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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

Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum Returns to Lancaster!

Our fourth Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum will return on Thursday, April 27th, to the historic Southern Market Center!

Join us for another chance to present your big idea to a community of thinkers just like you! Presented by the Lancaster City Alliance, Assets and Pubforge, Cultivate Lancaster is a free workshop for budding entrepreneurs to connect with influential thinkers and doers and learn about the many resources and small business support services that are available in the community. We hope to see you there!

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Lancaster City Alliance Is Moving!

Lancaster City Alliance is on the move! Our 354 N. Prince St. office will be closing on Friday, March 17th and reopening in the new home for the Lancaster Chamber for Commerce & Industry, and its partners, at 115 East King. The move will begin early Friday morning and we expect to be back in touch via phone, and email by Monday, March 20th. Our new physical address will be: 115 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Our email addresses and phone number remain the same.

Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty Report – One Good Job

The goal of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty Report, titled One Good Job, is to cut poverty in half in Lancaster City in 15 years.  Poverty is a complex issue and in order to advance solutions for people living in poverty, the recommendations related to Workforce, Education, Housing and Community are aimed at eliminating- not managing- poverty for our estimated 16,000 residents currently experiencing poverty.  LCA Vice President Shelby Nauman served on the Commission’s work-group and the Lancaster City Alliance tracks per capita income and housing units as part of the 15-year Building On Strength Plan.

Lancaster City Alliance Annual Report released!

We are pleased to share with you the Lancaster City Alliance 2015-2016 Annual Report. Aligned with our new Strategic Game Plan, this report proudly demonstrates the results of the hard work of our LCA community, including reflections through the eyes and words of some of our key partners. On July 1, 2016, we celebrated the third anniversary of LCA and marked the end of a busy year that saw significant progress, including:

◘  Implementing the Building On Strength economic development strategic plan for the City.

◘  Neighborhood partnerships remained a priority with key projects in several communities advancing.

◘ The Bike Ambassadors and Downtown Investment District Clean Team continued to provide critical services in ensuring clean and comfortable neighborhoods while abating quality of life issues in the areas they serve.

◘ Through the Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneur Forums, LCA brought together over 500 budding business leaders with resource providers that are resulting in key partnerships and productive relationships.

As an organization, we are pleased to share that we remain fiscally strong and our focus will continue to ensure that we are a worthy investment to our many advocates who generously contribute to our work. July 1, 2016 marked the beginning of a new era for LCA with a transition in leadership and the commencing of our new three-year LCA Strategic Game Plan (revealed within). All of this as we prepare a move to our new home at 115 E. King Street in the spring of 2017, joining several of our key partners. In the spirit of contributing to a great City,

John T. Reed, Chair, LCA

Marshall W. Snively, President, LCA and Executive Director, DID

Please consider supporting LCA with a gift of any amount to advance our vision for Lancaster: Strong Community. Strong Economy. Vibrant City.
Only with your support can we continue Unleashing Lancaster’s Future!

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SHOP SMALL EVERY DAY in the City of Lancaster!

Small Business Saturday was a great success this year for our merchant community in the City of Lancaster, but we do not want the #SHOPSMALL campaign to be limited to a single day on the calendar.

Lancaster City Alliance wants to remind the community that it is our merchants that make our city so special and unique. They do so not only in product and services, but in their genuine caring and support of Lancaster as a whole — often without celebration. So remember that they are your friends and neighbors here in the City of Lancaster and support them through this holiday shopping season, and all year long!

Cultivate Lancaster Returns on December 8th!

Do you have a business plan that could use some help getting fleshed out? Want an opportunity to network with peers and connect with small business resource providers?

Our third Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum will return on Thursday, December 8th, this time at the historic Southern Market Center!

Join us for another chance to present your big idea to a community of thinkers just like you! Presented by the Lancaster City Alliance and Assets, Cultivate Lancaster is a free workshop for budding entrepreneurs to connect with influential thinkers and doers and learn about the many resources and small business support services that are available in the community.

Register at

What’s New:

Thanks to the feedback we’ve received from previous Cultivate Lancaster attendees, we’ve reconfigured the event program a bit. In addition to plenty of networking and the opportunity to participate in a Pitch & Brew, we’re excited to introduce some new features, including:

• Focused breakout sessions :: From expert advice on registering your business or building a marketing plan to tips on finding funding or the perfect place for your office, the breakout sessions are a great chance to learn more about the topics that are important to you.

• One-on-one mentoring :: Take advantage of an opportunity to meet with a SCORE business mentor to discuss and gain insight on the unique challenges you are facing.

Head to for a full listing of the breakout session topics and presenters, as well as a comprehensive list of the many resource providers that are available to help you grow your innovative ideas into a thriving business!

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