H.A.I.D.A.

Mission and Purpose

The Hastings Area Industrial Development Association (HAIDA) was formed in October of 1955 to promote industrial, economic and community development in northern Cambria County and vicinity. The major purposes of the organization are to:

1. administer Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) Loans and other applicable financing programs and to apply for governmental grants, secure commercial bank loans and accept individual bequests and Foundation Gifts.

2. carry on such planning, fundraising and other activities related to our purpose and to make contributions to other exempt organizations.

3. purchase land, develop infrastructure, make site preparations, construct new buildings and purchase and renovate existing buildings.

4. conduct surveys and develop a marketing strategy to promote our goals.

5. engage in any and all activities consistent with and in furtherance of the above purposes.

History

The Hastings Area Industrial Development Association (HAIDA) was founded as an outgrowth of the slumping coal industry in the northern part of Cambria County. The initial purpose was to bring in new industries which would employ the citizens of Hastings and the surrounding area. More than 50 years later, HAIDA is still meeting monthly to promote job development and continued growth in the area. A few of the most recent major accomplishments include:

2014 – Ground broken for Senior Cottages
Agreement with Verizon for the erection of a Cell Phone Tower for Hastings
2013 -Grant obtained for erection of three senior cottages.
DCI begins expansion plans into Suites E-1 and E -2. HAIDA Office relocated to Suite A-2 which was recently vacated by Rezk Medical Supplies
Continue to actively pursue the possibility of a Rt. 36 connector into the Business Park.
2012 – Agreement with NCCDA to pursue a grant for the development of senior
cottages
2011 – Suite B buildout completed and Curves becomes the new tenant in Suite B.
2007 – Eleven of sixteen lots in Laurel Drive development have been sold and homes are being built on the sites.
2006 – HAIDA Professional Building was dedicated and currently houses 6 businesses.
2005 – Business Park sign erected with names of 7 businesses in the park.
2001 – Began purchasing rights of way for the access road from the business park to Rte. 219.
1998 – Donated eleven acres of ground to Miners Medical Center for a new facility.

Priority Goal List – 2014:

Following the discussion of the goal lists, the floor was open for the identification of priority goals for 2014. The goal list is as follows:
1. Actively explore the availability of properties that we can purchase for additional development.
2. Pursue the development of additional parking spaces at the professional building.
3. Continue to attempt to fill all vacancies in the professional building.
4. Cooperate fully with NCCDA to bring additional senior housing into Hastings.
5. Continue cooperation with other community entities.
6. Continue work on the organization of HAIDA office files.
7. Continue to actively pursue a cell phone tower for Hastings.
8. Actively participate in the 125th Anniversary celebration of Hastings in August, 2014.
9. Continue to pursue the Rt. 36 access road into the Industrial Park and access to development of the 3 ½ Acres behind the Kirkpatrick property.

HAIDA Officers – 2014

President – Richard Stewart
Vice President – William Holtz
Secretary – Kathy O’Rourke
Treasurer – Chris Connor
Asst. Treasurer – Donna Bobal

HAIDA Board of Directors -2014

Three (3) Yr. Term 2016:

Chris Connor, Dolly Frontino, Bill Holtz, Fr. Thaddeus Rettger, Joe Taranto, Susan Hutton

Two (2) Yr. Term 2015:

James DeSalvo, Jr., Don Drass, Anna Marie Minemyer, Kathy O’Rourke, Joe Owens, Kelly Yanitelli

One (1) Yr. Term 2014:

Donna Bobal, Richard Frank, Wendell Routch, Richard Stewart, Michele Bernard, Wayne Wholaver

 

Additional Information

For further information regarding business space and available land for industrial or residential development, contact any members of the HAIDA Board of Directors or phone, fax or e-mail to the following:

Phone/Fax: (814) 247- 6111

E Mail: hastingsida@verizon.net

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