2021 Townie Award Winners

Statewide community revitalization projects, programs, and events recognized

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) announces nine Townie award recipients for 2021. The Townie Awards are a festive and esteemed annual tradition designed to recognize the commonwealth’s core communities and individuals for creation and implementation of projects, programs and events that exemplify the goals of PDC’s community revitalization mission. Eligible communities are part of Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s statewide network of nearly 200 organizations, including Main Street and Elm Street programs, making the Townies a competitive award process each year.

Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s executive director, Julie Fitzpatrick, said “The annual Townie awards provide an opportunity for us to celebrate these exceptional and inspiring community revitalization projects throughout our commonwealth. Our Main Street and Elm Street programs, staff, board, and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to make impactful change in their business districts and neighborhoods, and the Townies give us a chance to reflect on these success stories. The work of community revitalization is never done, it is an ever-evolving community effort. PA’s Main Street and Elm Street programs have continued to provide responsive and innovative programming throughout this past year.”

The awards ceremony takes place as part of PDC’s annual statewide conference, held in a different commonwealth community each year highlighting the respective city or town’s accomplishments in community and neighborhood revitalization. 2020 and 2021 Townie Award winners are being recognized at this year’s conference in downtown Reading.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are the nine (9) Townie Award winners for 2021– by category, program/community name and “project/event title”.


Organization Development
Easton Main Street Initiative a subsidiary of Greater Easton Development Partnership – Promotions & Marketing Image & Identity – “Support Easton””

Community Partnerships
Downtown West Chester – “Gay Street Open Air Market”


Public Space Improvement
City of Bradford – “Historic District Streetscape Project”


Special or Neighborhood Events
Easton Main Street Initiative a subsidiary of Greater Easton Development Partnership – ”Build Easton Winter Village”

Main Street Gettysburg – “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival 2019”

Retail Promotions
Downtown Carlisle Association – “Love Buck$”


Quakertown Alive! – “Trolley Barn Public Market”


Public Safety
Main Street Gettysburg – “Cares Program”


Malcolm Johnstone


About Pennsylvania Downtown Center

Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s core communities. PDC accomplishes this mission by engaging and educating local community leaders and volunteers, to advance the sense of place, quality of life and economic vitality of the Commonwealth’s downtowns, traditional neighborhood business districts and nearby residential areas. For more information about designated Main Street or Elm Street programs or nationally accredited communities, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 870-9334 or email here.


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