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Building On Strength

City of Lancaster Economic Development Strategic Plan

Project Overview & Purpose

In 2014 the Lancaster City Alliance  developed a 15-year economic development plan for the City of Lancaster to enhance the community’s quality of life and ensure economic growth. Lancaster entered into this planning process from a position of advantage, largely the result of the successes of the previous Lancaster Economic Development Action Agenda (“LDR Plan”), produced in 1998. Therefore, Lancaster has been building on its strengths and creating an environment that fosters growth and development, elevates the economic well-being of the community, and sets a foundation for healthy urban economic development in the future. As we move through the implementation of the plan through 2030, Building On Strength is expected to evolve and be adapted to work in harmony with other community plans.

In 2018, the recommendations of the plan were recalibrated in response to changing circumstances, and reflect an additional emphasis on the following:

§  Affordable and mixed-income housing development

§  Alignment with the goals and strategies of the One Good Job poverty reduction plan adopted in 2016

§  More efficient transportation options for travel within the City

§  Better defining the entrepreneurial ecosystem

§  Marketing to residential developers and a growing consumer base

A Message From our President:

Now in year seven of the 15-year plan, Building On Strength (BoS) continues to gain momentum by improving the tools we need to meet the plan goals. I hope you will take a moment to learn how a variety of Building On Strength projects are advancing throughout the City. Please also save the date for the return of a small-scale Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneur Forum, October 28 at The Candy Factory. Follow us on social media for Cultivate details and registration.

In the following articles explore how the Building On Strength implementation partners are working alongside the City of Lancaster to develop the City’s first comprehensive plan in nearly 30 years and to ensure its coordination with the Building On Strength Plan. The new comprehensive plan will help to guide the City’s development tools and processes while examining important community needs and assets such as transportation, housing, and parks, while helping to ensure a more equitable City.

We are also pleased to share with you that the Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurship Coalition received grant money to expand their work to create an attractive environment for entrepreneurs to do business in the City. Another important tool is the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program that supports economic development in designated zones in the City. Now managed by the Lancaster City Alliance, the CRIZ program will be even more integrated in BoS – focusing on small business support while advancing larger-scale development projects along the commercial hubs.

As one of the City’s biggest fans, we count on you to champion the Building On Strength outcomes by supporting City businesses, participating in community meetings, and sharing your love of Lancaster.


Marshall W. Snively
Lancaster City Alliance

Tracking the Building On Strength Plan

Building On Strength Outcome Dashboard and Privately Led Investment Chart

As of the end of September 2021, privately led investment, a key outcome of the Building On Strength plan, completed, under construction, planned, and conceptual since July 1, 2015 exceeds the 2030 goal of $1 billion, at more than $1.23 billion. Importantly, new investment occurring outside of the Downtown Core exceeds investment in Downtown. More than $826 million occurring along the City’s key corridors and other key focus areas of the plan (“commercial hubs”) as well as at other key sites in the City (ex: former St. Joseph Hospital Campus).

The “Privately Led Investment by Commercial Hub and Phase of Development” dashboard illustrates the amount of investment by area. The Train Station Area is now represented on this dashboard for the first time, following the recent announcement of the proposed $48 million redevelopment of the Stockyard Inn site at Lititz Pike/Marshall Avenue.

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