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Despite facing challenges with ongoing COVID-19 concerns, arts and entertainment organizations are moving forward with programming and projects that will better serve the community.
The City of Johnstown recently received more than $50 million in federal funding – $30.7 million in American Rescue Plan funds for COVID-19 pandemic relief and a $24.5 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant. Approximately one-quarter of the money – $8 million from ARP and $5.6 million from RAISE – is slated to go toward a Main Street beautification project.
Keystone Hospitality has completed its purchase of Holiday Inn Johnstown Downtown, marking one of the largest private financial investments within the central business district in recent years.
Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership will sponsor Last Lights from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Johnstown park to close out the holiday season.
Two of 2021’s top stories in the Cambria-Somerset region were also important national stories for the year. For the second consecutive year, COVID-19, the often-deadly disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, dominated the world news.
More than 30 years after James Wolfe shaped them into art, eight abstract sculptures of Johnstown-made steel have returned to the heart of the city.
There are millions of dollars being invested downtown by property developers and small business owners, some Johnstown natives and transplants.
Reggie Canal, a financial advisor in New Jersey, began to see clients investing in Johnstown property. Johnstown excited him. He jumped into what he saw as the path of progress by purchasing a building in April 2020, a block away from the center of town.
Among developments happening in Johnstown are multiple restaurants, apartments and offices. But the paint is drying on a new day-care center downtown, too.
Chad McLaren and Austin Hoffman bought a home in July, and they have plans to help prevent Johnstown from losing more of its historic residential nature.