A Vision for the Future This year marked major milestones in our organization’s history. Through the hard work and dedication of our community of downtown investors, residents and partners, 39 new businesses opened, more than 50,000 visitors joined us for First Fridays and our downtown became the center for economic growth with new development burgeoning throughout the entire business improvement district. We truly feel that 2016 showcased Downtown Inc’s mission to drive, enhance and encourage investment in downtown York. As an organization dedicated to the success of our community, we know that we still have work to be done. As such, in 2016, through a strategic planning process, we evaluated the successes to date and how we continue to strive for greater outcomes in the future. We spent time looking inwardly at our organization to make sure our vision, values and staff align to achieve our mission. Downtown York holds within it enormous opportunity, and we know that Downtown Inc plays a vital role in representing the interests of individuals, businesses and community stakeholders as downtown continues to be elevated as an essential part of York’s overall economic competiveness. As a leading downtown voice and collaborator for York’s greater prosperity, our vision is to be a national model for community success. We will connect, champion, and adapt to ensure we remain action-oriented and results-driven. We will maintain a vision for the future that requires us to challenge conventional thinking through greater collaboration and creative problem solving. This year, we welcomed Silas Chamberlin as our new CEO who is now leading the organization in accomplishing our strategic objectives. Silas brings extensive experience and a track record of success. Over the next year, we will continue to share more of our vision and plan for the organization while remaining focused on the vision for a vibrant downtown bustling with people, businesses and development. We invite you to join our cause by being an active participant in advancing downtown. Please consider attending any of our upcoming downtown updates or connect with us on social media to follow our focus in 2017. Thank you to everyone for your various forms of support, including financial investment, sponsorships, collaborative initiatives, volunteerism and tourism.
Krista Darr, 2016 President
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Mandy Arnold, 2017 President
Staff Chief Executive Officer Silas Chamberlin | Chief Operating Officer Timothy Miller | Chief Marketing & Development Officer Meagan Feeser Program Coordinator Tim Fulton | Project Administrator Adam Walters Small Business Liaison Natalie Williams | Office Manager Jody Chesla Marketing & Events Coordinator Kristen Evans
Board of Directors President Krista Darr, Fulton Bank | Vice President R. Eric Menzer, York Revolution Secretary Mandy Arnold, Gavin Advertising | Treasurer Joseph Clark, The Stewart Companies | Gary Sonke, Stock and Leader | Hilary Arthur, Arthur & Daughters | Dylan Bauer, RSDC | John Klinedinst, C.S. Davidson, Inc. | Kevin Schreiber, Pennsylvania House of Representatives | Patti Stirk, SMALL STAR Art House | Dr. Larry Covin, Trinity United Church of Christ
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Tony Campisi, Glatfelter Insurance Group | Joe Crosswhite, M&T Bank Jan Herrold, Nonprofit Consultant | Jack Kay, Susquehanna Real Estate Bill Kerlin, The Graham Group | Robert Kinsley, Kinsley Construction Bill Shipley, Shipley Energy
MPA Advisory Council Chair Dominic DelliCarpini, York College | Blanda Nace, York County Economic Alliance | Jane Conover, York County Community Foundation Linda Davidson, C.S. Davidson, Inc. | Felicia Dell, York County Planning Comission | Tom Donley, Foundation of the Chamber of Commerce | Anne Druck, York County Convention & Visitors Bureau Jim Gross, City of York | Commissioner Doug Hoke, York County Joan Mummert, York County History Center | Maria Royce, Wellspan Health Rep. Kevin Schreiber, PA House of Representatives | Mary Anne Winkelman, Cultural Alliance of York County | Bob Woods, United Way of York County
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“As an organization dedicated to the success of our community, we know that we still have work to be done.”
