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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Introducing the Main Street Forward Awards. This special awards program seeks to showcase forward-thinking Main Street r...
12/16/2020
Announcing the Main Street Forward Awards

Introducing the Main Street Forward Awards. This special awards program seeks to showcase forward-thinking Main Street recovery and resilience efforts at this unique and challenging moment. The goal is to collect a series of award winners that can serve as examples for the network, and for the country at large, of the power and perseverance of Main Street.

Winners will receive a $1000 prize to support their program and be featured at a dedicated awards plenary at the Main Street Now virtual conference in April. Follow the link for more details including criteria.
@MainStreetAmerica
#MainStreetForward
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Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic...

Main Street directors and Coordinators play a key role in advancing preservation-based economic development across the c...
12/15/2020
New Survey: The Future of Historic Preservation

Main Street directors and Coordinators play a key role in advancing preservation-based economic development across the country. Please take 10 minutes to complete this @MainStreetAmerica survey created by the University of Pennsylvania and The 1772 Foundation. Thank you!

https://conta.cc/38a67uE

This survey is a project of the Weitzman School of Design’s PennPraxis’ Urban Heritage Project at the University of Pennsylvania, and is supported by the 1772 Foundation.

Congratulations to all! Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. is one of a handful of community programs in the state to be honored ...
12/14/2020
Mainstreet Waynesboro honored with two Townie awards

Congratulations to all! Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. is one of a handful of community programs in the state to be honored as a Townie Award recipient for 2020, the Pennsylvania Downtown Center announced recently.

Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. a nonprofit whose sole mission is the revitalization of the downtown’s commercial core, joins Venture Lititz, Downtown Lititz, and Easton Main Street Initiative as double winners. For the full list of winners visit Pennsylvania Downtown Center.
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Mainstreet Waynesboro was honored with two Townie awards

"First, Covid-19 will not kill off cities like New York and London. Global cities will not only survive but revive—as th...
12/11/2020
Will Coronavirus Be the Death of Cities? Not So Fast

"First, Covid-19 will not kill off cities like New York and London. Global cities will not only survive but revive—as they did after even deadlier epidemics, economic crises, wars and natural disasters in the past—as their commercial spaces are transformed into mixed-use areas where people live and work. This is because the clustering force—of talent and innovation—is a core characteristic of this new reset. But, smaller cities and suburbs as well as rural areas also have the ability to thrive as people flock to them because of their ability to do far-flung jobs remotely."
Read more:

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An urban expert on how the pandemic will give us a once-in-a-century opportunity to reshape our cities, suburbs and rural areas.

12/10/2020
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"While the pandemic may be the immediate culprit driving these trends, the reason small businesses have been so vulnerable to this crisis is that decades of policy decisions have weakened small businesses while allowing dominant corporations to grow unabated." https://conta.cc/3m9RaO5

Small business owners in Pennsylvania: Main Street America is appealing to state and federal lawmakers on behalf of Main...
12/03/2020
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Small business owners in Pennsylvania: Main Street America is appealing to state and federal lawmakers on behalf of Main Streets and their small businesses, so they’re seeking participation in a quick text message-based survey. The survey takes 1-2 minutes and can be filled out quickly on your phone. You can either receive the survey by texting the word “survey” to 833-945-1313 or by clicking https://bit.ly/37tQrC9. (Note that if you click that link on a mobile device, it will pre-populate an opt-in message with the word “survey,” so just hit send with that message on your phone to receive the first survey question.) Thank you! Main Street America

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#smallbusinesses
#smallbusinessowner
#ShopSmall

If you are a small business owner, please enter your mobile number below to receive a quick survey where you can let us know how you're faring with COVID-19.

