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An Evaluation of Pennsylvania's Main Street Programs (2011)

October 07, 2011  | Community and Economic Development

The Main Street Program has had a role in community revitalization in Pennsylvania since 1980. As of 2010, there were 165 programs initiated in Pennsylvania. This research explored the viability and sustainability of Main Street Programs (MSPs) in Pennsylvania and developed policy  considerations to support their continued viability and sustainability. For the research, sustainable programs were defined as those that had stability in leadership, governance, finances and staffing. The research, conducted in 2010, used existing data from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) and the U.S. Census, and new data from a mail questionnaire of Main Street managers and site visits to a selection of programs throughout the state.

Tags:  community development , economic development , community revitalization , main street

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.