Could the Johnstown area be a destination for Afghan immigrants to relocate. That is the question posed by the vision together 2025 Group. The Vision Together 2025 President confirmed an exploratory committee was formed to look into recruiting possible Afghan refugees to Cambria County.
The US government says they evacuated more than 75,000 Afghans after the US pulled out of Afghanistan. Some 50,000 have already been placed in local communities. The rest remain on six military bases across the U.S.
Vision President Mike Tedesco says in a statement that the idea is being discussed to bring some of those refugees here as a possible solution to the declining population and skilled worker shortages. His statement went on to say Vision Together 2025 sees an opportunity to grow the Johnstown economy in a manner that honors our heritage by continuing our story of immigration. Tedesco says it will require many agencies to come together and use other cities as examples.