“Markets can be part of the solution for a lot of major societal issues, but without a strategic approach and strategic ...
12/02/2020
There’s No Better Time to Turn Streets to Markets

“Markets can be part of the solution for a lot of major societal issues, but without a strategic approach and strategic local policies, not to mention real investment and management, they don’t do nearly as much as they could.” @StreetsblogUSA

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The street market is a powerful and ancient idea that’s overdue for a big U.S. comeback, a new report argues — and during a COVID-19 holiday season, there’s no better time to get the SU…

Slinky is one of the world’s most recognizable toys, but not everyone is aware of its Pennsylvania roots — a factory out...
11/30/2020
The Slinky factory springs back to life - Keystone Edge - What's Next & Best in Pennsylvania - Growth, Innovation, and Community News

Slinky is one of the world’s most recognizable toys, but not everyone is aware of its Pennsylvania roots — a factory outside Altoona made the iconic toy for decades before closing down earlier this year.

Now, the Slinky factory in Hollidaysburg is getting new life thanks to an acquisition by global toy company @JustPlay, which is also based in Pennsylvania.

“Every Slinky in the world is made there,” says Matt Fox, director of business expansion at Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, @AltoonaBlairCounty

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Slinky is an American icon and it's also the ultimate "Made in PA" story, one with twists, turns, drama, and a happy ending for Hollidaysburg.

Pennsylvania Downtown Center's cover photo
11/30/2020

Pennsylvania Downtown Center's cover photo

11/20/2020
McNees Launches Program (LEAP) Designed to Help Black-Owned or Black-Controlled Businesses Thrive - McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC announces the Legal Equity Advancement Program (LEAP), which will provide up to five black-owned or black-controlled businesses with up to a year’s worth of pro bono legal services.

The first deadline for business owners to complete and submit the brief initial application is December 11, 2020.

If you have questions or wish to submit an application, please contact Nicole Fiamingo, 717-237-5448 or [email protected].

https://www.mcneeslaw.com/mcnees-launches-program-leap/

Through LEAP, McNees will award up to five such businesses with $50,000 each of pro bono legal services during their first year of engagement with McNees.

Download these free promo materials and unite in our campaign to support locally-owned/downtown businesses. #NoPlaceLike...
11/20/2020

Download these free promo materials and unite in our campaign to support locally-owned/downtown businesses. #NoPlaceLikeLocal

If you are interested in additional Buy Local/Live Local resources and to learn more about PDC membership please visit padowntown.org.

https://padowntown.org/article/buy-local-live-local-campaign

“A Gathering at the Crossroads: For Such a Time as This” monument.The monument commemorates the Old 8th Ward, which was ...
11/18/2020
Old 8th Ward monument completed, commemorating historic Harrisburg neighborhood

“A Gathering at the Crossroads: For Such a Time as This” monument.

The monument commemorates the Old 8th Ward, which was a predominantly African American and immigrant neighborhood east of the state Capitol that was removed to make way for what is now the Capitol Complex.

A monument to Harrisburg's Old 8th Ward was completed today with the installation of the final two bronze figures Monday. The Old 8th Ward was a predominantly African American and immigrant neighborhood that was removed to make way for what is the Capitol Complex today.

Thank you Startup Alleghenies for helping to promote these series of workshops about nature-based entrepreneurship. 🌳Lea...
11/17/2020

Thank you Startup Alleghenies for helping to promote these series of workshops about nature-based entrepreneurship. 🌳
Learn more about the workshops here ➡️ https://padowntown.org/.../business-enhancement-and.... #NatureBasedPlacemaking #StartRightHereRightNow

Pennsylvania Downtown Center is sponsoring a series of workshops about nature-based entrepreneurship. Our region is ripe for this type of opportunity. 🌳

Learn more about the workshops here ➡️ https://padowntown.org/event/business-enhancement-and-development-workshop. #NatureBasedPlacemaking #StartRightHereRightNow

The art was funded by the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network @SSJNN through the Pennsylvania Department of Commu...
11/17/2020
Woodcarver creates public art from a maple tree trunk in Erie's Little Italy neighborhood

The art was funded by the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network @SSJNN through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Program. Local sponsors using the program's tax credits are Highmark Health, Northwest Bank and Marquette Savings Bank.
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Woodcarver Fredy Huaman Mallqui has created a ten-foot-tall work of public art from a tree trunk for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Erie.

