Myerstown Borough Council Approves New Vitality Partnership
Pictured (L to R): Bryan Rittle, Borough Council President; Charles Blankenship, SCORE Mentor; Michael R. McKenna, Borough Manager; Steffan Bomberger, Economic Development Officer.
Myerstown Borough Council has approved the initiation of a new organization called the Myerstown Vitality Partnership (MVP). The announcement was made by Borough Council President Bryan Rittle.
“MVP is a public-private partnership that will focus on revitalization”, Borough Manager Michael McKenna stated, “We have many advantages to offer business and industry. This new organization will focus on progress for Myerstown borough. We also recognize that it’s important for us to build on the momentum we experienced in 2018. We have an opportunity to capitalize on the positive awareness we built up through our 250th Anniversary events."
The Project Team working with McKenna includes Economic Development Officer Steffan Bomberger and SCORE Consultant Charles Blankenship.
The first projects on the group’s development agenda include:
- Creation of a Myerstown Small Business Resource Center – to be located at the Myerstown Community Center, 101 S. Railroad Street. It will serve as a one-stop resource for starting a business or non-profit organization. Available tools will include licensed databases, specialized websites, authoritative reference books and periodicals, Free Wi-Fi, access to document scanning and printing services will also be available. It will also act as a host location for counseling services such as SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon. The Center will be open during Borough office hours and routinely staffed by the Borough’s Communication and Development Officer.
- Initiating a new Main Street Program for the Borough –MVP will prepare and submit a request for Keystone Community designation under the State’s Communities Program. This designation will empower the borough, via public-private partnerships, to implement tools that advance community revitalization efforts. One of those tools is a “Main Street” program, which is a nationally-proven model for downtown revitalization. It was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- Attracting private investment and jobs to the Myerstown Community Center Project – An early task for the MVP will be to manage a request for proposals from qualified developers or property managers to complete improvements to the community center, with private investment in order to market the project to new business tenants. The community center is the former Myerstown Elementary School. It now houses the borough office. Vacant space is also available for lease.
Mr. Blankenship noted some logical reasons why the revitalization initiatives make sense, “The Borough is located near the intersection of three counties. This means a short commute and delivery times to and from Lebanon, Reading, and Lancaster. Availability of retail and commercial space in Myerstown’s downtown district could be very attractive to business owners and developers, especially considering the planned support through assistance, incentives, and marketing efforts planned for the MVP”.
“Our Myerstown Borough theme is Built on Community,” Steffan Bomberger adds, “...In this regard, we have a wonderful, hometown energy that appeals to families; and families are the bedrock of our schools, our lifestyle and our local businesses."
For more information about the Borough or the Myerstown Vitality Partnership, call the Borough office at 717-866-5038, or visit www.myerstownpa.org.