24,569

Net FTE Jobs

7,522

Net New Businesses

6,618

Total Building Projects

$1,888,160,370

Total Public & Private Investment

1,161,293

Volunteer Hours

1,495

Public Space Projects

Statewide Main Street Program Accomplishments (1987-2022)

PA's Main Streets through the Pandemic

The Impact of the PA Main Street Program on Local Economic Resiliency

During the pandemic Pennsylvania’s Main Streets were an essential link between State decisionmakers and resources and the needs of downtown communities. Main Street programming proved to be a vital tool not just for economic recovery, but also to create the pre-conditions, such as diverse business mixes and customer bases, that bolster economic resiliency. This report reflects the nuanced nature of local economies during a global health crisis. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to supporting downtowns in Pennsylvania and beyond, distributing ongoing resources, funding, and programmatic support is vital to the future economic resilience of businesses across the state.

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Designing for Distance

Access the full reports of the conceptual designs and the recorded virtual workshop

The Designing for Distance (D4D) project was idea that came out of PDC’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Task Force, Public Space Working Group. PDC had an existing grant agreement with Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) to develop a Design Guidelines handbook, but when COVID hit, it became evident that there was an opportunity to develop something that could be more responsive to the needs of the communities, and the Designing for Distance project was born.

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News

Pennsylvania Gets It Done: Governor Josh Shapiro Launches First Statewide Economic Development Strategy in Nearly Two Decades

  The Shapiro Administration worked alongside partners across Pennsylvania to create the targeted strategy, which maps the Commonwealth’s path to strong economic growth and more good-paying jobs. This new strategy […]

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Balance Bike Boot Camp 2024

Announcing BALANCE BIKE BOOT CAMP 2024 — a training opportunity for early childhood educators, childcare providers, public health organizers, and physical activity promoters!   WalkWorks is coordinating the Kids’ Arena at the […]

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Staff Update: Kyle Bailey

Kyle Bailey’s Farewell Message To my fellow community and economic development professionals, It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to say farewell to each of you who are […]

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