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Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that cultivates partnerships with business, local communities, the arts, education, non-profits, and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all.
  • Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

    "As co-owner of The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24, I appreciate how the Lancaster City Alliance works with merchants to troubleshoot issues facing the local business community."
    - Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

  • Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

    "The West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Group has benefited so much from the efforts of Lancaster City Alliance. Thanks to their efforts we can proudly say that West Lancaster Jewels is “Love Where We Live,” as we have some of the most blocks adopted in the City of Lancaster.”
    - Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

  • Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

    "The Lancaster City Alliance is a ground-breaker in promoting small, local businesses making our city vibrant and safe. They are visionaries, promoters, and connectors."
    - Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

  • Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

    "The Lancaster City Alliance team worked with me to find the perfect location for my store and helped to promote the launch of my new enterprise."
    - Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

Neighborhood Connector: Audrey Skilton

Name:  Audrey Skilton
Neighborhood Group:  SoWe

Your work as one of the leaders in your Neighborhood Group is important because: 

We want the neighborhood to be cohesive, safe, pleasant, welcoming.

Challenges that you are facing in your neighborhood right now: 

The perception of crime, trash on the streets, lack of connection between neighbors, poverty and under/unemployment.

What are some of the rewards from being a neighborhood connector in your Group:   

I have gotten to know so many of my neighbors that I didn’t know before. We feel now that we are “somebody”—the city government and many city residents and stakeholders recognize the SoWe name. We are “lighting up the neighborhood” with free porch lights. We have the Bike Ambassadors. We’re teaming up with Price Elementary in school programs.

Can you give a specific example of how your neighborhood has worked together?

In the Blizzard of 2016, the plow couldn’t get down some streets, and residents went out with shovels and a few snow blowers and cleared entire blocks by hand.

What is your secret to meeting new neighbors and welcoming them into the community?

The SoWe Neighborhood Connections Committee is working on forming a kind of “Welcome Wagon,” with information packets and welcoming gifts for new neighbors. Our Lancaster Southwest Community Facebook group,  is a great way to get to know neighbors that you might not see in your daily travels.

Favorite way to spend a day with family, or friends in Lancaster City: 

First Friday and Music Friday.

 

 

 

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