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A Solution in the Fight for the Future

People in Johnstown think they have the solution for a down economy.
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY - People in Johnstown think they have the solution for a down economy.

The economic problems in Johnstown didn't happen overnight, and the solutions won't be overnight either. But there are people who are confident they can make it happen.

Dave Layman bought an old machine shop that used to make axles for Bethlehem Steel. It's called the Cambria Industrial Development Park. He’s clearing out what was left, and is getting it ready to move new industries in.

There's still plenty of work to be done on the inside, but Layman is already talking with businesses locating there. And he says he’ll work with anyone who has an interest in job creation in the city.

Alan Cashaw is a community leader who's looking at a long-term solution for Johnstown. He thinks Johnstown needs more small home-based businesses.

But he thinks the real solution is to start with the next generation. He wants people to focus on education and forging Johnstown into an intellectual center. He knows that answer is 18 to 30 years away, but he thinks its the best answer.

Both men are using their passion for Johnstown to Fight for their Future.
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