Pennsylvania Downtown Center

Pennsylvania Downtown Center Founded in 1987, Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated solely to the revitalization of the commonwealth's core communities.
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Primarily through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Primarily through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Mission: The mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to advance the sense of place, quality of life, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania's downtowns, traditional neighborhood business districts and nearby residential areas.

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Governor Tom Wolf today announced that an additional $96 million in state grants have been approved for 5,373 Pennsylvan...
10/06/2020
Gov. Wolf Announces Additional $96 Million for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that an additional $96 million in state grants have been approved for 5,373 Pennsylvania small businesses that were impacted by the business closure order due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This press release has a link to the summary statistics document.

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that an additional $96 million in state grants have been approved for 5,373 Pennsylvania small businesses that were impacted by the business closure order due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

America Walks annual grant seriesAPPLICATIONS OPEN: 2020 Community Change Grants
10/05/2020
APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2020 Community Change Grants

America Walks annual grant series
APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2020 Community Change Grants

Apply Today for one of our $1,500 Walkable Community Grants Applications Due November 9 at 12am PST Apply Here It's that time of year again! Our annual Community Change Grants are now open for applica

10/02/2020

Creative Business Loan Fund - Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)
in partnership with Bridgeway Capital and Community First Fund

This fund makes available $2.2 million in the form of affordable, flexible financing to small, creative businesses across the commonwealth.

Inspiration for creation of this fund stemmed from the PCA's awareness of a growing need for financial support for creative small businesses, which are important drivers of employment and economic vibrancy. Creative, for-profit businesses add to the state's economic activity and, if supported, will be positioned to play a critical role in helping Pennsylvania's cities and towns recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.

https://gantdaily.com/2020/10/02/wolf-administration-launches-2-2-million-loan-fund-supporting-creative-small-businesses/

More info and to apply:
https://www.arts.pa.gov/Pages/Creative-Business-Loan-Fund.aspx

“Our staff and volunteers work very hard at a job that we love,” said Bill Kohler, director of economic development for ...
10/02/2020
Mainstreet Waynesboro receives Main Street America Affiliate status

“Our staff and volunteers work very hard at a job that we love,” said Bill Kohler, director of economic development for Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. “Our vision is clear and present: Building a vibrant downtown through safe and aesthetic improvements, while attracting new businesses and helping our current ones.”

Congratulations to Mainstreet Waynesboro and the other Pennsylvania programs who have been awarded national accreditation through Main Street America.

Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. received the affiliate status from Main Street America for 2020, its fifth straight year.

10/02/2020

THE TIME IS NOW!
If you have any small business owners on your Main Streets who
A) are in serious danger due to the pandemic shutdowns and business restrictions, and
B) would be willing to speak on camera to plead the case for additional Federal small business relief to help our businesses make it through this, please contact them with this opportunity!

Small Business Ad 2020
What: A film that captures your voice/story and uses it to get the government to act NOW to save small businesses.

Why you: Because we believe the most powerful way to get Congress to act is to hear from real business owners. Their stores, in their words.

How: Because of Covid, our limited budget, and the quick turnaround, we need YOU to be your own filmmaker, capturing your own story on your mobile device and sending it to us to edit.

For details visit https://padowntown.org/whats-happening/news-and-alerts
Main Street America

Transportation is a path to new beginningsUnderserved communities lack equal access to affordable, reliable transportati...
09/30/2020
Lifting up underserved communities – LyftUp | Lyft

Transportation is a path to new beginnings

Underserved communities lack equal access to affordable, reliable transportation. LyftUp is providing access to 1.5 million rides to help people reach food, essential jobs, and services.* Join them, and partners like My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the National Urban League, in lifting up our communities. @LyftUp

https://www.lyft.com/lyftup/access

Through LyftUp, we’re providing access to the free rides people need to get to work, reach essential services, and find new opportunities. Learn more about how we’re lifting up our communities and helping close opportunity gaps.

NEW WEBINAR: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible NeighborhoodsWednesday, Septemb...
09/28/2020
NEW WEBINAR: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods | AmericaWalks

NEW WEBINAR: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join @AmericaWalks for stories from youth leaders who are working to creating safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the future of our communities and they are taking initiative to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

Webinar participants will hear from four student leaders working to create meaningful, inclusive, and lasting change in their communities through innovative programming with the YMCA.

https://americawalks.org/new-webinar-youth-leading-the-way/#

Join us for inspiring stories from youth leaders who are working to creating safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the future of our communities and they are taking initiative to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

[U]nique to this LaunchBox is its bilingual startup resources. Located in a 54% Latinx community, the Hazleton LaunchBox...
09/25/2020
Hazleton LaunchBox helps diverse community of entrepreneurs | Penn State University

[U]nique to this LaunchBox is its bilingual startup resources. Located in a 54% Latinx community, the Hazleton LaunchBox offers bilingual programs to help local entrepreneurs make their business ideas a reality, regardless of their language. @DowntownHazletown

https://news.psu.edu/story/633029/2020/09/24/academics/hazleton-launchbox-helps-diverse-community-entrepreneurs

Anchoring the first floor of the recently renovated bingo hall on West Broad Street in downtown Hazleton, the new Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo Esq. demonstrates how collaborative economic development and public-private partnerships can revive Pennsylvania communities.

