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, Summer 2019
We are now in implementation year five of the Building On Strength Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City. With 29 of the plan’s 33 recommendations underway, the community is working toward full implementation while addressing key development opportunities and barriers to meeting the plan goals. At the last Implementation Partners Meeting there was a robust discussion about opportunities at the Train Station and the now vacant UPMC hospital site, as well as continued conversation around creating or sharpening our tools to increase mixed-income housing opportunities, job attainment, and the growth of our entrepreneurial businesses throughout the City.
We have had much to celebrate with announcements around several substantial projects and initiatives. These include multi-million dollar investments in the City, increased opportunities for small businesses, and the recent announcement that the Poverty Coalition’s partner plan, One Good Job, that is meeting or exceeding many of its metrics in its efforts to combat poverty in the City. While this bodes well for Lancaster, there is still much work to be done to meet the aspirations of the Building On Strength Plan. Please read on to see what some of our implementation partners are doing to continue to move the plan forward.
Marshall W. Snively
President, Lancaster City Alliance
2030 Outcomes Dashboard
As of August 2019 there was a loss of 300 new residential units in the “2,500 New Residential Units: Anticipated Progress” column due to the announcement that Community Basics’ plans for a Sunnyside mixed-housing/mixed-income development have been officially withdrawn, but that loss has been balanced by the recent announcement of 150 new “Age 55+” units proposed by Willow Valley Communities.
Several recently announced projects have had a significant positive impact on the “$1 Billion in Privately Led Investment: Anticipated Progress” column, including the Willow Valley Communities residential tower with ground floor retail project, the Southern Market reuse project, both at Queen & Vine streets in Downtown; and the planned expansion of the emergency department at Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Hospital on N. Duke Street.