The Blair Alliance for Business & Economic Growth

Experienced. Dedicated. Advocates.

Who We Are

The Blair County Alliance for Business and Economic Growth

The Blair County Alliance for Business and Economic Growth is a private non-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to grow the economy, attract new investment and improve the quality of life for all Blair County residents.

The Alliance serves as Blair County’s leading resource for facilitating economic, community and business development. Through our coordinated economic development financing programs, member services, advocacy, technical assistance, and all things in between, our goal is simple: to ensure Blair County is the best and most competitive community it can be to attract and retain talent, investment, and job opportunities for future generations to come.

The Alliance has two-member affiliated entities: The Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation and the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

Alliance Member Organizations:

  • The Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD) is a private non-profit 501(c)3 certified economic development corporation. We work as a catalyst for business expansion in Blair County, Pennsylvania and through regional partnerships. For over 60 years ABCD has been dedicated to business growth and wealth creation throughout Blair County. Since our founding in 1946 ABCD has facilitated over 2,000 projects reflecting more than $2 billion in total project costs and the creation/retention of thousands of jobs.
  • The Blair County Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1887 as a membership association of businesses and organizations working together to promote, inform, educate, and advocate for the membership and the community. The Chamber now has more than 1,000 members constantly looking for new ways to make an impact. Whether it is a program that we initiate or an event in which we collaborate with others, we get results! Our members’ success is vital to us and that is why the Chamber takes pride in its advocacy role by looking for ways to help our member businesses succeed.

Blair Alliance

Economic Development

Chamber of Commerce

Stephen McKnight
President & CEO

Blair Alliance
O: (814) 944-6113 x 1 |
M: (814) 312-5251

Matthew Fox
VP Business Retention & Expansion
Blair Alliance
O: (814) 944-6113 x 2 | M: (814) 418-9205

Tom Seasoltz
VP Finance & CFO
Blair Alliance
Office: (814) 944-6113 x 3

Colleen Carruthers
Executive Assistant
Blair Alliance 
Office: (814) 944-6113 x 7

Rachel Prosser
Accounting Manager
Economic Development
Office: (814) 944-6113 x 4

Renae Lynn
Economic Development Program Manager
Economic Development
Office: (814) 944-6113 x 5

Marcus Edwards
SBA Program Administrator & Economic Development Lender

Economic Development
Office: (814) 944-6113 x 6

Jennifer Fleck
Director of Chamber Operations
Chamber of Commerce
Office: (814) 943-8151

Linda Stotler
Marketing & Communications Manager
Chamber of Commerce 
Office: (814) 943-8151

Jessie Covert
Membership Development Manager
Chamber of Commerce
Office: (814) 943-8151

Brittany Mayer
Digital Media Manager
Chamber of Commerce
Office: (814) 943-8151

Megan Rossman
Membership Engagement Manager
Chamber of Commerce
Office: (814) 943-8151

Laurie Mayer
Accounting Specialist
Chamber of Commerce
Office: (814) 943-8151

Board Members

Executive Committee:

Ron McConnell, Chair
Operation Our Town

Ann Benzel, 1st Vice Chair
Benzels Bretzel Bakery

Mark Ritchey, 2nd Vice Chair
Curry Rail Services

Mike Settimio, Secretary
S&T Bank

Troy Campbell, Treasurer
Altoona First Savings Bank

Phil Freeman, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Reliance Bank

Dan Hoover, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Roaring Spring Blank Book

Joe Sheetz, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
Sheetz, Inc.

Clark Stapelfeld, Asst. Sec./Treasurer
New Pig Corp.

Advisory Members:

Nicole Hemminger

Blair County Administrator

Mark Ickes
Explore Altoona

Nate Kissell
Interim City Manager, City of Altoona

Legal Counsel:

J. Benjamin Yeager, Esq.
Yeager & Eberhardt Attorneys at Law

Board Members:

Josh Baker – Amtran
Kris Baronner – M&T Bank
Robert Bilger – Kish Bank
Andrea Cohen – Blair Companies
Mike Corso – UPMC Altoona
Derek Coughenour – James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Ron Darbeau – Penn State Altoona
Bruno DeGol, III – DeGol Organization
Michael DelGrosso – DelGrosso Foods
Joe Diamond – PA Farm Bureau
Richard Fiore, Jr. – Leonard S. Fiore
Nick Gates – First National Bank
John Horell – GAEDC Chair
Brian Irwin – Irwin Financial
Frank Montecalvo – St. Francis University
Matt Pacifico – City of Altoona
Eric Palmer – Greater Altoona Career & Tech Center
Bo Pratt – Rockland Manufacturing
John Russell – InspectionGo
Kirsten Stratton – KMS Interior Design
Adam Ward – Ward Transport & Logistics


No one should set a course without a good map. Our mission, goals and the steps needed to achieve them are the result of solid planning effort with community input every step along the way. While our 5-year strategic plan is our north star, the Alliance planning foundation is wide and deep. Below is a planning resource library. Check out a copy – There are no late return fees!


Matthew Fox
814-944-6113 x2


Tom Seasoltz
814-944-6113 x3
Renae Lynn
814-944-6113 x5


Jennifer Fleck
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