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West Reading Elm Street Program One of Five State Accredited

Jun 19, 2017 • by Pennsylvania Downtown Center
West Reading is in the state Main Street program.

HARRISBURG, PA- Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is honored to recognize these five Pennsylvania downtown neighborhoods as statewide accredited programs.With the long-term goal of the Elm Street program being to enable local neighborhood revitalization leaders to achieve results, demonstrate worth, and build a sustainable program, Sustainable Organization is of the utmost importance. This priority of focus stems from PDC’s many years of experience with the Main Street program.Though all Elm Street neighborhoods are expected to focus on action in all five areas, inevitably each neighborhood is different and will therefore exit the planning phase with its own unique set of priorities and goals. The Five Areas of Focus are: Clean, Safe & Green; Neighbors & Economy; Design; Image & Identity; Sustainable Organization.Accredited Elm Street programs are evaluated annually by their coordinating program. PDC, the coordinating program of Main Street and Elm Street programs in Pennsylvania, is proud to see these downtown neighborhood programs acknowledged for their determination to meet Elm Street principles. Each of these downtown neighborhood programs has met the performance standards required by PA Downtown Center. These standards include training requirements, planning methods, and community involvement.Receiving statewide accreditation shows that these programs are dedicated to creating a change in their community and leading as an example for other programs in the revitalization process.Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s communities. 2017 Statewide Accredited ProgramsBradford – 2nd Ward Elm Street (Northwest PA)West Reading – Center Point (Southeast PA)City of Allentown – Upside (Lehigh Valley PA)Downtown Lewistown – Five Points (Northeast PA)Lansdowne EDC – Lansdowne-Yeadon (Southeast PA)   

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