Somerset County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA)
The Somerset County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) was formed under the Industrial Authority Law (Act No. 102 approved August 23, 1967). SCIDA was incorporated by Somerset County and is managed by the Somerset County Economic Development Council. The primary purpose of SCIDA is to facilitate bond financing for qualified businesses in Somerset County. SCIDA is managed by the board of directors who serve a five-year term and are appointed by the Somerset County Commissioners.

SCIDA Board of Directors Officers
G. Henry Cook Chairman
Larry Shober Vice Chairman
Wilbert Kemp Secretary
Michelle Moon Treasurer
Jim Darr Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Gary Bentz
David Mankamyer
Matt Maurer
Harold Nicholson

James R. Cascio Fike, Cascio & Boose Solicitor

Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI)
We work with JARI on programs of mutual interest and benefits to both organizations and the individuals/business we serve. Areas currently being emphasized are workforce development, various business consortia and entrepreneurship development. These are services which are provided to local businesses in Cambria and Somerset Counties.

For more information or help with your workforce development needs, please contact

814-535-8675 (JARI)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SCEDC provides office space for Saint Francis Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who provides free business consulting.

Ms. Annette Chunko is the consultant from SBDC who works with individuals and businesses to address their development needs. Meetings are usually scheduled for Wednesdays in Somerset County.

The SBDC provides assistance to both existing small business owners and those thinking about starting businesses. Assistance comes in two general areas. Of primary importance is to provide free and confidential consulting to entrepreneurs. Assistance is provided in many areas including business plan development, start-up procedures, financing proposals and market analysis. Secondarily, the SBDC presents a variety of seminars and workshops geared to the small business community.

For more information contact
Annette Chunko
Business Analyst

Southern Alleghenies Business Resource Network (SABRN)
SCEDC is a member of a network of non-profit economic development organizations organizations that came together to form the Southern Alleghenies Business Resource Network(SABRN).  The network is equipped and ready to assist entrepreneurs, existing businesses or those considering locating a business to any of the region’s six counties.

For more information contact