Webinar Recordings

2023 WalkWorks Funding Info Webinar

Walking, biking, using a wheelchair, and accessing transit are independent, reliable, and resilient transportation modes that are healthy for our minds, bodies, finances, communities, and the environment. We look forward to a time when everyone in Pennsylvania has a full range of transportation options available to them.

To that end, WalkWorks recently announced 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 governmental bodies to assist with the development of Active Transportation Plans. These plans are essential to our efforts to establish activity-friendly routes that connect people to everyday destinations, thereby expanding opportunities for physical activity and improving public health. Join this informational webinar to learn more!

Safe Routes to School Webinar III

This final webinar in the series addresses what a community needs to work on in order to support a Safe Routes Program and apply for funding. Presenters include: Kori Johnson, Program Manager with the Safe Routes Partnership; Joe Banks, PennDOT Consultant Project Manager and Associate Manager for the Office of Project Implementation at the DVRPC; and Samantha Pearson, Healthy Communities Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Safe Routes to School Webinar II Recording

The second webinar in our Fall 2022 Safe Routes to School series features presentations from people in various parts of the commonwealth who will share examples of SRTS projects and programs that have been put into place. Learn about the possibilities and leave with ideas for how to start making them a reality in your community.

Safe Routes to School Webinar I Recording

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) helps local communities and school districts make the healthy and thoughtful choice of walking and biking to school a safe and accessible one. But what does it really mean? Join Walkworks as we present the first webinar in this two-webinar series to learn more about the concept and its potential for your community.

ARPA Webinar

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) offers a historic opportunity for counties and local municipalities to invest in local projects, programs and organizations. This webinar recording explains why and how you can find funding for historic preservation and economic redevelopment projects in your community with community examples. Presented by Pennsylvania Downtown Center and Preservation Pennsylvania. This webinar was originally presented on April 20, 2022. Thank you to our Zoom Webinar Feature Sponsors, Margaret and Bob Wallis!

New Manager Training

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New Manager Training facilitates the transition into the role of Main Street or Elm Street manager by presenting expectations of and services provided by PDC and DCED. Access recordings of the following sessions for review or a primer: Overview of Board & Committee Operations; Design/Physical Improvements; Economic Vitality; Organization Committee Basics; Promotion; and Safe, Clean & Green.

ARPA Webinar Translations

Translations of the 2022 Save it! Start it! Build it! ARPA webinar script in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Russian and Spanish. Watch the full webinar via the link on this Resources page.

How Outdoor Recreation Strengthens Your Local Economy

Outdoor recreation generates $28.5 billion in economic activity in the state of Pennsylvania each year. Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Downtown Center undertook a comprehensive study to understand how the state’s natural assets can serve as an economic driver for its local communities. This session will summarize the study’s findings, including how outdoor recreation impacts the local and statewide economy and the ways in which Nature-Based Placemaking strategies can help direct spending from recreational visitors to local businesses.

Presented by Jon Stover, founder and Managing Partner of Jon Stover & Associates and Leslie Gray, AICP, this session will summarize the study’s findings, including how outdoor recreation impacts the local and statewide economy and the ways in which Nature-Based Placemaking strategies can help direct spending from recreational visitors to local businesses. Recorded July 13, 2021

Foundation Directory Online Introduction

To win grants, you need the most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grant makers and the grants they’ve made. How can you get that? Only from the comprehensive database and powerful search tools Foundation Directory Online offers. This PDC slide deck will take you through the online process of researching, using data, telling your story, exploring issues, and more.

Volunteering When Traditional Opportunities are not Available

What does PIVOT mean when we talk about volunteers? The session will cover an overview of the shifts in volunteering from COVID; trends in skills based volunteering and new ways of connecting with volunteers. In response to members requests, PDC is pleased to host Karen Smith, CEO, Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. In this role, Karen focuses on developing programs and services to enhance the nonprofit organizations and the relationships with the business community. Recorded September 29, 2020

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