Alan Kugler travels the state and thinks this region has more untapped resources than many other places he’s been to.

Kugler, a former state official who is president of PAFutures, will be one of more than a dozen speakers outlining their view of the region and its positive aspects in hopes of transforming Greater Johnstown from its industrial past to one of commerce and technology at a workshop Monday.

“It is the entire Cambria, Somerset and Bedford county area,” said Kugler, who will outline ways for communities to reinvent themselves.

Part of the discussion will be Johnstown’s efforts to bring in a full-time Main Street manager and develop one vision for revitalizing the city.

Details of a Broadband wireless network will be outlined, as will updates on the Stonycreek River whitewater project and the Route 219 Heritage Corridor, said David Knepper, director of the Forest Hills Alliance.

Local leaders will get a view of strategic initiatives in the region from people such as John Hargreaves, project manager for Conemaugh Health System, and former Johnstown Mayor Don Zucco, a member of the state Planning Commission Board.

Perhaps bringing the newest message to the region will be representatives of RenewPA, a private initiative gaining statewide attention in its efforts to restore small cities and communities.

Becoming increasingly clear is the need to view issues through a wide-angle lens instead of a microscope.

“The idea is to build value and sustainability in our communities, to speak with multiple voices but to have one message,” Knepper said.

The gathering is sponsored by the Forest Hills Regional Alliance, a 2-year-old group made up of the seven municipalities in the Forest Hills School District.

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