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Lancaster City Alliance 2016-17 Annual Report

We invite you to view our Annual Report to see how Lancaster City Alliance is shaping all four quadrants of Lancaster City through daring conversation and unique partnerships.

Please consider pledging your support to the Lancaster City Alliance by donating on our website or by participating in the Extraordinary Give on November 17th. Find our Giving Page here.

With your support, we will continue to advance our vision for Lancaster:
Strong Community. Strong Economy. Vibrant City.

Governor’s Awards for the Arts Week-long Celebration!

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania will be held in Lancaster City this year and we are celebrating! In addition to the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 26, the arts community has rallied together and will be holding a variety of events throughout the week, from a roving music fest, to a parade, to a mural painting extravaganza! Find a full schedule of all the things there are to do and see that week in the City of Lancaster here!!

You are all invited to the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania Ceremony on Thursday, October 26th at 7pm in the LAncaster County Convention Center! We encourage you to join us as we celebrate the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania! Following the awards ceremony there will be a coffee and dessert reception. The event is FREE but you must REGISTER  here.

Velocity 2017: Celebrating A City Moving Forward

Join us for VELOCITY 2017 on Thursday, September 28th from 5 – 10pm at Tellus 360. Celebrate the City of Lancaster with Cultural Performances • Visual Arts • Fashion Show • Food Tastings from local Restaurants and a VIP Rooftop Party with open bar from 5 – 7pm. • VIP Tickets at $75 and General Admission at $25.

Velocity 2017: Celebrating A City Moving Forward has become an annual event that celebrates the inspiring entrepreneurs who are moving our city forward and showcases the very best that the City of Lancaster has to offer by bringing together the worlds of Art, Culture, Food, and Fashion in one exhilarating evening! The celebration takes place at Tellus 360 and the entire space will come alive with activity, with the VIP experience hosted on their spectacular, newly renovated 10,000 square ft. roof. This year that means a rooftop rivalry included – the Velocity Cocktail Competition! It will test the talents of 10 of the City’s favorite bartenders for the Top Prize of an official Proclamation by the Mayor to declare the winner, the Official Cocktail of Lancaster City for one year! The main stage at Tellus will be rockin’ to the beat of Lancaster bands while local artist Loryn Spangler Jones paints to the rhythms, creating another masterwork for live auction.
This year’s fashion show promises a new runway with surprises that will slay, and the local restaurant scene is collaborating to provide food tastings that will tempt every palate. VIP guests will have full access to the rooftop from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with an open bar, great food, and special entertainment. General admission tickets allow access to the entire ground floor, generous samplings from local restaurants, and even more electrifying entertainment. Don’t miss a moment of the BEST party in town this year!
Sponsored by ATOMIC, Alegre Concierge Services, Fig Lancaster, Downtown Investment District, Lancaster City Alliance, PPM Real Estate, Tellus360, Triode Media Group Ltd
This event is a fundraiser for Lancaster City Alliance

Bike Patrols launch in Southwest Lancaster as extra ‘set of eyes on the street’

The first bike ambassadors for Lancaster’s Southwest neighborhood were off and pedaling Thursday, marking the start of long-planned improvements to that quadrant of the city.

“The No. 1 concern from residents is safety and security,” said Jim Shultz, director of neighborhood enhancement for the Southwest revitalization efforts, now officially named SoWe.

The three-person team of bike ambassadors will be an extra “set of eyes on the street,” said Shultz who is also the program development director for the Lancaster Housing and Opportunity Partnership.

“Conversations with the (city) police department show criminal mischief and graffiti are down and quality of life issues are improved in areas where the bike ambassadors patrol,” said Dave Aichele, director of Clean & Safe Services for the Lancaster City Alliance, which is a partner with the SoWe initiative. Read the full story here.

Join the Lancaster City Alliance Team!

Join Team Lancaster: The Lancaster City Alliance is currently recruiting for a Director of Communications.  This key position oversees all the Alliance’s Communications in all areas of its business; internal and external publications; speeches and video presentations; fundraising materials; and public communications.  The ideal candidate will have attained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations or a related communications field and have at least 5 years of related experience.  A self-starter with excellent writing and presentations skills, the most attractive candidates will have experience in fundraising and development and have proven their ability to educate and persuade others.

A complete job description can be found here. All  Inquiries must be sent to

Rider Alert for Queen Street Station Closing and Bus Detours

RRTA’s Queen Street Station will be closed for con­struction starting Monday, July 24, 2017 and will remain closed for a minimum of three months. During construction, Queen Street Station will not allow buses in the transit park for boarding or deboarding of passengers.

The Information Center at Queen Street Station will remain open during normal business hours throughout construction for RRTA passengers to wait and purchase passes. Weekday hours are from 8 AM to 5:30 PM and Weekends are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The alternate RRTA bus stops can be found here.

Southwest Lancaster Awarded $1.15M Over 5 Years To Revitalize Neighborhood

Southwest Lancaster city residents are celebrating. They have ambitious plans to invest in better housing, to clean up parks and build new ones, to encourage others to move in and buy homes.

They want to revive one of the most neglected quadrants of the city.

The tradition-rich neighborhoods, settled in the 1800s by Germans and home to a new generation of immigrants, people from Angola and Laos and Puerto Rico and the Congo, have brought new cultures, ideas and energy to Lancaster’s Southwest community.

And now they’re getting some help.

A Wells Fargo foundation that funds neighborhood improvements in the U.S. is awarding $1.15 million to the Southwest over five years, money that will be used to fix up homes, lure more businesses and pay for new bike ambassadors and street lights and other amenities that add to the quality of life. to read. Read more here.

View the full Southwest Lancaster Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy – Final Report.

Traffic Alert During Hotel Expansion at Penn Square

Construction activity beginning May 1st on first block of East King Street, two travel lanes maintained on King with minimal parking restrictions.

Beginning Monday May 8th, demolition of three properties will occur on East King Street adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, in advance of the hotel expansion at Penn Square. Demolition and site preparations are expected to last up to 4 weeks.

Prior to demolition and beginning May 1st, the two travel lanes will be shifted left (north) to accommodate two lanes of travel while providing a safe working zone buffer for the demolition activity. Parking will be eliminated between Queen and Christian Streets to facilitate this shift. This shift will remain in place until the new tower is completed in 2018.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Matt Metzler (717) 291-4777 or

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