News & Alerts

Governor Wolf Extends Technology Education, Apprenticeships, and Job Training Opportunities through $30 Million in PAsmart Grants

Governor Tom Wolf today launched the next phase of his new and innovative PAsmart initiative by announcing that $30 million in grants are available to invest in K-12 computer science and STEM education, expand registered apprenticeships, and support job training with Industry Partnership programs.

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$15M for Keystone Communities Program

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

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Erie to host Annual Statewide Community Revitalization Conference in June, 2019

The Erie Downtown Partnership will welcome the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to Erie in June. The organization will hold its 2019 Annual Statewide Community Revitalization Conference in the city for the first time since 2006.

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Erie to Host Statewide Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship

The Erie Downtown Partnership will be showing off how much it says the city is changing and improving year after year.

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What If All Community Development Started with Local Arts and Culture?

Dee Briggs was expecting to do a routine demolition when she bought the vacant house next to her art studio in Wilkinsburg, Pa.

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Day in the Life: Small but mighty in Easton

This summer, Keystone Edge is hitting the road to share the stories of people across Pennsylvania working in economic and community development. As you’ll discover, this exciting field involves so much more than just sitting behind a desk — it requires engaging the community, forging connections, and tackling new challenges on a daily basis. The “Day In the Life” series is created in partnership with the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and Team Pennsylvania.

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PDC Staff News

Congratulations to PDC's Assistant Director, Julie Fitzpatrick! In July 2019 Julie will transition into the Executive Director position.

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PA's Best Performing Elm Street Programs

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) has named its best performing Elm Street Programs of 2017. With the long-term goal of the Elm Street program being to enable local neighborhood revitalization leaders to achieve results, demonstrate worth, and build a sustainable program, Sustainable Organization is of the utmost importance.

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PA's Best Performing Main Street Programs

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.

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2018 Townie Award winners are announced!

On June 5, 2018, PDC presented 12 awards during the annual statewide Townie Awards gala.

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Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.

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Downtown Allentown wins Global Award for Excellence

The “Downtown Allentown Revitalization District (including PPL Center Arena Block & City Center Allentown)” was one of 13 real estate development projects worldwide to win the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Award for Excellence, which is widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious award.

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PBS39 | FOCUS - Season 5, Episode 2

We focus on community and economic development. The United Nations eyes Bethlehem, PA as a world heritage site; one of the Lehigh Valley's busiest commuter corridors marks a special milestone; and partners aim to restore a downtown Allentown neighborhood one building at a time.

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PA Downtown Center Gala

Were you there? Are you here? Thank you Susquehanna Style for sharing in our celebration with style scene.

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Kennet Square Bursting At The Seams With Unprecedented Growth

“The development activity in this town, and the interest in this town, is immense,” said Rusty Drumheller, the borough’s codes enforcement officer. Drumheller said many people have come to his office expressing an interest in Kennett Square.

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Restored Historic Spa Rejuvenates Both Its Guests and Nearby Bedford, Pennsylvania

The eight mineral springs of Bedford, Pennsylvania have been a mecca of rejuvenation for over two centuries…and for thousands of years before that, when one includes the original Native American residents.​

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Governor Wolf Visits West Reading

Governor Wolf was there to see revitalization projects funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development in collaboration with the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation's Main Street program and the Elm Street program.

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Governor Wolf tours revitalized Scranton neighborhood

“The state can’t, shouldn’t do everything,” the governor said. “This is really a community activity, but if the state can help and be supportive through things like the tax credits, like the Elm Street Program or the Main Street Program, we ought to be doing that. It’s really helpful to all of us to see success stories like this.”

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