10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading statewide nonpartisan voice for creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities across the Commonwealth.

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"Even before the pandemic, the city had to work hard to keep its downtown vibrant and create a sense of place to compete...
06/07/2021
How a Hobbled Main Street Survived the Pandemic ‘Asteroid’

"Even before the pandemic, the city had to work hard to keep its downtown vibrant and create a sense of place to compete with the strip malls and big-box stores lining the highways." #legacycities

We spent the last four months photographing four blocks along the south end of Wilkes-Barre’s Main Street to capture the pandemic’s impact.

Take a look at this article on PA #agroforestry as we celebrate #nationalwatermonth!
06/01/2021
In Pennsylvania, agroforestry holds a key to cleaning up waterways and Chesapeake Bay

Take a look at this article on PA #agroforestry as we celebrate #nationalwatermonth!

From her porch on Village Acres Farm in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, Angela Brubaker can see the curved rows of trees in the new riparian buffer along Lost Creek. The tree tubes and stakes that support the young saplings stand like little monuments within freshly mowed, lush grasses. While Brubaker an...

This #MemorialDay, we remember and honor those who have served our country and protected our freedom.
05/31/2021

This #MemorialDay, we remember and honor those who have served our country and protected our freedom.

This #MemorialDay, we remember and honor those who have served our country and protected our freedom.

Key voters in #PA, AZ, GA, MI, and NY want to strengthen public transit, electrify fleets, and invest in charging infras...
05/28/2021

Key voters in #PA, AZ, GA, MI, and NY want to strengthen public transit, electrify fleets, and invest in charging infrastructure. Read more at Chargingusforward.com #ChargingUSForward

Key voters in #PA, AZ, GA, MI, and NY want to strengthen public transit, electrify fleets, and invest in charging infrastructure. Read more at Chargingusforward.com #ChargingUSForward

May is #NationalBikeMonth and the "GAP" (150 mile trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md.) was named the Best Long Rail...
05/21/2021
Great Allegheny Passage ranked among top long rail trails in U.S.

May is #NationalBikeMonth and the "GAP" (150 mile trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md.) was named the Best Long Rail Trail in the U.S. by Bicycle magazine!

Cyclists from Western Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., certainly know the power of the Great Allegheny Passage — or GAP for short. But it’s always good to know that others are hearing its praises as well. The 150-mile trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md., was recently named among th...

Polls are open 7am–8pm. If you're in line by 8pm, you can vote!
05/18/2021

Polls are open 7am–8pm. If you're in line by 8pm, you can vote!

Today is the #PAPrimary.

🗳️ Find your polling place: votesPA.com/Polls
🏢 Learn about voting in person: votesPA.com/AtThePolls
✉️ Return your voted mail ballot: votesPA.com/ReturnBallot

Polls are open from 7am – 8pm. If you are in line by 8pm, you can vote.

2020/2021 Commonwealth Awards nominations are being accepted until July 15! Tell us about visionary leaders and catalyti...
05/14/2021
20-21 Commonwealth Awards Nominations

2020/2021 Commonwealth Awards nominations are being accepted until July 15! Tell us about visionary leaders and catalytic projects in your community that demonstrate excellence in equitable community development, smart growth and resilience. http://bit.ly/3oxnjjS

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading statewide nonpartisan voice for creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities across the Commonwealth. Founded in 1998, we engage a multi-disciplinary network of partners to advocate for a balanced approach in public policy and investments to build...

Are you ready to vote in the municipal election? Mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office by 8 pm...
05/11/2021

Are you ready to vote in the municipal election? Mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office by 8 pm on May 18! #Municipalelections2021

Are you ready to vote in the municipal election? Mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office by 8 pm on May 18! #Municipalelections2021

Find an outdoor adventure in #pennsylvania this weekend!
05/07/2021
Pennsylvania’s Incredible Day Hikes

Find an outdoor adventure in #pennsylvania this weekend!

A day hike through Pennsylvania’s picturesque terrains is time well spent. We’ve identified trails that Happy Travelers can get there and back again before the sun goes down. Avid hikers of all experience levels will appreciate these quicker treks amongst the Keystone State’s natural wonders w...

