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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.

Lancaster City Alliance 2018-2019 Impact Report

Lancaster City Alliance 2018-2019 Impact Report │Message from our Board Chair and President

THE PEOPLE, BUSINESSES, AND COMMUNITIES OF LANCASTER CITY ARE at the center of everything we do. Our impact in the past year is felt by the entrepreneurs we assist. It is seen in the neighborhoods where our Red Shirt Ambassadors patrol and in the City’s growing tree canopy. It is heard when we celebrate our community’s success and address its challenges.

Our work is directed by the community’s Building On Strength Economic Development plan and is in partnership with over 30 organizations to implement the plan. In the past year, a major focus has been in South Lancaster, especially on South Prince, South Queen, and Manor Streets to assist neighbors with needed home and business improvements while providing job training, placing trash receptacles, and planting trees. We also hired a neighborhood project coordinator who speaks both English and Spanish to work alongside neighbors as we implement this work.

As we enter year five of the plan’s implementation, investment is increasing not only Downtown, but throughout our communities. In addition, we continue our work with the City and partner organizations to achieve housing for all and support our entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneurship Coalition and the Cultivate Lancaster events.

This year also marks the beginning of our new strategic plan. The plan asks three important questions to guide our, work through the year 2022. One, how do we fulfill our most impactful role within the community ecosystem? Two, how do we define and measure the success of our stakeholders and three, how can we economy-proof our work to ensure

Thanks to the support of our investors and many community
partners, the City continues to grow, yet we still have much to
do. Please take a moment to review highlights from 2018-2019
and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.
Peter Barber, Board Chair, and Marshall Snively, President.

View the full 2018-2019 Impact Report here.

Your Support of the City Makes our Work Possible

Dear Neighbor:

Your enthusiasm for the City of Lancaster is part of the reason why the City succeeds. On behalf of all of us at Lancaster City Alliance, we love how you love Lancaster!

Your support for the City inspires our work. In 2019, we celebrated 43 business milestone anniversaries and shared 18 different traffic alerts. Our blue shirt clean team picked up 79,000 pounds of leaves and performed 2,000 business checks. We placed 20 new sidewalk trash receptacles on the City’s south side, and our red shirt ambassadors removed 396 graffiti tags.

Today we hope you will support our year-end campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 so that you can help us reach our objective of a flourishing City where everyone can share in its success. Your support will connect families to their surroundings in a positive way. With donor support, we are able to provide homes on S. Prince, S. Queen, Columbia Avenue, and Beaver, Manor Streets with a fresh coat of paint, front porch repairs, and new windows and doors. With our partners, we launched Indie Retail Week and the Cultivar Hispanic business owner’s event and welcomed # new businesses and #employees to the City. However, there is still much work to be done.

With your support, we can continue important collaborative work like addressing affordable housing, transportation, and poverty in the City. That is why our goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 by December 31. If we raise that amount, we could make improvements to two more homes in the City’s south side.

You can make a donation of $50 or $100, or whatever you can afford, to help us achieve a flouring City where everyone can share in its success. As a non-profit focused on the City’s success, we cannot do it without your support. You can have a lasting impact on all those who call Lancaster City home.

Please click here to make your donation now.

With gratitude,

Marshall, David, Lori, Jeremy, Colleen, Ricardo, Lisa, and Anne


P.S. Our end-of-year campaign starts today. A donation to the Lancaster City Alliance toward our $10,000 goal by December 31 will support improvements to two more City homes. You can make a gift of $50, $100, or whatever you can afford, click here to make your donation today.


Come ‘Shop Late’ in Lancaster City on Thursday, December 12!

Whether it’s last-minute holiday shopping or a much-needed night on the town, Lancaster Shops Late 2019 is the perfect excuse to explore what Lancaster City has to offer! Home to over 200 eclectic, local shops, businesses, and restaurants, Lancaster City has something special for everyone on your list!
Merchants that wish to participate can sign up here.

