What We Do

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated solely to the revitalization of the commonwealth's core communities.

What We DoPrimarily through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Over the years, we have formed a variety of strategic partnerships with local and statewide organizations in order to further our mission of promoting community revitalization and reinvestment. Additionally, our centralized Harrisburg location allows us to interact regularly with members of the PA Legislature in order to advocate on behalf of downtown and neighborhood initiatives in the commonwealth.

Our history

Since 1987, PDC has provided affordable services and benefits to communities across the commonwealth in order to help them address their unique economic and social conditions. Our member organizations, and the communities with which we work, range in size and location from extremely large urban neighborhoods to rural towns with a population of less than one thousand.

Our philosophy identifies ongoing professional management as a critical component of any successful revitalization plan. How do we do this? With a staff that includes four experienced urban and regional planners, as well as communications and marketing experts and event planners. PDC has carefully selected a group of professionals who possess the skills and experience necessary to assist you with your revitalization needs. Additionally, our business members include planning, engineering, and architecture firms, as well as a variety of other relevant businesses and consultants. This increases our community members' access to comprehensive guidance and support.