Living in a small town? Smart Growth America partnered with T-Mobile to give one small community a prize package worth $...
05/05/2021
SGA is partnering with T-Mobile to assist rural communities | Smart Growth America

Living in a small town? Smart Growth America partnered with T-Mobile to give one small community a prize package worth $3M, as well as hundreds of smaller grants for other rural and small town communities to reinvest in their downtowns. Enter the Techover contest by May 7. The Hometown Grant period is April-June.

In a unique partnership focused on bringing vital connections to rural America, Smart Growth America is helping T-Mobile give one small community a prize package worth $3 million as well as millions in smaller grants for hundreds of other rural and small town communities to reinvest in their downtow...

Happy National #ArborDay and Happy 50th Anniversary Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay! So many great reasons to plant a tr...
04/30/2021

Happy National #ArborDay and Happy 50th Anniversary Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay! So many great reasons to plant a tree 🌳

Our executive director, Stacie Reidenbaugh, talks to Hourglass about what we do, new initiatives, and the upcoming 2020/...
04/29/2021
Listening to Lancaster - S2:E5 - 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Our executive director, Stacie Reidenbaugh, talks to Hourglass about what we do, new initiatives, and the upcoming 2020/2021 Commonwealth Awards… nominations are still being accepted!

For this installment of Listening to Lancaster, Hourglass was joined by Stacie Reidenbaugh of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania for a conversation about the wor...

TRANSPORTATION TUES: 116 new projects have been approved to improve transportation infrastructure as part of the Multimo...
04/27/2021
Gov. Wolf approves Pa. infrastructure improvement plan, totals over $48M

TRANSPORTATION TUES: 116 new projects have been approved to improve transportation infrastructure as part of the Multimodal Transportation Fund. See what’s happening in your area of PA...

On Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 116 new projects to improve transportation infrastructure throughout Pennsylvania. In total, the projects will total more than $48 million.

Let's keep our home sustainable and liveable. #EarthDay
04/22/2021

Let's keep our home sustainable and liveable. #EarthDay

Let's keep our home sustainable and liveable. #EarthDay

Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has extended the federal moratorium on evictions through June 30, as the state and loc...
03/29/2021
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has extended the federal moratorium on evictions through June 30, as the state and local municipalities are ramping up and taking applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) for Pennsylvanians who are behind on their rent.
Declaration: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html

Need help? To apply for rental assistance in Pennsylvania, visit https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program.aspx for more information about ERAP.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included funding for states to establish Emergency Rental Assistance Programs. Pennsylvania received approximately $569 million to administer assistance to renters, landlords, and utility providers who have been affected by the pandemic and economic insecu...

2021 Townie Awards to highlight ingenuity during pandemic -- submissions due May 14! Pennsylvania Downtown Center
03/22/2021

2021 Townie Awards to highlight ingenuity during pandemic -- submissions due May 14! Pennsylvania Downtown Center

The 2021 Townie Awards are NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS!

With this year’s Townie Awards, we're providing programs an opportunity to highlight their ingenuity as many communities had to pivot in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Did you re-create an event, establish an innovative partnership, or successfully reinvent a program or project? We want to hear your stories and celebrate with you!

Applications are due by May 14. Visit the guide to learn more: https://padowntown.org//assets/pdfs/2021-Townie-Awards-Final.pdf. #PDCTownies

Today, we honor and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then w...
01/18/2021

Today, we honor and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Today, we honor and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

10,000 Friends wishes you #HappyHolidays!
12/24/2020

10,000 Friends wishes you #HappyHolidays!

"Buttigieg accepted the nomination by calling Biden’s victory a 'mandate' to restore the country’s infrastructure and br...
12/16/2020
What We Know About Pete Buttigieg’s Transportation Record

"Buttigieg accepted the nomination by calling Biden’s victory a 'mandate' to restore the country’s infrastructure and bring it into the 21st century. 'Americans shouldn’t settle for less than our peers in the developed world when it comes to our roads and bridges, railways, and transit systems,' he said. 'The U.S. should lead the way and in this administration, we will."
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-16/what-pete-buttigieg-would-do-for-biden-s-cabinet?cmpid=BBD121620_CITYLAB&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=201216&utm_campaign=citylabdaily

Biden’s Secretary of Transportation nominee gave a preview of what his ideas might look like during his own presidential campaign — and in his record as mayor.