09/24/2020

As COVID-19 impacts Appalachia, it's critical to support the nonprofits keeping communities resilient 🏘️ 💙 That's why ARC is launching the Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center, a new training and technical assistance initiative. They're seeking up to 120 Appalachian nonprofits to participate in FREE, virtual small-group trainings during Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 👩🏽‍💻 Sessions will cover financial management, mission and operations, and fundraising. Apply by October 9 at AppalachiaNRC.arc.gov.

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay#VoteReady@NatlVoterRegDay
09/22/2020

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay
#VoteReady
@NatlVoterRegDay

Momentous news to share from SSJ Neighborhood Center - a  wonderful story - congratulations and all the best to this fam...
09/18/2020

Momentous news to share from SSJ Neighborhood Center - a wonderful story - congratulations and all the best to this family!

Thrilled to share some momentous news: Yesterday one our of our Genesis Housing Program families closed on their first home!
Particularly exciting is the fact that this beautiful home has been restored and is within our neighborhood! We have been working to rehab it and thanks to the support of many, it is now home sweet home to this perseverant family! HUGE THANKS to the dedicated supporters and staff who worked to make this dream come true! Primarily funded by private donors, the project also relied on support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit program and The Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grant. In-kind support from Erie High School Building Trades Department students and instructors Mike Trippi and Darryl Herman. Erie's Public Schools, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, City of Erie Government

Be counted! Take the 2020 Census!Main Street America #Census2020
09/15/2020
Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street

Be counted! Take the 2020 Census!
Main Street America #Census2020

It is vital to our nation’s Main Streets and their communities that as many people as possible complete the 2020 Census. Occurring every 10 years, the U.S. Census aims to count everyone living in the country, including non-citizens. The data collected from the census will impact communities for th...

The resolution states that Manus “served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army; earned two degrees from Gannon Univ...
09/14/2020
Erie City Council to honor Manus

The resolution states that Manus “served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army; earned two degrees from Gannon University after leaving high school to serve in the Army; has counseled countless numbers of students in the Erie School District to help them achieve their dreams of going to college; has volunteered his time and talents to numerous community organizations, including the Youth Leadership Institute of Erie; and has contributed to the city of Erie’s downtown business economy as the founder of Manus Enterprises.”

The mural is a public art project, overseen by Erie Arts & Culture, that provides opportunities for minority artists.

Erie Insurance and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through its Neighborhood Assistance Program were also involved with the project, and Sherwin-Williams, the Erie Downtown Partnership and the Erie Parking Authority provided in-kind support.

A new mural of Manus, 92, by artists Caesar Westbrook and Antonio Howard, has been created outside Manus Sunoco, 26 E. 12th St.

Main Streets organizations are working hard to find creative ways to safely engage those visiting their districts during...
09/09/2020

Main Streets organizations are working hard to find creative ways to safely engage those visiting their districts during these continued difficult times. With reduced hours or other operational restrictions as a result of the pandemic, leveraging digital experiences can serve as a key approach to connect tourists and stay-cationers alike with a downtown's rich history and local businesses. One tool in the digital experiences toolkit: smartphone-based historic walking tours. Reposting this week's Main Spotlight, where Ron Cook, CEO and Co-founder of distrx, makes the case for digital historic walking tours by providing insight on the many benefits of smartphone-based tours during the times of COVID and beyond: https://bit.ly/35l0Q3H
#MainStreetForward #WalkingTours #SupportLocalSafely

Main Streets organizations are working hard to find creative ways to safely engage those visiting their districts during these continued difficult times. With reduced hours or other operational restrictions as a result of the pandemic, leveraging digital experiences can serve as a key approach to connect tourists and stay-cationers alike with a downtown's rich history and local businesses. One tool in the digital experiences toolkit: smartphone-based historic walking tours.

In this week's Main Spotlight, Ron Cook, CEO and Co-founder of distrx, makes the case for digital historic walking tours by providing insight on the many benefits of smartphone-based tours during the times of COVID and beyond: https://bit.ly/35l0Q3H

#MainStreetForward #WalkingTours #SupportLocalSafely

As famous mythologist Joseph Campbell explains, “When an audience listens to stories of ordinary people called to great ...
09/03/2020
5 Tips for Sharing Powerful Emotional Stories

As famous mythologist Joseph Campbell explains, “When an audience listens to stories of ordinary people called to great things it helps confirm the belief that we can also become heroes in our own lives.”

https://bloomerang.co/blog/5-tips-for-sharing-powerful-emotional-stories/

How-To Keep Composure While Moving an Audience to Action Many nonprofit organizations are busting at the seams with emotional stories that tug on the heartstrings. Stories of hardship, poverty, abuse, and heartbreak may be difficult to share and difficult to hear but they

Its not too late!There is still time to participate in the 2020 Census online, on the phone, or through snail mail. Visi...
09/02/2020

Its not too late!
There is still time to participate in the 2020 Census online, on the phone, or through snail mail. Visit https://2020census.gov/en.html and click “Respond.”
It’s the easiest and fastest way you can make a difference in your community – and for preservation in Pennsylvania – today. Thanks to @PATrailsofHistory for capturing a picture of this yard sign!

