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Cambria Co. Showcase for Commerce kickoff


By: WJAC Web Staff

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- One event that anticipates bringing money and jobs to Cambria County is underway.

The 2014 Showcase for Commerce at the War Memorial in Johnstown is expected to begin Wednesday.

"It's very important to get people that never have been here to the Johnstown region," President of the Chamber of Commerce Bob Layo said.

The showcase will bring defense contractors to the area to showcase what the area has to offer, hopefully bringing in more money through government contracts.

"It's huge. It's produced billions of dollars in contracts," Layo said. "In various families [these contracts have provided] sustaining jobs."

In 2013, exhibitors filled the War Memorial with exhibits ranging from military cars to medical technology.

"I like to say [the Showcase for Commerce] is where you make the contacts to develop into contracts that provide the economics for the area," Layo said.

Local defense companies in the past pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars competing against businesses from all over the area.

"When you look across the country, [there are a] number of these types of shows [that have been] cancelled that [this] committee has worked hard to maintain," Layo said.

The three-day event continues until 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cambria Co. Showcase for Commerce kickoff

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