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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

March 6, 2024

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 […]


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

February 16, 2024

  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 […]


Balance Bike Boot Camp 2024

January 20, 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 […]


Staff Update: Kyle Bailey

January 12, 2024

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 […]


The Pennsylvania Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop

October 25, 2023

Is your downtown ready for an entrepreneurial transformation? Wondering how communities revive their spirit and bring life back to their downtowns? Here’s your golden opportunity to find out! It all […]


2024 PDC Premier Revitalization Conference Call for Proposals OPEN!

October 25, 2023

The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is seeking session proposals for the Commonwealth’s Premier Revitalization Conference | Crossroads of Community & Collaboration: Building Dynamic and Innovative Partnerships, which will be held in […]


Pennsylvania Downtown Center Selected as Lead Partner for FHL Bank’s Blueprint Communities® Initiative in PA

September 14, 2023

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) a statewide community development nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce that they have been selected by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank) to be […]


Shapiro Administration Designates Ephrata as a Keystone Communities Main Street Designation

September 5, 2023

Program will support businesses and improve quality of life for residents   Ephrata, PA – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Rick Vilello today announced that Ephrata Borough has officially […]


Google Provides Free Digital Skills Training to Small Businesses in Pennsylvania, Partnering with Downtown Lewistown Inc.

May 25, 2023

Google and Downtown Lewistown Inc. announced on Thursday, May 18, 2023 a new Grow with Google Digital Coach for small businesses at a free digital skills workshop hosted at the […]


2023 WalkWorks Funding Round for Active Transportation Plans

March 23, 2023

WalkWorks is pleased to announce its seventh round of assistance to advance policy development related to active transportation. Grants will be offered to a limited number of municipalities and other […]


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