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Building On Strength

City of Lancaster Economic Development Strategic Plan

Project Overview & Purpose

In 2014, the Lancaster City Alliance sought out to develop a long-term economic development strategy for the City of Lancaster to ensure an appropriate environment for continued economic growth and quality of life enhancements. The City of Lancaster had entered into this planning process from a position of advantage, largely the result of over 15 years of coordinating and implementing the strategies identified in the Lancaster Economic Development Action Agenda (LDR Plan), produced in 1998. Today, following a track record of successful endeavors, Lancaster is characterized as a good place in which to invest, a community with access to numerous amenities, and is recognized for its thriving arts community and strong entrepreneurial spirit. This Plan is a fresh look at Lancaster and a tool for attracting continued investment. Navigating from a position of advantage, Lancaster is today Building on Strength. This Plan strives to create an environment that fosters growth and development, elevates the economic wellbeing of Lancastrians, and sets a foundation for healthy urban economic development for the coming years.

Building On Strength Progress Report, March 2021

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” –James Baldwin

As our community navigates unprecedented challenges and looks with hope toward the coming months, I am inspired by the way we have faced the past year and persevered. Community partners came together to adapt the Building On Strength plan in response to new economic realities and nearly one year later, we continue to make extraordinary progress toward its 2030 goals. There is, however, still work to be done. The updates below detail how strategies within the plan are helping to move the community forward around affordable housing, supporting neighborhoods, traditional development projects, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.

As we transition from recovery to rebounding, this is our time to face challenges with unity, optimism, and collective grit. We are seeing this period through and are coming out better on the other side.


Marshall W. Snively
Lancaster City Alliance

Charts – Building On Strength Outcomes Dashboard and Privately Led Investment by Commercial Hub

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