Lancaster City Merchant Meeting Minutes
November 15, 2023 – 8:30 am to 9:45 am
The Ware Center – Atrium
138 meeting attendees
Marshall Snively gave a warm welcome to everyone and thanked everyone for attending. We are honored to have such a crowd as we celebrate milestone and recognition awards to fifty-seven small businesses and non-profit organizations. We are delighted to have Mayor Danene Sorace join us today to present the awards.
Mayor Sorace shared she is delighted to be here to celebrate the small businesses that make our city so unique. We are fortunate to have such committed and creative entrepreneurs in our community. Mayor Sorace gave an update on how the city works to elevate our small businesses by creating a Tourism Master Plan. The city has engaged the services of a consultant, Eddy Alexander, to work with us to create a plan that elevates our strengths to develop a brand for the City. Jennifer Eddy shared that they are completing a survey, which will be distributed early next year. She encouraged everyone to participate in the survey, including your employees.
Alex Otthofer thanked our community partner, Millersville University at The Ware Center, and the staff for providing this wonderful meeting space.
Marshall thanked our Legacy Sponsors and our Visionary Sponsors listed on the agenda for their generous support, which makes these meetings possible. He acknowledged the following who are in attendance today: Teke Drummond, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health; Mike Wetzel, Franklin & Marshall College; Jen Lauver, Fulton Bank; Lindsey McCallum and Andrew Garner, Steinman Foundation and Brooke Baker with M & T Bank who is our Executive Sponsor.
Dave Aichele thanked Colonial Parking for providing parking vouchers for free parking in the lot across from The Ware Center.
Marshall Snively and Mayor Danene Sorace announced each citywide business being recognized today and asked them to receive their award. Awards were presented for one-year to forty-year milestone business anniversaries, along with two special recognition awards presented to ASSETS for their 30-year anniversary and Festoon Boutique, honoring their strong support of the merchant community.
Marshall Snively thanked everyone for their attendance this morning. He shared his appreciation for all the small businesses for everything they do to make our city outstanding.
He reminded everyone that there would not be a merchant meeting in December and wished all a safe, happy, and prosperous holiday season.
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As a non-profit organization, the Lancaster City Alliance relies on the commitment of our generous corporate sponsors. Our 17 Visionary Sponsors demonstrate their commitment to the City’s collective good through their contribution to the Lancaster City Alliance. Thank you to AP Murray, Baker Tilly, Barley Snyder, City of Lancaster, Discover Lancaster, Ecklin Development, Irex Contracting Group, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Orrstown Bank, PNC Financial Services, PPL Electric Utilities, The M&T Charitable Foundation, S&T Bank, UGI Utilities, Inc., Warehouse District, Willow Valley Communities, and Woodstream.