PRPS is offering a special ½ price discount for first-time attendees, when you use promo code “Guest”.  Please register ...
11/16/2020
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PRPS is offering a special ½ price discount for first-time attendees, when you use promo code “Guest”. Please register by 11/16 at prps.org/FallMembershipMeeting or call 814-234-4272

• The State of Parks & Recreation – Realities & Predictions in the Wake of COVID-19
• Nature Explore Self Care
• Esports
• Park & Recreation Programming in a COVID World
• Retirement Planning
• Diversity and Inclusion

Fall Membership Meeting & Mini-Conference Agenda Attendees will receive Zoom link to sessions the day before the live event, if you do not receive a link please check your spam folders.

PRPS is offering a special ½ price discount for first-time attendees, when you use promo code “Guest”. Register by 11/16...
11/16/2020
Event Display

PRPS is offering a special ½ price discount for first-time attendees, when you use promo code “Guest”. Register by 11/16 at prps.org/FallMembershipMeeting or call 814-234-4272.

• The State of Parks & Recreation – Realities & Predictions in the Wake of COVID-19
• Nature Explore Self Care
• Esports
• Park & Recreation Programming in a COVID World
• Retirement Planning
• Diversity and Inclusion

Fall Membership Meeting & Mini-Conference Agenda Attendees will receive Zoom link to sessions the day before the live event, if you do not receive a link please check your spam folders.

When you think of somewhere like Honesdale — you know, rural small-town America — you probably don’t think of hustle and...
11/16/2020
The Little Poconos Town That Accidentally Got Cool

When you think of somewhere like Honesdale — you know, rural small-town America — you probably don’t think of hustle and bustle, of people zipping around in preparation for buzzy loft openings. But perhaps you should.
@VisitHonesdale
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A bunch of young, entrepreneurial kids are shaking up the rural northeast Pennsylvania town of Honesdale and turning it a hot spot that could very well be the next Catskills. But with a now-cutthroat real estate market and an influx of city-weary crowds, how long can this charmingly small town stay....

11/13/2020
County Of Lehigh

Thank you, Phil, and County Of Lehigh, for acknowledging the importance of supporting local, small businesses!
#noplacelikelocal

11/13 Lehigh County Weekly Update. Topics include provisional ballots, COVID-19, and supporting our local businesses.

Upcoming Nature-Based Placemaking Workshops
11/12/2020
Upcoming Nature-Based Placemaking Workshops

Upcoming Nature-Based Placemaking Workshops

Local Leadership Development & Business Enhancement & Development Regionally-Specific Virtual Workshops Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) in partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation

So, You Want to Run for Office? Read on... Local Government AcademySustainable Pittsburgh
11/11/2020

So, You Want to Run for Office? Read on...
Local Government Academy
Sustainable Pittsburgh

So, You Want to Run for Office?

Wanting to give back to your community? Looking to make a difference? if the answer is yes, consider a run for office!
Government requires the involvement of its citizens to be effective and equitable. If you’re interested in being an agent of change in your community, register for Run for Office, a non-partisan, educational webinar series hosted by Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh.

The first session on 11/14 is FREE if you are still on the fence about attending this 5-part webinar series.

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Loving local? Show us by tagging us!
11/10/2020

Loving local? Show us by tagging us!

How are you loving local this holiday season?

Thank you Pennsylvania Downtown Center for all the local love and support 🎄❄️

11/09/2020
Hello Social Co.

#smallbusinesssaturday

Small Business Saturday will be here before we know it! Is your business ready? The Hello Social Co. team is sharing five ways to prep for the important local shopping event on social media.

