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‘Historically Edgy’ Downtown York Brand Earns Statewide Recognition

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June 17, 2019
Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) recently presented nine awards during the organization’s annual statewide Townie Awards gala. The Townie Awards are a festive and venerable tradition designed to recognize the commonwealth’s core communities and individuals for creation and implementation of projects, programs and events that exemplify the goals of PDC’s community revitalization mission. Eligible communities consist of Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s nearly 200 member organizations, including Main Street and Elm Street programs, making the Townies a competitive award process each year.  
Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s executive director, Bill Fontana, said “Each year we look forward to the Townie Awards presentation for its ability to excite and inspire our members to continue their community revitalization efforts. Our member communities work tirelessly to improve their cities and towns, and we love having the opportunity to applaud them for their efforts.”   
The Townie Awards are a part of PDC’s annual statewide conference, which is held in a different commonwealth community each year in order to highlight the respective city or town’s accomplishments in community and neighborhood revitalization. This year’s conference, held in downtown Erie, was attended by more than 200 individuals and included borough and municipal officials, experts in community planning and landscape architecture, and dozens of Main Street and Elm Street managers. Highlights of the conference included Townie keynote speaker 2nd Lady of Pennsylvania, Gisele Fetterman, nationally-recognized speakers, over thirty educational sessions, mobile workshops showcasing the Looking Glass Art Project, Urban Neighborhood Gardens Tour, Machine Alley Activation Project, Idea Lab at the Blasco Library and Lawrence Park Historic District and an Erie Food Tours experience.   
Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to advance the sense of place, quality of life and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s downtowns, traditional neighborhood business districts and nearby residential areas.  For information about the Townie Awards and this year’s recipients, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 233-4675. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are the 10 Townie Award winners for 2018 projects 

Organizational Excellence  
Organizational Development 

Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. – Development Strategic Plan 
Special Events 
Oil City Arts Council and Main Street Program – BridgeFest 
Retail Promotions  
Venture Lititz – Lititz Promotions 
General Image 
Downtown York Brand Launch – “Historically Edgy” 

Anchor Building  
Our Town Foundation – 1787 Brewing Company 
Asset Enhancement 
Lansdowne Economic Development Corp. – Utility Works: A Creative Community


Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corp. – Community Cleanup Initiative 
Community Greening 
Downtown Lewistown, Inc. – Adopt A Planter 

SSJ Neighborhood Network – Gary McEnery 

Clearfield Revitalization Corp. – Murals, Scarecrows, and Window Painting 

Programs receiving Honorable Mention awards: 
Organizational Excellence  
Organizational Development 

Main Street Mount Joy 

Special Events  
United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA – 2nd Annual Welcoming Scranton 

Special Events 
Downtown Bellefonte – Under the Lights 

Pennsylvania Downtown Center 
Maria Wherley 717-233-4675