Advisory Board Members
Committee Members Business Recruitment Committee Dylan Bauer | Mike Black | Ben Chiaro | Josh Hankey | Kim Lentz Blanda Nace | Joel Snyder | Cindy Steele | Patti Stirk Economic Development Committee Eric Arcudi | Dylan Bauer | Mike Black | Philip Briddell | Shilvosky Buffaloe Ben Chiaro | Dave Cook | Tom Donley | Josh Hankey | Carol Kauffman Jack Kay | Kim Lentz | Kenneth Martin | Blanda Nace, Chair | Joel Snyder Tim Warfield | Holly DeKarske | Jane Conover | Jill Bollinger | Carlton Klinger | Patricia Will Finance Committee Joe Clark | Krista Darr | Michelle Frye | Kendall Menzer | Tom McIlwee Promotions Committee Kim Alvarnaz | Nate Fochtman | Steve Gohn | Melissa Grove | Melanie Hady | Daniel Kornbau | Jacyln Shaffer | Elsie Smith | Victoria Stambaugh Cal Weary | Jef Woodall Public Safety Committee Chair Gary Sonke | Dave Allison | Shawn Brady | Derek Hartman Richard Kehler | Blake McBride Rail Trail Subcommittee Linda Davidson | Casey Deller | Dominic DelliCarpini | Karla Farrell Randy Funk | Jim Gross | Fran Kempf | Sean Kenny | Tammy Klunk | Tom Landis | Barry Meyers | Michael Pritchard | Jeff Shue | Danielle Stehman Brian Waltersdorf Urban Landscapes Committee Tom Austin | Will Clark | David Cross | Lynne Danyo | Linda Davidson Casey Deller | Karla Farrell | Randy Funk | Jim Gross | Kim Gross | JT Hand | Rosa Hickey | Carol Hill-Evans | Kyle Joines | Sean Kenny | Shirley Knight | Tom Landis | Jeff Lau | Lise Levin | Kenneth Martin, Chair | Lori Mitrick | Genevieve Ray | Patrick Sells | Shary Smith | Danielle Stehman Melissa Stottlemyer | Cori Strathmeyer | Brian Waltersdorf | Jef Woodall
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Why Does Downtown Matter? A downtown commercial district distinguishes one community from another. Yorkâ€™s blend of historical, architectural, and cultural treasures captures the York experience and sets us apart from any other community. Plusâ€Ś
A downtown is home to locally owned, independent businesses that keep 68% of their revenue recycling back into the community. A vibrant downtown is an indicator of the economic health of the City and the County. Downtown businesses provide employment opportunities at all skill levels. Successful downtown businesses can pay higher business privilege and mercantile taxes, contributing to the overall growth and economic improvement of the City and County.
68% A healthy downtown enhances property values and expands the Cityâ€™s tax base. A vibrant downtown creates a sense of place and pride for the community.
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Our Areas of Focus Business Development The proper mix of businesses complement each other and create a more vibrant downtown, and collectively act as a destination for residents and visitors alike. We assist new businesses in getting started within the Central Business District (CBD) through development of business prospects, expansions and targeted recruitment. York County Heritage Rail Trail The Heritage Rail Trail is a proven economic and environmental asset to the City of York and the whole of York County, connecting residents and visitors alike to opportunities for healthy activities, in addition to the places, they live, work, and learn. Placemaking A cared-for place is one that draws people in and makes them feel both energized and at home. Promotion Effective communications and programming are paramount to ensuring that downtown businesses enjoy a consistent flow of customers.
Public Safety A safe downtown hinges on open communication and effective collaboration with and between the Police, Sheriffs, elected officials, and the business community.
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The proper mix of businesses complement each other and create a more vibrant downtown, and collectively act as a destination for residents and visitors alike. We are working towards this goal by taking on projects such as strategic attraction, retention, start-up assistance, site selection assistance, and ongoing support.
Facilitated 39 new business ribbon cuttings in the Central Business District (an average of 3/month).
Hosted 3 Merchant Workshops, with 50 Downtown business owners in attendance. Offered business assistance to 40 Downtown businesses. Completed a Pedestrian Count Study. Finalized a first-floor occupancy retail inventory study.
More than $100,000 spent at Downtown businesses alone, on Small Business Saturday.
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Spent Downtown on Small Business Saturday
York County Heritage Rail Trail The Heritage Rail Trail is a proven economic and environmental asset to the City of York and the whole of York County, connecting residents and visitors alike to opportunities for healthy activities, in addition to the places, they live, work, and learn. We are working towards this goal by taking on projects such as rehabilitation, new development, creative financial resources, promotion, and marketing.
Completed the 1.1-mile reconstruction of the Heritage Rail Trail from York College to Lafayette Plaza, which included the installation of 90 new LED lights. Having already partnered with the City of York to secure over $1 Million towards the extension of the York County Heritage Rail Trail to North George Street, Downtown Inc again partnered with the City of York to secure the remaining $473,000 needed to build the project in 2018.
Supported the City of York in completing a planning process with 6 local partners, which yielded conceptual plans to develop a dynamic green space along the Codorus Creek and Heritage Rail Trail.