Learn more about the Shop Small Movement from American Express, and download free materials to ramp up your social media presence this month on their website.

#smallbusinesssaturday #focusonlocal

Hey Small Businesses: This GIVEAWAY is for YOU! 📣It’s time to get in the holiday spirit! 🎄 Konhaus Print & Marketing  is...
11/04/2020

Hey Small Businesses: This GIVEAWAY is for YOU! 📣
It’s time to get in the holiday spirit! 🎄 Konhaus Print & Marketing is partnering with Members 1st Federal Credit Union
for a “Keep It Local for the Holidays” Giveaway! One lucky small business in Central PA will win $1,000 worth of branded promo products with their logo on it!
Enter the giveaway from 11/4/2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) - 11/23/2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) by:
🎁 Posting a photo on your business social media page(s) with a caption that encourages people to support local, small businesses during the holidays.
👉 Tagging Konhaus Print & Marketing and Members 1st Federal Credit Union AND using our hashtag, #CentralPAStrong in your post.
Learn more about the giveaway and prize here: https://konhaus.com/keep-it-local-for-the-holidays-giveaway/

Hey Small Businesses: This GIVEAWAY is for YOU! 📣

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit! 🎄 We’re partnering with Members 1st Federal Credit Union for a “Keep It Local for the Holidays” Giveaway! One lucky small business in Central PA will win $1,000 worth of branded promo products with their logo on it!

Enter the giveaway from 11/4/2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) - 11/25/2020 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) by:

🎁 Posting a photo on your business social media page(s) with a caption that encourages people to support local, small businesses during the holidays.

👉 Tagging Konhaus Print & Marketing and Members 1st Federal Credit Union AND using our hashtag, #CentralPAStrong in your post.

Learn more about the giveaway and prize here: https://konhaus.com/keep-it-local-for-the-holidays-giveaway/

10/30/2020

In partnership with Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, @PATrailsinHistory, @padowntown is pleased to announce a series of small-scale design projects, "Designing For Distance", related to the implementation of social distancing in historic communities. These following firms have been selected to work with each respective downtown Main Street/Elm Street programs. OSD | Outside LLC with @EastonMainStreetInitiative, @SmithGroupCo with @ErieDowntownPartnership; @BergmannAssociates with @DowntownLewisburg, and @NWEngineers with @OfficialReadingDID. Congratulations! We look forward to highlighting these projects upon completion.

#NoPlaceLikeLocal
#BuyLocalLiveLocal
#WeAreMainStreet
#SupportLocalSafely
#SmallBuisnessRecovery
#Design4Distance

COVID is tough, but together Pennsylvanians are tougher. United, we can defeat the virus. You matter, and so do your act...
10/29/2020
Community Resources | PA.GOV

COVID is tough, but together Pennsylvanians are tougher. United, we can defeat the virus. You matter, and so do your actions. When we make good choices and follow health and safety measures, we see results. Let’s work together to stop the spread.

Explore this site to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, your family, business, neighbors, and community from COVID.

Wear a mask. 😷
Wash your hands. 🧼
Social distance. 🚶-----------🚶
Get tested when showing symptoms 🤒
Download the COVID Alert PA app 📱
Share what you’re doing to keep those around you safe from COVID19. #MaskUpPA #PAagainstCOVID PA.gov/COVID

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Pennsylvanians must unite to fight COVID-19. It will take all of us doing our part to stop the virus. As good neighbors, we want to protect our communities. Many of us probably know friends, family, coworkers, and others who don’t realize that their actions and choices have the power to stop the s...

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Hi everyone! I have two questions about your County's COVID relief grant. 1. What was the dollar amount that your County was given to distribute? 2. How many total businesses (NOT including nonprofits) in your County were awarded grant money? If you're willing to share your County, that's great, but it's not necessary. Just trying to gather some data. I'm cross posting in the private PDC Managers group. Thank you!
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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