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City of Sharon Maps Its Revitalization

August 30, 2019

Sharon is following the four-point approach of the Main Street America program – Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization – “a model that’s worked time and time again in communities,” Phillips says. The city will work with a consultant from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to develop a five-year plan, then apply to the national Main Street organization for recognition of its plan.

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Upcoming New Manager Training – CANCELLED

August 30, 2019

New Manager Training scheduled for September 30 & October 1 has been cancelled.

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New Survey: Independent Businesses See Major Threats in Amazon, Corporate Concentration

August 8, 2019

The results of the 2019 Independent Business Survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance demonstrate the strength and resiliency of small, independent businesses. They also speak to the forces independents see as significant threats and roadblocks to their businesses: a playing field made uneven by policies that favor their bigger competitors, highly concentrated markets for key supplies and services, and difficulty securing capital, among other barriers.

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2019 Townie Award Winners

June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) recently presented ten (10) awards during the organization’s annual statewide Townie Awards gala.

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Pennsylvania Downtown Center Awards Best Performing Programs

June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania Downtown Center has named its best performing Main Street programs of 2019. 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 during 2018.

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PA Lt. Governor visits Downtown Shenandoah Inc. innovation center site

June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman, was in town Friday, meeting with Downtown Shenandoah, Inc., state, and local officials, and business leaders to learn about the revitalization organization’s plans for an innovation and event center on North Main Street.

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2019 Conference Session Presentations

June 18, 2019

Presentations are available for download now!

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Flip This Town: Episode #218

May 8, 2019

Recorded live at the Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Ron and Kristi welcome Bill Fontana, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. Tune in as they explore the incredible things happening in downtowns across Pennsylvania, and Bill’s insights on what’s next for Main Street.

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Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Announces New Funding Opportunity for Creative Placekeeping Projects

May 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) announced the launch of Pennsylvania Creative Communities, a new initiative to support vibrant communities across the commonwealth.

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$15M for Keystone Communities Program

March 15, 2019

PA Downtown Center requests $15 Million for the Keystone Communities Program Line Item in the DCED budget, before supplemental appropriations.

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