Breaking the Power of Big TechTuesday, September 1, 20202:00 - 3:30 pm ETHear from the experts and advocates that jump s...
08/31/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Breaking the Power of Big Tech. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Breaking the Power of Big Tech
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Hear from the experts and advocates that jump started the movement to take on big tech about the road ahead, what we can expect next in the fight against big tech, and why there is a growing opportunity to take on corporate power.

https://bit.ly/31Jaqew

Hear from the experts and advocates that jump started the movement to take on big tech about the road ahead, what we can expect next in the fight against big tech, and why there is a growing opportunity to take on corporate power. Panel 1: The Need for Big Tech Break Ups Speakers: Maurice BP-Weeks,....

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.The ...
08/28/2020
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Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
DEADLINE Sept. 30
#2020census
https://conta.cc/2EAi0zn

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

Be a Champion of Democracy!Every year, elections in Pennsylvania are made possible by thousands of regular citizens who ...
08/28/2020

Be a Champion of Democracy!
Every year, elections in Pennsylvania are made possible by thousands of regular citizens who serve as poll workers. These are the civic-minded citizens who manage polling place operations on election day. We depend on these individuals to run fair and secure elections, and the need for new poll workers has never been greater.
#ReadyToVote
#VotesPA
#TrustedInfo2020

http://www.votespa.com/getinvolved

A proud moment for all!  Thank you to PDC board member Lenwood Sloan the project’s Executive Director who saw the memori...
08/28/2020
Local leaders, elected officials cut the ribbon on African American history monument - TheBurg

A proud moment for all! Thank you to PDC board member Lenwood Sloan the project’s Executive Director who saw the memorial as a way to pay tribute to Harrisburg’s Old 8th Ward, a historic primarily Black and immigrant neighborhood that was demolished to make room for the Capitol complex. The monument is titled “A Gathering At The Crossroads: For Such A Time As This.” The base, or the “Orator’s Pedestal,” features 100 names of families from the Old 8th Ward. On top sits a map of the historic neighborhood’s streets. Two figures surround the pedestal, African-American abolitionist William Howard Day and suffragist Frances E.W. Harper.

“Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” Sloan said.

As you walk downtown you may see some new faces. Local leaders, elected officials and community members gathered to cut the ribbon on a new monument on the state Capitol grounds recognizing Harrisburg’s African American history. For the past few years, members of the Commonwealth Monument Project ...

Please participate in this Statewide COVID-19 Nonprofit Impact Study - Survey closes this Friday, August 28!https://www....
08/24/2020
PA Nonprofit COVID Response

Please participate in this Statewide COVID-19 Nonprofit Impact Study - Survey closes this Friday, August 28!

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5753134/NPO-COVID-Impacts
Nearly 5 months into Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Response, the need for advocacy is increasing. Together, we must make sure that state and federal bills include nonprofits of all sizes, carving out budget line items allocated to our work, ensuring that regulations do not put undue burdens on operations, and more. Work is happening right now on securing a designated COVID-19 state budget allocation for nonprofits. Time is of the essence.

NPO COVID Impacts.

Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. Participants of this live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.Join Danielle Ar...
08/24/2020
Helping Communities Manage COVID-19: Learning from Age-Friendly Approaches - Smart Growth Online

Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Participants of this live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.
Join Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities @AARP and Lindsey Wallace of the @NationalMainStreetCenter as they examine how communities can use an “age-friendly” lens to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and deploy strategies to help them recover from the pandemic.

Find out more and register for this free webinar via the link below.

http://smartgrowth.org/helping-communities-manage-covid-19-learning-from-age-friendly-approaches/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Helping Communities Manage COVID-19: Learning from Age-Friendly Approaches August 17, 2020 John Coleman Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. EDT Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits. For More Information and to Register The Coronavirus pandemic has upended communities an...

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In light of the current political battle between those counties who want to be yellow (before the Governor), two question I have today. 1. How do we celebrate/reward the businesses who obey the Governor's orders? 2. How does disobedience to the Governor affects the businesses' state funding (PIDA) and federal funding (PPP & EIDL)? Thanks!
Thought everyone would like to see what I've been working on the past 4 days. https://www.facebook.com/MainStreetMountJoy/videos/521840521828845/
FYI... PA Chapter of the American Planning Association. Center for Land Use and Sustainability.
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