Manheim Downtown Development Group will dissolve

By on April 13, 2016


The Manheim Downtown Development Group (MDDG) was designated as a Main Street program in 2007 under Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The program uses the four-point approach to community revitalization in a downtown area with focus placed on design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring. During this time, MDDG developed many valuable programs to enhance the community including:

  • Family friendly events;
  • Safe, Clean and Green Initiatives such as the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program and Community Clean-Ups;
  • Grand opening and ribbon cutting celebrations supporting local businesses;
  • Created and facilitated a Facade Improvement Program that enabled downtown property owners to receive a matching grant for improvements to their home or business;
  • Business educational workshops and training sessions;
  • Supporting other non-profit community and civic organizations;
  • Resurrection and support of Stiegel Glassworks 1976;
  • Low cost advertising through a mobile apps and publications;
  • Continuing to educate the community, visitors and media of the positive impacts that are occurring in the community;
  • Received grants and partnered with local businesses to continue to make visual enhancements in the downtown.

Since 2008, The MDDG has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The organization also has received six state townie awards from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center for various initiatives developed for the community.

As designed, the Main Street grant is a five year program. Since MDDG has closed out the DCED grant, the organization has had a difficult time financially sustaining without cutting valuable programs for the community. After a long discussion, MDDG realizes the depth in Manheim’s long existing non-profits. Manheim Area Economic Development Corporation, Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce, Manheim Lion’s Club, Women’s Club of Manheim, Stiegel Glassworks 1976, Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment, Manheim Rotary, Manheim Sertoma, Manheim Historical Society, Historic Manheim Preservation Foundation, and the list goes on.

Instead of overextending their financial resources and volunteers in the community, MDDG has discussed the opportunities with these organizations to ensure an easy transition so the legacy and progress made are not lost in Manheim.

“Our work in revitalizing Manheim by assisting businesses, promoting our town, securing grants and hosting community events has resulted in significant dollars to Manheim, many new businesses opening in our community and enhanced community pride,” states Doreen Ober, Main Street Manager. “We are delighted the existing organizations in Manheim are extending their programs and continuing the legacy of the MDDG. Manheim has a tremendous amount of opportunities for economic growth and it will be exciting to see the transformation of Manheim in the next five to ten years.”


Manheim Downtown Development Group, organizers of the Rock-N-Glow (shown) and Santa Run 5Ks, Christmas in Manheim, and Cruisin’ the Square, will be dissolving in mid-June.

Manheim Downtown Development Group, organizers of the Rock-N-Glow (shown) and Santa Run
5Ks, Christmas in Manheim, and Cruisin’ the Square, will be dissolving in mid-June.


“In closing, I would like to thank our volunteers, community partners, residents and business owners for your dedication and hard work throughout Manheim. In the eight years, I have seen and been a part of some very unique and amazing projects, events and celebrations. It wasn’t the events or projects that made them what they were, it was the people who came together for one common goal. The goal for creating a better Manheim for us all to love, live and experience.”

The MDDG will dissolve in mid-June after the Manheim Rock-N-Glow 5K event which will be held on Saturday, June 4th.

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