Secured funding for the installation of 6 high-quality benches along the Heritage Rail Trail scheduled for early 2017.
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Placemaking A cared-for place is one that draws people in and makes them feel both energized and at home. We are working towards this goal by taking on projects such as creating efficient way-finding, parking, and transit for all modes of transportation; addressing beautification, infrastructure, gateways, walkability, public spaces, and the physical environment.
Worked with the York County Community Foundation and local artists to install 3 pieces of public art on the unit block of West Market St. Secured $5,000 towards the rehabilitation existing downtown public art and secured $4,500 to rehabilitate and relocate a large sculpture to the downtown. Continued our partnership with the York County Solid Waste Authority in support of our seasonal Clean-Up Crew who collected over 14 tons of trash from the streets and sidewalks of our downtown.
$5,000 Completed the green infrastructure planning in, and around the NorthWest Triangle.
Secured towards existing public art
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People attended Downtown Inc. events
Effective communications and programming are paramount to ensuring that downtown businesses enjoy a consistent flow of customers. We are working towards this goal by taking on projects such as marketing, public relations, social media, advertising, and special events.
Continued partnerships with the City of York and Lifepath Ministries.
Downtown Inc events had an economic impact of more than $1million in our community, according to figures by Americans for the Arts. Over 58,000 people attended Downtown Inc events in 2016.
70+ Downtown businesses participating in First Friday activities each month.
35,000 copies of the new Downtown York Magazine distributed across the region.
More than 15,700 followers on the Downtown Inc Facebook Page.
3,903,815 people read Downtown Inc content on Facebook in 2016.
Downtown Events First Fridays | Presented by Wellspan Health
Sweetest Pint Downtown Tasting Tours | Presented by The Beer Ace Go Green in the City | Presented by White Rose Credit Union York City Boutique Week Downtown First Awards | Presented by Glatfelter Insurance
Hidden Art Walking Tour unity
Spooky York Downtown Dark History Walking Tour Downtown Inc Masquerade Ball | Presented by Shipley Energy Hanging of the Greens
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Public Safety A safe downtown hinges on open communication and effective collaboration with and between the Police, Sheriffs, elected officials, and the business community. We are working towards this goal by taking on projects such as environmental design, addressing vagrancy and nuisance issues, community policing, and data collection and monitoring.
Deployed an additional 144 law enforcement hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer, thanks to a partnership with Better York. Partnered with the York City Police Department to facilitate citizen policing training for the Downtown Clean-Up Crew.
144 Held a community safety merchant workshop to facilitate ongoing dialogue between business owners and the City Police Department. Initiated the 2016 Downtown Inc Security Camera Grant Reimbursement Program.
Additional law enforcement hours
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Income York County Support (5%) $35,000
Shipley Energy Brokerage (1%) $4,750
Private Support (78%) $598,250
Bus. Assessment (16%) $125,250
Expenses Administrative (29%) $226,000
Community Relations (3%) $24,500 Urban Landscapes (8%) $58,750
Misc. (1%) $3,000
Projects (27%) $209,000
Economic Dev. (7%) $159,250 Dev. Campaign (2%) $13,800
Promotions (21%) $159,250
Public Safety (2%) $12,750
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Partners $10,000 & Above Mr. & Mrs. Louis J. Appell, Jr. | Better York | The W. Dale Brougher Foundation | Glatfelter Insurance Group | Kinsley Construction | M&T Bank | PNC Foundation | Shipley Energy | The Stewart Companies Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Foundation | WellSpan Health | York College of Pennsylvania | York County Community Foundation | YCCF Women’s Giving Circle | York County Economic Alliance | York County Industrial Development Authority | York County Solid Waste Authority $5,000 & Above Fulton Bank | PeoplesBank | PNC Bank | Carolyn Steinhauser | Coni Wolf | York County Chamber Foundation | York Revolution $2,500 - $4,999 The Beer Ace | Harley-Davidson | RKL, LLP | Stock and Leader | White Rose Credit Union $1,000 - $2,499 Brockie Health Care | C.S. Davidson, Inc. | Linda & Dave Davidson FirstEnergy Foundation (Met-Ed) | Gavin Advertising | Glatfelter | The Graham Foundation | Jeff & Stacey Hammel | William Hoffmeyer, Esq. Bill & Kim Kerlin Lincolnway Flower Shop | Martin Library | Bob & Donna Pullo | Ralph Serpe & Bryan Tate | Patti Stirk | Wagman Construction Wilmac | York Water Company $500 - $999 gift in honor of Louis & Jody Appell | Barley Snyder | Jason & Jody Chesla CORE Design Group | Kevin Cramer | Krista & Michael Darr Lewis Delauder | DOCEO Printing | Tim & Joan Fulton | Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC | Katherman, Briggs & Greenburg | Kimman’s | Loren Kroh The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar | Eric & Kendall Menzer | Murphy & Dittenhafer | ROCK Commercial Real Estate | Royal Square Development Debbie Rutter | John Schmidt | Joan Stauffer | Downtown York Subway Restaurant | Transportation Resource Group, Inc. | York Traditions Bank $300 - $499 ASCOM, Inc. | Bair’s Chicken | Bergdoll & Company, LLP | Brewery Products | Cherie Anne | Christ Lutheran Church | Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist | Family First Health | John Finlayson | Gallery B | Garden Club of York | Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast | Graffin Associates Healthy World Cafe | Michael & Louise Heine | Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson | Joy’s Cafe | Junior League of York | Stephen & Susan Lazun Kim Lentz | Barbara Linder | Minnich’s Pharmacy Monarch Products Company, Inc. | RAYAC | RSB & Associates | P.C.
