Downtown Chambersburg : Downtown Chambersburg Receives Main Street America Accreditation

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Downtown Chambersburg Inc. has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

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About Downtown Chambersburg INC

Downtown Chambersburg Inc., a 501C3 nonprofit organization and affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, leads economic revitalization efforts in downtown Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for more than 28 years. Our organization follows the Main Street Approach and has programs and projects within each pillar of the approach: Organization, Economic Vitality, Safe, Clean & Green and Design. Our downtown is home to over 150 business and property owners. Through our efforts, our downtown has seen over $100 million dollars of investment over recent years.

About Main Street America

Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $95.33 billion in new public and private investment, generated 161,036 net new businesses and 717,723 net new jobs, and rehabilitated more than 314,431 buildings. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.

Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America

“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.

The Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s performance is annually evaluated by Pennsylvania Downtown Center which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.

In 2021, Downtown Chambersburg Inc. welcomed thousands of people to our downtown at and outside of events like our Spring and Fall Food Truck Fests, Sip & Strolls, Food Crawls, Ice Fest and Duck Derby. We provided support (e.g.: marketing) to stakeholders like Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, Capitol Theatre, Chambersburg Community Theater and Council for the Arts. Over the course of 2021, we provided business support to our business and property owners, recruited prospective businesses and developers and because of this, we have seen increasing amount of investment within our downtown, including but not limited to upper floor investment and new storefront spaces. Over 5 new storefront businesses in 2021 and over the course of 2021 and early 2022, we welcomed 7 more lodging options to our downtown. Due to our relationships with Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and our property owners, we successfully accomplished over 5 façade projects in 2021. “Downtown Chambersburg has been experiencing growth over the past 7 years and we are grateful to what has been accomplished in 2021. Partners like the Borough of Chambersburg, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg has helped make this accreditation a reality. This accreditation from National Main Street Center further recognizes our organization’s efforts to sustain and enhance downtown Chambersburg,” said Sam Thrush, president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

“Receiving Main Street America accreditation is a reflection of many community stakeholders’ investments, past and present.  Their support enables Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s to fully realize its’ mission to drive economic development through business recruitment and retention and administration of programs that positively affect the look, feel and perception of Main Street thereby attracting investment,” said Jenna Kaczmarek, Board Chair of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.  She concluded, “Whether an attendee to a downtown event, a business or property owner/investor, or an individual/organization giving of their time and talent; all have created the success DCI has experienced in fulfilling its’ mission.” 

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