Cambria County is served by more than 40 economic development groups. And they all would be able to better promote the region if they worked more closely together, a report unveiled Friday shows.

The half-inch thick study, prepared by Duane Morris Government Affairs, suggests forming a committee with representatives from the 40 or so economic development agencies so they can tackle the task together. It also says Cambria should consider adding an economic development intermediary to work with the group and county to see efforts through.

“We’ve been given a hot list of achievable goals to greatly enhance economic development in our area,” said Mark Pasquerilla, chairman of the Greater Johnstown Regional Partnership – the group that commissioned the study and one of those 40-plus groups that works to promote the area.

Duane Morris consultant Emily White, a former Department of Community and Economic Development business financing deputy, said the county can make strides locally – and at little expense.

She said forming an all-encompassing economic development committee is a logical first step.

Members, which would include representatives from JARI, Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, county industrial development and others, would be able to better work together, share resources and explore new innovations.

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