See original article by The Tribune Democrat Here

The Greater Johnstown United Neighborhood Association wants to better inform and empower residents in the area.

On March 28, the newly formed civic organization will hold a question-and-answer session to help residents get the answers they seek concerning the heroin epidemic, blight, the sewer project, gun violence, economic development and other key topics.

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. at Christ Centered Community Church, 531 Somerset St., in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

“In our dealings with the various neighbors in the surrounding neighborhoods, we found out that there were a lot of questions … concerning issues going on in Greater Johnstown,” said Sylvia King, a founding member of the UN.

“In order for us to know what to focus on, the people need to have the voice,” added Justin Maser, a UN co-founder.

Residents in Johnstown and surrounding areas are asked to submit topics that they want addressed. The questions will be compiled and forwarded to community leaders, who will research the subjects.

The UN is hoping to have representatives from the Cambria County district attorney’s office, Johnstown police, U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, state Rep. Bryan Barbin, Vision 2025, Greater Johnstown School District, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and others attend.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. They can be emailed to The Tribune-Democrat at tribdem@tribdem.com or at johnstownun.com. Residents also can call the church at 536-5758.

The forum is a great way to get needed information to those who might not know where to turn or who to ask for answers. An informed public can be invaluable in efforts to revitalize communities.

We urge residents to send in their questions.

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