"A key aspect of the new proposal is the allotment of $288 billion in small business aid and to renew this summer’s Payc...
12/02/2020

"A key aspect of the new proposal is the allotment of $288 billion in small business aid and to renew this summer’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which the survey results indicate is the leading hope for small business owners struggling to keep the lights on even if their doors are still closed due to the virus. Four in 10 small business owners (41%) support an extension or expansion of the PPP, making this proposal the only one that receives more support among small business owners than among the general public."

https://www.cpbj.com/83-small-business-owners-support-another-round-stimulus-relief-washington-survey-reveals/

In this season of gratitude, we are #thankful for the fabric of our communities; our frontline workers, healthcare provi...
11/26/2020

In this season of gratitude, we are #thankful for the fabric of our communities; our frontline workers, healthcare providers, small businesses, friends, family and neighbors. Wishing you a safe and #HappyThanksgiving.

There is still time to give! Whether you donate $50 or $500, your donation will help build healthy, vibrant and resilien...
11/21/2020

There is still time to give! Whether you donate $50 or $500, your donation will help build healthy, vibrant and resilient communities across PA. Please donate NOW during #ExtraGive. https://bit.ly/2IRMazH

A generous gift of $500 will help in creating equitable and resilient policy and community development solutions. Donate...
11/21/2020

A generous gift of $500 will help in creating equitable and resilient policy and community development solutions. Donate now at https://bit.ly/2IRMazH #ExtraGive #IGiveExtra #HealthyCommunities

A donation today of $100 will help promote healthy, walkable, bikeable communities and transportation systems! Make your...
11/20/2020

A donation today of $100 will help promote healthy, walkable, bikeable communities and transportation systems! Make your gift at https://bit.ly/2IRMazH #ExtraGive #IGiveExtra #HealthyCommunities

A $50 donation during #ExtraGive will help start community gardens and access to fresh produce in neighborhoods. Support...
11/20/2020

A $50 donation during #ExtraGive will help start community gardens and access to fresh produce in neighborhoods. Support your community by donating now at https://bit.ly/2IRMazH

Starting tonight at midnight, through 11:59 pm tomorrow (Nov 20), you can donate to help us build healthy, vibrant and r...
11/19/2020

Starting tonight at midnight, through 11:59 pm tomorrow (Nov 20), you can donate to help us build healthy, vibrant and resilient communities across PA! #IGiveExtra #ExtraGive #HealthyCommunities https://bit.ly/2IRMazH

We're taking part in #ExtraGive on Friday! Donate to support our mission during the 24-hour giving marathon at https://b...
11/18/2020

We're taking part in #ExtraGive on Friday! Donate to support our mission during the 24-hour giving marathon at https://bit.ly/2IRMazH

Thank you to our veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom. Happy #VeteransDay#thankaveteran
11/11/2020

Thank you to our veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom. Happy #VeteransDay
#thankaveteran

VOTE!! Let’s do this, PA!! This election is so important and your vote matters. Be prepared and stay in line until you g...
11/03/2020

VOTE!! Let’s do this, PA!! This election is so important and your vote matters. Be prepared and stay in line until you get to vote, even if the polls close. Dress warmly. Bring your mask, ID, snacks, water, a fully charged phone, and write the Election Protection Line number 1-866-OUR-VOTE on a card to bring with you in case of trouble. Bring ear buds so you can tune out the noise from disrupters. If you have a mail ballot but changed your mind, you must bring it with you. We can do hard things, friends! #vote2020

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240 North 3rd Street #407
Harrisburg, PA
17101

Amtrak's Harrisburg Station is 4 blocks from our office, and we are on the city bus route

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10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading statewide nonpartisan voice for creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities across the Commonwealth. Founded in 1998, we engage a multi-disciplinary network of partners to advocate for a balanced approach in public policy and investments to build and sustain strong communities for all Pennsylvanians – in our state’s diverse cities, towns, suburbs, and rural communities. As a trusted authority on responsible land use, 10,000 Friends is the bridge between sectors, creating collaborations with state and local government, community benefit organizations, and the private sector to effect change through policy and community development solutions for neighborhoods that enhance health, foster innovation, create opportunity and transform communities. Our annual Commonwealth Awards celebrates visionary community leadership and catalytic development projects and initiatives that find new uses for vacant and underutilized land, increase opportunities for communities on the rise, and breathe new life into old neighborhoods.

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Tuesday 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9am - 4:30pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm

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(717) 234-6070

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