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Statewide Main Street Program Accomplishments (1987-2023)

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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2024 Townie Award Winners

HARRISBURG, PA. – Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) presented twenty awards during the organization’s annual statewide Townie Awards gala. The Townie Awards are a festive and venerable tradition designed to recognize […]


Ten Pennsylvania Communities Embark on Community Revitalization Journey with Blueprint Communities® Program

Ten Pennsylvania Communities Embark on Community Revitalization Journey with Blueprint Communities® Program HARRISBURG, April 29, 2024 marks the commencement of an exciting revitalization journey for ten Pennsylvania communities as they […]


Main Street Matters: DCED Secretary Rick Siger Visits Ephrata to Highlight the Proposed $25 Million Investment to Create Economic Opportunity for Main Streets Across Pennsylvania

Ephrata, PA – The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Rick Siger, joined by local leaders, continued Governor Josh Shapiro’s statewide “Main Street Matters” tour, emphasizing the proposed […]


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