TCDC Staff

Robert J. Blair
Robert J. Blair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tioga County Development Corporation, the State Certified Industrial Development Corporation for Tioga County. As President/CEO of the Tioga County Development Corporation, he administers theCorporation; provides direct business assistance and loan financing to Tioga County Industries and businesses; serves as the Administrative Entity for the Tioga County Enterprise Zone; is designated by the Tioga County Commissioners as the countywide economic development organization; created and promotes Buy Tioga County; Administers Tioga County Foundation (charitable arm ofTCDC); and developed and administers Leadership Tioga County.  He has been in the field of economic and community development for 37 years.

A native of Tioga County, Bob graduated from the Wellsboro Area School District in 1967. He attended the Williamsport Area Community College, majoring in Liberal Arts (1967-69). He holds a BA from Bloomsburg University in Political Science and Public Administration (1972) and has completed half of his MBA from Syracuse University. Professional Affiliations include: Member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) since 1978; was elected to the PEDA Board of Directors in October 1999; Immediate Past President (2011-2012), President (2009-2011), 1st Vice President (2007- 2009), 2nd Vice President, 2004-2006, Secretary, 2001-2003; Member of the Northeast Economic Development Association (NEDA), 1999 – Present; Member of the Route 15 Coalition & Appalachian Thruway Association; Serves on the Board of Directors & is a Work Group Co-Chair for the Tioga County Partnership For Community Health (1994-Present); NTRPDC Work Force Investment Board (WIB) 2001- Present and NTRPDC RLF Loan Committee 2002-Present.

Bob has three children: Kaleb (dec), SandBee and Anthony. Bob is an Amateur photographer and enjoys reading, cooking, matting & framing and landscaping.

Christie Blackwell
Leadership Development Coordinator

Christie Blackwell is the Leadership Development Coordinator of the Tioga County Development Corporation. With her roots planted firmly in Tioga County, Christie joined Tioga County Development Corporation in December 2005. Before entering the Economic Development field, Christie worked in broadcast television for more than two years.

As Leadership Development Coordinator, Christie develops and implements Leadership Tioga County, including the Youth Leadership Program and theCommunity Leadership Program. She also maintains and develops TCDC’s website, distributes and develops media releases and implements all electronic newsletters and electronic outreach services. Christie also administers the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program which helps funnel local business State taxes back into our public education system.

Christie graduated from Mansfield University with a BS in Communications. During her years at Mansfield University, Christie was a 2-year member of the Women’s Basketball Team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Christie and her husband, Paul, live in Wellsboro with their daughters Karah and Carly and dog Bernie.

Carolyn Conte
Administrative Assistant
Carolyn E. Conte began her position as Administrative Assistant of the Tioga County Development Corporation in April 2001. She was formerly employed as a part-time clerk at Delmar Township and has been an auditor for Delmar Township since 1995. Carolyn graduated with honors from Pennsylvania College of Technology/North Campus with an Associate Degree in Office Technology in December 2000. While attending Penn College Carolyn performed work study in the Library, received a certificate from New Choices/New Options, and was Secretary-Treasurer of Phi Beta Lambda.

As Administrative Assistant, Carolyn’s duties include: Office Management & Public Communications & Interaction (telephone services, reception service, scheduling & attending public meetings); Financial Operations (A/P, payroll, employees fringe benefits & tax reporting, accounts reconciliation); Office Management Procedures (billing, invoicing, building machines operations & monitoring).

Carolyn has lived in Tioga County all her life and has four children: Karen, Kevin, Peter, and Joseph. She has three grandchildren: Christine, Brenna, and Bryon.