Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Earns National Accreditation

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 Prepares to Celebrate 27th Annual PotatoFest

EBENSBURG PREPARES TO
CELEBRATE 27th ANNUAL POTATOFEST

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.

Ebensburg Summer Bucket List

Now that summer has begun, what is there to do around here?
The short answer: lots!

Check out our newly created “Ebensburg Summer Bucket List” which includes our favorite things to do during the summer months in the Ebensburg area. Print out the list and start exploring!

Track your progress and earn a prize – anyone who completes 20 or more activities should bring their completed list into the community development office in the borough building for a special prize.

Ebensburg Borough
Community Development Office
300 W. High Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-8414
dkoss@ebensburgpa.com

This activity is sponsored by the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership and the Ebensburg Recreation Department. For more ideas on things to do in our area, visit the Attractions page of our website.

 

“Retire Your Old Glory” at the Ebensburg Municipal Office

Retire Your Old Glory is a community-based program to collect and properly retire American flags when they are no longer usable. Because borough staff are often asked how and where to properly dispose of old flags, Borough Council voted to participate in this program.

The American Legion Post 363 and Ebensburg VFW Post 4963 have generously agreed to sponsor the program by covering the initial set up fees, and Boy Scout Troop 98 has agreed to mange the program on an ongoing basis. They will periodically collect the flags, report the number of flags collected and ceremonially dispose of the flags.

Thanks to all the organizations involved in making this program possible.

Shop Small in Ebensburg – Small Business Saturday Contest, Nov. 24th

SHOP SMALL in Ebensburg on Small Business Saturday®

Ebensburg – Each year, the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership promotes and celebrates Small Business Saturday in Ebensburg as a way to support Ebensburg’s local small business community.

On Saturday, November 24th, residents are encouraged to take part in Small Business Saturday by shopping small and dining small at area small businesses.

Shoppers can enter Ebensburg’s Shop Small Contest for a chance to win one of four $25.00 gift cards to one of the participating shops or restaurants. Details can be found at the link below:

PRINT PASSPORT CONTEST FORM HERE

“We are a community of small businesses and we want to do everything we can to help our small businesses succeed,” said Danea Koss, community development director. “We encourage everyone to support your local community by shopping small AND dining small in Ebensburg this holiday season. When you shop small you’re not just supporting a small business, you’re boosting your local economy, supporting local jobs and you’re keeping local businesses in business!”