Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation
Ebensburg, PA (August 21, 2018) – Ebensburg Main Street Partnership has once again been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.
The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership’s performance is annually evaluated by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
“We are proud to be one of only 40 accredited main street programs in Pennsylvania,” said John Paul Houser, president of the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. “It sets us apart and affirms that we are following the national standard for all main street programs.”
The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership represents an important and unique partnership between municipal government (the Borough of Ebensburg) and private enterprise. Combined with interested residents from the community, the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership is committed to increasing the economic vitality of the Ebensburg Central Business District. This is accomplished through a coordinated program of promotional activities, as well as facade and streetscape improvements.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ebensburg – The 27th annual PotatoFest will be held Saturday, September 29th from 9 am-5 pm in downtown Ebensburg! Over 200 of the area’s best craft and food vendors will line High, Center, Julian and West Sample Streets, as well as, the Cambria County Memorial Park and Penn Eben Park. Visitors will enjoy unique potato foods and live entertainment all day long! Dance performers will show off their moves in the VFW parking lot.
“The PotatoFest Committee works year-round to put together a family-friendly event that has a little something for everyone,” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director. “We really focus on attracting all types of people from our area and beyond.” Dauntless Fire Station will also host their 11th Annual Wine Extravanganza at their station. Admission is $10 which includes a wine glass and wine tasting.
Returning once again this year will be a designated area for kids called ‘Adventures in Spudland’ featuring a bounce house, dance dome, the ‘Kid’s Potato Patch’, and a Home Depot Kids workshop.
There is no charge to attend PotatoFest and a free shuttle runs from 9 am – 5:30 pm from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech & Central Cambria School (Rt. 422), Penn Highlands Community College, Ebensburg Mini Mall and Lake Rowena!
PotatoFest is sponsored by State Farm Agent Kim Springer, First National Bank, 96 Key, and WTAJ. For additional information, please visit www.potatofest.com, or call the Ebensburg Borough Office at (814) 472-8780.
The Ebensburg Farmers Market will begin Saturday, July 7th and go through September 22nd. The market runs every Saturday in Penn Eben Park from 9 am to 12 pm, rain or shine. Vendors in attendance will be selling the following items, and items will vary from week to week:
This year’s “Movie in the Park” will take place on Friday, July 6th (weather permitting) and will feature “Jumanji!” Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for a movie under the stars. Dauntless Fire Company also be providing popcorn to attendees.
EBENSBURG HOMECOMING & DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN –A WEEKEND FULL OF ACTIVITIES
Ebensburg – On Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th Ebensburg will host their annual Downtown Shutdown and Homecoming celebration which have become localized popular events for the community.
The weekend begins when the streets at the center of town close down at 6 pm for a free concert from 8 to 11 pm. This year’s event will feature Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors — a high energy band playing dance-able, emotionally engaging groove rock.
Events continue on Saturday with a Community-wide yard sale, a fishing derby at Lake Rowena, a Baseball Clinic with the Altoona Curve, a Farmer’s Market in Penn Eben Park and continues with a full schedule of events throughout the day. “There is really something for everyone during our annual Homecoming event – fishing, shopping, sports, games, live music, fireworks and more!” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director. Yard Sale maps will be made available at the Borough office, Ebensburg Library, and online at www.ebensburgmainstreet.com a few weeks prior.
Baskets donated by local businesses for the Homecoming basket raffle will be on display at First National Bank at 111 W. High Street in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Raffle tickets will be available at the bank through the Friday, the 27th, and then onsite at Lake Rowena beginning around 5 pm on Homecoming day.
For a tentative schedule of events during Homecoming, please visit http://ebensburgpa.com/ebensburg_homecoming/ or call the Ebensburg Borough Office at (814) 472-8780.
Pool Opening Day:
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Monday – Thursday 12pm – 8pm
Friday – Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Everyday – 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Individual (19-64) $120
Individual Child (4-18)/ Senior (65+) $100
2 Person Pass $160
Additional Dependents $25
Individual (19-64) $150
Individual Child (4-18)/ Senior (65+) $130
2 Person Pass $185
Additional Dependents $25
Daily Admission Rates
Adult (19-64) $6
Child (4-18) $4
Senior (65+) $4
Half Price – Twilight (6-8 pm)
Contact the YPCC with any questions: 814-472-4277.