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Chad Shaw & Mindy Noll | Quaker City Paper | SendMeNote | Judy Simpson| Elsie Smith | Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center | Sweet Melissa’s Dream | The Watchmaker’s Daughter | Weinstein Realty Advisors | YMCA of York and York County | yorKitchen | York Academy Regional Charter School | York County Convention and Visitors Bureau York County Heritage Trust | York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade | York Young Professionals | YWCA Up to $299 gift in honor of Sean & Mandy Arnold | Alternative Therapies | Mary Anne & Charlie Bacas | Diane Baker | Baron Von Schwein | Barton Associates | Judy Blakey | Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP | Patrick Brubaker | Buchart Horn/BASCO Associates | Business Information Group | Matthew Carey | Central Family Restaurant | Child Care Consultants | Gwen Clauter | Gayle Cluck | Colony Papers, Inc. William & Sandra Cooley | Jim Coombes | Lynne Danyo | Ann Davis DiCarlo’s Pizza | Sally & Ron Dixon | Benjamin Doyle | Chloe Eichelberger | Brittany Erney | Joanna Evans | Kristen Evans | Meagan Feeser | Law Offices of Christopher Ferro | Foster’s Flower Shop Michelle Frye | Miriam Funderbunk | F.W. Behler, Inc.Gettle & Veltri Andrew Gobel | Aimee Gochnauer | Robert Godfrey | Steve Gohn Grace and Hope Mission | Griest, Himes, Herrold, Schaumann, Reynosa LLP Adrienne Grim | Kristine Gross | Laurin Gross | Rebecca Hanlon | Dennis Harbold | Joseph & Hillary Hasson | Zoe Heatwole George & Martha Hodges | Lynn Jensen | Butch & Tracey Johnston | Kenneth Johnston | Kyle Joines | Jason Keller | Sue Ann Kline | John & Jan Klinedinst | Dennis Kunkle & Julie Kemper-Kunkle | Ken Martin | Shonna lgenfritz & Susan Newcomer Ken & Margaret Jelonek | Kenneth Johnston JustBrendaArt Studio Gallery J.R.’s Fresh Cut French Fries | Fran Keller | George Leader | Leadership York | Lise Levin & Bruce Bushwick | Dr. Mary & Mr. Chris Meisenhelter George Migash | Timothy Miller | My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe | New Level Advisors | The Newton Group | Henry & Barbara Nixon | Partners & Harrison | Danielle Passaro | Pepper’s Grille at Central Market | Ron & Debbie Perry | PRIME Art Supply Co. Michael Pritchard | Genevieve Ray Reisinger Poultry, Inc. | Lori Schmitt Tom & Peggy Selway | Bradley Smith | Shary Smith | Gary Sonke | Dr. Luther & Mrs. Ruth Sowers | Erin Spohn | Jessica Staub | Megan Stewart Susquehanna Real Estate | Karin Swartz | Jolene Tolbert | Tutoni’s | David Van Arsdale | Weary Arts Group Natalie Williams | Charles Wurster Mary Yeaple | York City Pretzel Company | York Friends Meeting | York Hospital Community Health Center | Amy Zeigler | Pam & George Zerba
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Krista Darr, President
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