Wolf Administration Designates City of Lebanon as Newest Keystone Main Street
Lebanon, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) regional director Fadia Halma joined local leaders to designate the City of Lebanon as the commonwealth’s newest Keystone Main Street. The designation will further enable the city to support downtown businesses and improve quality of life for residents.
“The Wolf Administration is so excited to designate Lebanon as a Keystone Main Street,” Halma said. “This will increase the level of partnership between the city and the state. It also demonstrates a renewed commitment to the businesses and residents of downtown Lebanon.”
As a designated Keystone Main Street, Lebanon 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, and networking opportunities with other designated areas. Additionally, this designation makes Lebanon eligible for consideration under the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which encourages private investment into community development projects in low-income areas.
“I’m excited to be part of the Main Street initiative for Downtown Lebanon,” said John Tice, interim executive director of Downtown Lebanon Business Improvement District. “There are so many great resources available, whether people, education or programs, as part of this designation. Finding and leveraging methods that have worked in other historic communities to bring new life to our downtown, I consider a key part of moving Lebanon forward.”
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.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132