After 100 meetings involving over 1,000 constituents, the Lancaster City Alliance (LCA) unveiled the Economic Development Strategy Plan yesterday. Speaking to a packed event at the Ware Center, Mayor J Richard Gray and LCA members highlighted past successes, such as bringing the Barnstormers to Lancaster and building the Lancaster County Convention Center, and offered a glimpse of what our city could become when we build on our strengths.
What are some of the strengths we can build upon? Culture and community, the downtown, continued investment, a movement to shop and eat local, great commercial hubs, talented individuals, accessibility to nearby metropolises and bountiful farmland, diversity, a city with a deep history, and many partnerships that bring everything together.
The plan has the potential to generate $1 billion in growth, mostly through private investment. When you view a map of targeted growth, key areas of the development form spokes from a central downtown core. Once such corridor is the New Holland Avenue corridor that borders our neighborhood on the east side. A major gateway into our neighborhood is where East Ross Street and New Holland Avenue intersect. Another major gateway into our neighborhood forms along our southern border with East Walnut Street. Both of these areas are poised for growth.
Our group, Neighbors United, embraces the strategies set forth by this ambitious plan. Residents and businesses alike will certainly benefit from the quality of life improvements proposed. A more walkable and bikeable community, with the right mix of housing and businesses that cater to our residents, will not only make our lives more pleasant, it will help close the gap of the more than $400 million that is spent by residents outside our city every year.
Your investment in Neighbors United in paving the way for a Safer, Greener and Cleaner community where people want to live, work and shop. Our partnership with LCA promises to bring the quality of life improvements you expect and cultivate the businesses you need.
Within our borders are 3,000 households -- we are one of the most residential areas in our city. Imagine how different your day would be if you could walk to get everything you need. Imagine what our neighborhood would look like if local businesses in turn reinvested into the community. This is what our partnership with the Lancaster City Alliance is all about.
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