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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Stephen McKnight

President and CEO

The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation

Stephen McKnight is president and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. Throughout his career McKnight has worked to identify organizational and community place-based assets, matching them with new market opportunities.

McKnight first worked at the ABCD Corporation from 2000 to 2007, serving as director of corporate services. In that capacity he was member of the Southern Alleghenies Tourism Committee, the Workforce Investment Board and managed the development and marketing of the I-99 Innovation Corridor Initiative. He frequently represented ABCD on a variety of economic development issues before Altoona City Council, municipal boards, as well as print and television media. McKnight went on to work as a site selection consultant and in 2010 was a co-founder of the economic development firm Fourth Economy Consulting, where he worked with communities and industry across the country building competitive operational growth strategies.

A native of Blair County, Stephen is an avid skier and cyclist. He often takes full advantage of all of the outdoor experiences that Blair County and the Central Pennsylvania mountains have to offer and believes that recreation is one the area’s strongest assets.

“Today we are seeing people move and invest here because of the outdoor lifestyle and experience our community offers. The next generation workforce is increasingly choosing places where they want to live first. Reliable technology and a changing work-place culture are helping this to happen. … The more we recognize our unique assets, attract new residents and celebrate their successes, the stronger and more competitive our region will be.”

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