EA hosted events in Arlington, VA (October 1, 2015) – Harrisburg, PA (October 12, 2015) – and Pittsburgh PA (November 11th, 2015) inviting interested business people and professionals who grew up in the region, to reconnect with the greater Johnstown/Cambria, Somerset and beyond area. We reached out to the alumni associations of 10 local High Schools to ask them to help share the word. The Pittsburgh event had the largest crowd, with 87 attendees. We also had a presentation by AGSM, which is developing a private equity fund to help increase entrepreneurial investment in the region.
The purpose of these events will be to create an ongoing regional “alumni network” of expatriates (those people originally born and/or educated in the region). The goal is to develop an ongoing relationship between these expatriates and our region, and present them with opportunities to invest, partner, mentor, buy, sell, and/or engage in reconnecting with each other for mutual benefit, much like university alumni associations.