Department of Defense Promotes Revitalization with Grant

The Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, a proponent of developing comprehensive strategies to adjust to defense industry cutbacks, is giving back to the Johnstown community with a donation of $315,976 to The Creator Square Project. The grant was authorized Thursday by the Cambria County commissioners.

The Office of Economic Adjustment was founded in 1961 on the principal to cultivate strong programming opportunities throughout communities within the United States pertaining to economic development and adjustment strategies. The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment grant is to be added to The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’s grant to help initiate renovations to the Conrad building on market square.

An article in Johnstown's Tribune-Democrat provides more information here

Creator Square Secures Parkview Building for First Facility

Creator Square is pleased to announce that we have secured the Parkview building as the first step of implementing our Master Plan. We are incredibly thankful to help from those who generously purchased the building on our behalf.

The Parkview Building, located in Johnstown's iconic Central Park, will be occupied by our initial maker workshop, community space, and collaborative live/work spaces. Housing our flagship residency for creators, makers, and artists, the Parkview building will become Creator Square's home when we break ground in late 2015. We are enthusiastic at this step in implementing our program and growing the creative community in Johnstown by providing a significant presence in downtown Johnstown.

The workshop will be the community's creative corner on Central Park, allowing commerce, communication, creativity, culture, to meet in one center of collaboration and learning. The center includes an extensive crafting and technology workshop in the lower level, a gathering and exhibition space with capacity for gallery, store, and cafe use on the street level, and live/work spaces for the resident creators on the upper two levels. The facility is meant to engage the street and promote street activity as a key stop for any active community member or visitor excited to learn about the maker movement. The Creator Center is the first step in a project that may include additional education, workshop, community, and residence spaces in the future.

Creator Square Project Shared at White House

Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic recently attended the first White House Maker Faire in Washington, D.C. The Maker Faire was conceived by the White House to promote creativity and invention in America's economy by facilitating and drawing attention to the efforts of America's diverse brand of entrepreneurial, artistic, technically inclined, and business savvy makers creating the future of our nation's economy.

Mayor Janakovic was invited to the event along with other mayors from throughout the country who share the drive to lead as innovative, maker-friendly communities. The mayor was able to discuss projects that included Creator Square with colleagues and in formal discussions. Topics of insight included policy methods for organic economic growth and best practices to promote maker communities.

Mayor Janokovic participated in a roundtable with many of America's leading mayors, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. The mayors collaborated to produce the Maker Mayor Action Report in conjunction with White House staff.