Merchants will stay open late (9 p.m. or later) to invite shoppers
to “m
ake a night” out of holiday shopping in Lancaster City.

There will be roaming entertainment, warm treats, and plenty of holiday cheer. We even hear that Santa will be in #downtownlancaster that night!
Check out this list of all participating businesses here!   

Please note street parking is #FREE after 6 p.m. as meters are no longer enforced.
This event is sponsored by the Downtown Investment District, Visit Lancaster City, and the Lancaster City Alliance

Small Business Saturday in the City of Lancaster

#SHOPSMALL on Small Business Saturday in Lancaster City this Saturday, November 30!

Small Business Saturday is a national event that encourages shoppers to support local, small businesses. While every day is a good time to shop small in Lancaster City, Small Business Saturday is a great day to explore our shops, galleries, studios, stores, cafes, restaurants and more as you prepare for holiday gifting.
Come support your friends & neighbors that own these small businesses and #shoplocal in Lancaster City!  #smallbizsat #lovelancastercity #visitlancastercity

Lancaster’s Most Generous Day of the Year is Friday, November 22!

The Extraordinary Give 2019 will take place on Friday, November 22. Lancaster City flourishes, and everyone shares in its success. Your contribution to Lancaster City Alliance during the Extraordinary Give supports Red-Shirted Ambassadors, independent retailers, cultivating entrepreneurs, and a team that cares about making Lancaster a clean, safe and vibrant City for all. #GiveEXTRA on November 22 at

October is National Women’s Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month and Lancaster City Alliance celebrates the dozens of vital, creative women-owned small businesses that make the City of Lancaster such a vibrant place to live, work and visit every day!

The 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express shows that by January 2018 there were 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US. These businesses employed 9.2 million people and generated revenues totaling $1.8 trillion. Compared to all firms, women-owned businesses accounted for 58% of firms, employed 21% of the workforce, and generated 46% of revenues

VeloCity 2019: Celebrating A City Moving Forward

Lancaster City Alliance and the Downtown Investment District Present: VeloCity 2019!

Celebrate the City with us as Lancaster’s thriving art, culture, food, and fashion take over every floor at Tellus360 on September 26, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Tickets on sale NOW here with VIP Experience going fast! 

VIP Admission: $75 – Exclusive access to the Tellus 360 rooftop including an open bar from 5-7pm. Rooftop only: Loryn Spangler-Jones Artist live paints to the pulse of the celebration and the #VIP Cocktail Competition returns! Guests sample food tastings from local restaurants and will vote for the Official Cocktail of the City of Lancaster while jamming to the electric energy of Downtown Sound Band!

General Admission: $25 – Access to the Main Floor generous samplings from local restaurants, music, live art auction, enjoy the alternative Indie/Pop band from Lancaster – Nearly York and the return of the #VeloCity Fashion Show! Cash bar.

Proceeds from VeloCity2019 benefit the Lancaster City Alliance and Downtown Investment District. Join us as we celebrate a city moving forward!

Thank you to our generous sponsors. Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House, Alegre Events, ATOMIC, Belvedere Inn, City of Lancaster Office of Promotion, Evan H. Germann / Cabinetmaker, Fig Lancaster, Downtown Investment District, Filling’s Clothing, Lancaster City Alliance, LSJ Studios, PPM Real Estate, Shumaker PDT, Tellus360, Triode Media Group Ltd

Lancaster City Indie Retail Week – July 15 thru 21!

Lancaster City Indie Retail Week is a shop local celebration that runs July 15-21, 2019, encouraging consumers to shop at independent retailers; highlighting their positive social and economic impact – locally, nationally and globally.

We encourage all to shop independent retail year-round and to use July as a time to celebrate the independent retailers that help build our economy; creating more sustainable cities, towns, and communities. It will be a week to shine a spotlight on the unique, diverse and vibrant retail business community in the City of Lancaster.

Lancaster City Alliance is proud to be the founding sponsor of this inaugural Lancaster City Indie Retail Week.

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