This article was originally published as part of the Grow PA solutions journalism project, published by and underwritten in part by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Johnstown and Pittsburgh-based economic development consultant Donald Bonk explains why Cambria County could really use a WiFi-enabled shuttle bus to Pittsburgh.

Cambria County needs a robust regional transit system if it wants to thrive now and in the future.

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive, visited Johnstown on July 26 as part of the Bridge to Pittsburgh initiative in Cambria funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. He was the main speaker at the Johnstown-Cambria County Chamber of Commerce’smonthly luncheon.

There, he shared his priorities for Allegheny County and his tenure: Jobs, regional transit infrastructure and workforce development.

Fitzgerald commended Philadelphia for SEPTA, Southeastern Pa.’s multi-county regional transit system, and hoped Southwestern Pa. might have a similar system in the future.

The growth of Pittsburgh’s technology economy will require increasing numbers of well-educated and highly skilled people. Currently, there are estimated to be 30,000 unfilled vacancies in the Pittsburgh-area job market, mostly due to an education/skills gap.

CAM-TRAN, Cambria County’s current transit system, is self-contained in the county. That said, efforts are under