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Former PennDOT spokesman new president of Indiana County Chamber

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named James B. Struzzi II, 45, of White Township, the chamber's new president.

Struzzi resigned from his position as assistant press secretary for the Pittsburgh region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 11 on Thursday and will start his tenure as Indiana Chamber of Commerce president on Monday.

Struzzi replaces former president Dana Henry, who retired April 5 after 18 years in the position.

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen for this important position as the president of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce,” Struzzi said. “This is an exciting time for the chamber and Indiana County as we embark on a new era of success and achievement.”

Struzzi began his career with PennDOT in 1999 as community relations coordinator for District 10, based in Indiana. He advanced to his position in District 11, moving his family from Indiana to Bridgeville before moving back to Indiana County last spring.

The chamber envisions Struzzi using his experience in media, public and customer relations, marketing, networking, communication, management and leadership to promote and support the Indiana County business community.

“Jim's work with the media while he was here in Indiana and also in Pittsburgh, I think, was one of the things that caught our attention,” Chamber Board of Directors chairman Bob Kane said of the selection process. “His ability to write, he understands public relations and marketing, that's what he's been doing for the last 13 years, that really kind of caught our attention.”

Struzzi also sees modernizing and upgrading the chamber's website and improving its social media presence as priorities

“There is great opportunity now to grow the chamber to the benefit of our current members and create a magnetic, energizing organization that new members want to be part of,” Struzzi said. “While the chamber has done many great things in the past, the door to an incredible future is just opening.”

Struzzi and his wife, Christina, live in White Township with their four children. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and has taken courses toward a master's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also a published author who has written two young adult novels set in Indiana County.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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