Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) secretary Dennis Davin announced the designation of Gettysburg as the commonwealth’s newest Keystone Main Street. The designation will further enable the city to support downtown businesses and improve the quality of life for residents.
“This designation is an important step for the future of Gettysburg’s downtown,” Secretary Davin said. “The Wolf Administration is committed to supporting the development of our communities. With this Main Street designation, Gettysburg will be better equipped to make their town a better place to live, work, and play in the years ahead.”
As a designated Keystone Main Street, Gettysburg will benefit from priority consideration for several DCED community development programs like the Keystone Communities program. The city will also receive technical assistance and training for local leaders and managers through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, and networking opportunities with other designated areas. Additionally, this designation makes Gettysburg eligible for consideration under the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which encourages private investment into community development projects in low-income areas.
“Main Street Gettysburg has been incorporated since 1984 and has had a very strong relationship with the Department of Community and Economic Development that has made significant investments in our community,” said Deborah Adamik, president, and CEO of Main Street Gettysburg. “Main Street Gettysburg is thrilled to receive this new and important designation as we embark on new development initiatives like the $11 million Baltimore Street Revitalization project that will showcase how partnerships between DCED and Main Streets effectively strengthen our economy.”
The primary goals of designated Main Street areas are improving the quality of life in a community by making the traditional downtown area a more attractive place to live and work. They also strive to increase business development and create jobs in the area, improve the level of planning in the community, and ensure that public and private investments are impactful to the local economy. This designation aligns with Main Street Gettysburg’s Ten-Year Economic Revitalization Plan currently underway. The plan aims to make major improvements in Gettysburg’s downtown development.