Lancaster County Boroughs Economic Development Newsletter
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Lancaster County Boroughs
Economic Development Newsletter
March Edition - Introductory Newsletter

In this edition:

  1. Newsletter Introduction
  2. Boroughs Collective Working Group
  3. Featured Borough
  4. Featured Property
  5. Upcoming Events

Welcome to our Introductory Newsletter

Welcome to the introductory edition of the Lancaster County Boroughs – Economic Development Newsletter.
The eighteen boroughs in Lancaster County, while different in many ways, face similar challenges in addressing a common need for economic development that generates tax revenues, addresses underutilized properties and enhances local communities.  Over the past six months, the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC) has met with both public officials and staff in many of the County’s boroughs, and has consistently heard the desire to strengthen localized community and economic development activity, even in the face of fewer resources.  We also found a desire and willingness to strengthen the connectivity of the Boroughs by defining common goals and shared needs.  Importantly, these conversations have helped EDC learn more about each Borough, make new business connections and learn about specific redevelopment sites. 
Over the past two months, EDC has developed a more formalized initiative, engaging the Working Group listed below and borough representatives throughout the County.  Key strategies that have been identified are to:

  • Make connections & share information around economic development initiatives in Lancaster County
  • Build capacity to address development opportunities and challenges
  • Develop an education component focused on economic development topics

Our goal is to help facilitate economic development that is supported by local leadership.   We have created this newsletter focused on Lancaster County’s Boroughs to disseminate information regularly that includes updates on projects, planning activities, and redevelopment opportunities.
PLEASE forward this to others in your community who are engaged in economic development or who would benefit from learning about our activities. Take advantage of signing up anyone interested in receiving this in the future and feel free to offer suggestions on the types of information that would be most useful to share about our community’s Boroughs.


Boroughs Collective Working Group:

Lisa Boyd - Borough Manager, Strasburg Borough
Michael Hession - Borough Manager, Borough of Denver
Roni Ryan - Borough Manager, Elizabethtown Borough
Robert Thompson - Borough Manager, Borough of Ephrata
Rebecca Denlinger - Downtown Business Development Specialist, Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce
James Cowhey - Executive Director, Lancaster County Planning Commission
Matthew Sternberg - Executive Director, Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authority
John Biemiller - Executive Vice President & COO, EDC
Laura Gebhart - Economic Development Coordinator, EDC

Featured Borough:

Each newsletter will feature information on one of the 18 boroughs based on the data we gather to better understand the similarities, differences, challenges, and opportunities among boroughs.  Employment is an example of the data we are collecting for the boroughs. 

As of 2013, Elizabethtown Borough reported 4.9 percent unemployment. In comparison, the county experienced 4.2 percent unemployment and the boroughs collectively averaged 6.2 percent unemployment.

Featured Property:

The "Featured Property" will describe a building or site that provides a development opportunity for one of the boroughs.  For example, Hotel Columbia and Hotel Locust pose opportunities for economic development in Columbia. 

The Columbia Economic Development Corporation acquired these buildings in 2014.  You can read more about their efforts to redevelop the former hotels here.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming events will feature economic development education opportunities or relevant opportunities in the boroughs.

Stabilizing Neighborhoods Through Vacant and Abandoned Proprty Initiatives
A Penn State Extension Live Webinar hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Commission
Wednesday, April 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 102, 150 N Queen St, Lancaster
For more information, visit the website.

EB-5 and Local Economic Development
Webinar presented by PEDA
Wednesday, May 11 from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
For more information, visit

Contact us!

If you would like to be added to the mailing list or share any news or events, please contact Laura Gebhart at
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