Region 6 encompasses Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata and Somerset Counties. The Director term is 2018 – 2021.
Johnstown Regional Sewage Authority
Melissa Komar is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. After working in Pittsburgh as an environmental specialist for GAI Consultants she returned to Johnstown to raise her family. Melissa worked through the ranks within municipal government starting as the GIS Specialist, Land Management Coordinator, Assistant City Manager and spent 2016 as the Interim City Manager. Last year Melissa was honored by the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies with the award for community involvement, as well as one of PA Business Central’s Foremost under 40. Melissa is currently the Executive Director of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. The authority also oversees Johnstown Regional Sewage. The Johnstown Redevelopment Authority exists and operates for two public purposes; the elimination of blighted areas for residential, recreational, commercial, or industrial reuse, and to provide a suitable living environment as well as adequate employment opportunities for the citizens of Johnstown. The mission of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority is to undertake urban renewal and the continued revitalization of the City of Johnstown, using unified public and private partnerships while engaging citizens in a community vision for growth. Melissa was also named the “2017 Woman of the Year” in the category of “professional” by the Johnstown YWCA.
Cambria County is well known for three (3) major flooding events (1889, 1936 and 1977) affecting greater Johnstown. Today, tourism thrives throughout the County with major draws being; The Johnstown Incline Plane, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, the Johnstown Flood Museum-downtown, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Prince Gallitzin State Park and a host of others. Blair County boasts Gardner’s Candies which began in 1897 in Tyrone as a one-store family operation. The Horseshoe Curve Railroad, also in Blair County, is a three track railroad curve completed in 1854 as a way to lessen the grade to the summit of the Allegheny Mountain ridge. The famous toy known as the Slinky is manufactured in Blair County in the town of Hollidaysburg. Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, located in Clearfield (Clearfield County) is famous for their exceptionally large hamburgers. The restaurant keeps expanding the size of their hamburgers to keep the record as having the largest burger in the world. Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County is an 8300 acre man-made lake with 12 public access areas, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, and a marina. Indiana County is known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. The first pretzel bakery in Pennsylvania was in Juniata County. One of the most memorable days in United States history was September 11, 2001, when Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville in Somerset County.