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Revitalization chief in Latrobe to leave position

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Nick Felice, executive director of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program, stands for a portrait on Main St. in downtown Latrobe on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review

After a little less than two years, the head of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program is resigning to take a position in Cambria County.

Nick Felice, 50, began his tenure in November 2012.

“We've got some good momentum going, so I leave with some regret there, but the development never ends,” he said.

Felice's last day will be June 30, after which Jarod Trunzo, former community engagement and sustainability coordinator for Latrobe, will act as interim executive director.

Felice listed among his accomplishments cooperative and continued work with a facade beautification program, expansion of the farmer's market, launch of a neighborhood watch, projects on Lincoln and Lloyd avenues, and implementation of the Great American Banana Split Festival with St. Vincent College.

Board member Jim Okonak said Felice did work that helped move the city forward.

“Now we've got our work cut out for us to find someone who will continue the work of the revitalization program,” he said, adding that while the city continues the search for a city manager “out cupboard's a little bare.”

However, because Trunzo is familiar with the workings of the organization, the transition should run smoothly, Okonak said.

“He's been both involved in the city and revitalization and a wonderful volunteer throughout the community,” he said.

Felice is stepping down to become the first executive director of the Cambria County Economic Development Authority based in Johnstown.

The newly formed authority is working to develop a foreign trade zone to attract businesses dealing internationally with tax incentives, he said.

“Pennsylvania's a great place,” Felice said. “We have a lot of solid, hard-working people looking for opportunities.”

The new position will also be closer to his home in Bos-well, Somerset County, he said.

“I wish nothing but the best for Latrobe while it continues to revitalize,” Felice said.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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