The top performing Main Street Programs across the Commonwealth for 2018 are:

For Immediate Release - June 12, 2018

Pennsylvania Downtowns Awarded Best Performing Programs

HARRISBURG, PA- Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) has named its best performing Main Street Programs of 2017. This award recognizes those programs that have demonstrated an “across the board” capacity to generate new jobs, new businesses, public and private investment and volunteer hours. The top performing Main Street Programs across the Commonwealth for 2018 are: 1st – Easton Main Street Initiative, 2nd – Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, 3rd – Building a Better Boyertown, 4th – The Ardmore Initiative, 5th – Our Town Foundation, 6th – Reading Downtown Improvement District, 7th – Castle Shannon Revitalization Corp., 8th – Main Street Hanover, 9th – Ebensburg Main Street Program, and 10th – Downtown Lewistown Inc.

The determining criteria measures program activity as reported annually by local Main Street Managers. Community revitalization organizations are then ranked from top to bottom, with the top performing program in each of the sixteen evaluated categories receiving a score of 1.
This year more than 50 community organizations were eligible to be evaluated. The rankings across all of the categories are then tabulated and the organization with the lowest total number is the top performing program.

PDC, the coordinating program to the National Main Street Center for Main Street programs in Pennsylvania, is honored to see these downtowns acknowledged for the goals they have set, accomplished and in many cases, exceeded.
Each community has also met the ten performance standards established by National Main Street Center to be a nationally accredited Main Street Program.
These standards include topics such as training requirements, planning methods, and community involvement.

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 communities. For more information about the accredited communities or the Main Street program, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 233-4675 ext. 116 or email here.