4:33 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Survey: Johnstown Residents Happy With Arts Initiatives, But Crime, Blight Need More Attention

Johnstown’s Tribune-Democrat, in Western Pennsylvania, recently conducted an online survey to evaluate progress on local issues. Johnstown is a shrinking industrial city with a nearly 9-percent unemployment rate, and one of the worst-funded pension systems in the state.

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Keystone Crossroads
8:13 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Johnstown Reconsiders Its Industrial Rivers For Recreation

Bob Bridges of Coal Tubin' steers an inflatable boat called the shredder down the Stonycreek River in Johnstown, Pa. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

On a recent summer day, Bob Bridges inflated a boat called the shredder, loaded it on a trailer, took it to an inconspicuous pull off, and launched it into the Stonycreek River.

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2:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Tax Revenue Boost Expected for Cambria County Following Sale of Conemaugh Health System

A western Pennsylvania judge has approved the sale of the Johnstown-based Conemaugh Health System to a for-profit Tennessee network, Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

Under the deal approved Wednesday by Cambria County Judge Timothy Creany, Duke LifePoint will pay $111 million for Conemaugh, and agree to invest $425 million more on capital improvements, including new facilities in Richland Township, near Johnstown, and Ebensburg, over the next decade.

Additionally, the properties in the system will now be taxable.

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Economy & Business
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Johnstown Bets on Quality of Life Initiatives to Drive Economic Development

The Conrad: The flatiron Conrad building sits on the edge of the Stonycreek River in Johnstown, Pa. The building has become a symbol of the city's blight and economic troubles.
Credit Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY


When the lush, green curves of Route 403 give way to the expansive brick buildings of Johnstown's steel mills, innovative economic development is not the first thing that comes to mind. The city's landscape is industrial, full of cement, and accented generously with blight. Its population sits at about 20,000, down from a high of around 70,000. The last time it was this low was in 1890, and people continue to leave.

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Thunder in the Valley
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Johnstown Motorcycle Rally Expected to Draw Crowds

Southwestern PA has experienced its fair share of thunderstorms recently, but Johnstown is expecting a very different type of thunder this weekend.

More than 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators are anticipated at the annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The rally includes four performance stages featuring country, blues, and rock musicians, with headliner band Foghat.

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Arts & Culture
10:48 am
Wed January 22, 2014

'Party' to Make Johnstown a Vibrant Community

“Lift Johnstown” is throwing a community-wide party Thursday -- a “Project Party.”

The goal of the “party” is to connect Johnstown residents with a local non-profit to help improve the community.

“Lift Johnstown is a collaborative effort to reinvent our community as a vibrant, small city,” Brad Clemenson, coordinator, said. “And one of the many ways we do that is we try to engage people in coming out, making a difference, getting involved, getting their hands dirty, working with people, whatever they like to do, you can help, you can make a difference.”

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