk or Treat – Oct. 22 at 2 PM Everyone is welcome to join us for Trunk or Treat! Admission is free! Phone 335-2963 to reserve your spot if you would like to decorate your trunk and pass out goodies. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
  • The City of St. Marys Official Trick Or Treat: October 31 from 6-8pm.

News & Announcements From SMACC Members

PA Great Outdoors Welcomes New Marketing & Membership Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau is pleased to welcome Danielle Taylor as Marketing and Membership Service Coordinator. Danielle will create content and oversee the production of PAGO publications, work with member businesses to develop ads and marketing strategies, develop relationships with new and potential member businesses, and publicize events, attractions, and lodging throughout the region. She began working with PAGO on September 25.

Oktoberfest Elchland Lager Now Available!

Welcome the fall season with this traditional märzen-style lager now available in 6 packs, 12 packs, 1/2 bbls. and sixtels! Oktoberfest Elchland (Elchland is German for Elk Country), has a rich, malty, and smooth taste with mild hop bitterness, a deep amber color, and pours a white foamy head and aromas of dried fruit.

The Elk County Fair Presents Scare At The Fair – Oct. 20 & 21

Get ready for a spooky good time, with food, games, a fortune teller, haunted house, and more! Cost is $5 per person (children 4 and under are free). The Fair is asking for donations for their basket raffle, which should be ready for pickup by Oct. 11 – phone 814-594-1454 or 814-335-5684 to arrange pickup.

Free Grief Workshop, “Preparing For The Holidays” – Nov. 1

The holidays are often a difficult time for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. To help the grieving through the holiday season the Penn Highlands Community Nurses are offering a free holiday grief workshop at their St. Marys Office (757 Johnsonburg Road) on November 1 at 6 PM.  For more information call 814-781-4722.

ECCOTA News & Events

Pittsburgh Opera Bus Trip Nov. 12 – Join us on a bus trip for a Sunday matinee performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Visit or call 814-772-7051 for details.
Become a Teaching Artist – ECCOTA is looking for artists for the Arts in Education Grant Program. Want to learn more? Come to one of our information sessions: 11/6 Cameron County Chamber & Artisan Center; 11/17 Cooks Forest Sawmill Art Center; or 11/27 Elk County Council on the Arts. All sessions are 4 – 6 PM. If you can’t attend a session, contact Liz Scacchitti at or call 814-772-7051
Apply To Be An ECCOTA Holiday Guest Artisan – The Holiday Guest Artisans program is open to artists who have previously applied to become an ECCOTA artist, past ECCOTA artists, those who will apply for the upcoming spring jury session, or who are otherwise approved by the Gallery Committee. No assembled or hobby craft items will be accepted. All items must meet ECCOTA presentation and quality requirements as described here.

Camp Flutterbye – Nov. 11

The Penn Highlands Community Nurses will hold their annual free Holiday Camp Flutterbye on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 AM – 3 PM at The Pines, 1008 Windfall Road in St. Marys. The camp is designed to help children and teens K – 12 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp offers a day of therapeutic activities designed by bereavement professionals, to help campers understand that feelings of grief and sadness are healthy and normal, even during the holidays, and discover ways to cope and enjoy the holiday season. Apply online or call 814-781-4722 or 800-841-9397.

Working Group Forming to Support Lean Culture

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is forming an operational excellence working group in the St Marys area with the goal of helping companies create and/or sustain a Lean culture by providing a collaborative learning and sharing environment.  Lean Together™ is a working group designed to help companies learn how to engage everyone at the organization. The 2-hour, semi-structured sessions will be based on concepts found in the popular book, 2 Second Lean, by Paul A. Akers. Participants will receive the book and engage in ‘book club’ style discussions regarding its’ content. The group will help tailor topics for the stand-up education segments of the program. Sessions will include sharing of best practices, all facilitated by accomplished Lean specialist Craig Corsi, who will also provide personalized coaching onsite at the participating companies. For more information contact Tom Weible at (814) 590-5202 or



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