About Us


DOWNTOWN MECHANICSBURG PARTNERSHIP

ABOUT MECHANICSBURG


Then as now, Mechanicsburg is characterized by the grit and resilience of its citizens. From a village that sprouted up between 1790 and 1820 along the original Indian paths of south-central Pennsylvania and nestled in the farmland of the Susquehanna Valley, Mechanicsburg (also once known as Stoufferstown, Pinchgut, and Drytown) became a way stop for westward-bound pioneers and later recognized as a commercial railroad hub for transporting farm produce, livestock, and goods. By 1828, Mechanicsburg permanently adopted its name in recognition of the large number of mechanics lured here by the promise of work.

If you listen carefully enough, you might still hear the ring and clear of the hardy mechanics as they built and repaired the Conestoga and work wagons that hauled people’s hopes and goods westward on the dusty trails across the Appalachian and Allegheny mountains.

In 1863, Mechanicsburg played its part during the Civil War when weary and hungry Confederate troops occupied the town demanding provisions before urgently being called southward to Gettysburg.

Generations of Americans, each different in essential ways from those who settled here before them, have fueled our development and given a rich texture to our culture and heritage.

Today, of course, Mechanicsburg is a very different place when compared to these humble beginnings in the early 1800s. It is now a bustling downtown for thousands of people, with many more people moving to our area as they plant roots, raise families, and start businesses, making Cumberland County the fastest growing county in the state.

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s mission is to help the Borough move thoughtfully and strategically into the next chapter of our story while still preserving our history. The Partnership is dedicated to enhancing what is already a thriving, people-centered destination rich in history, commerce, and opportunity. It does so by focusing on successful partnerships and promoting opportunities to ensure that our traditional commercial and residential cores continue to be attractive, livable, and business friendly. – A great place to live, work, and play.

DOWNTOWN MECHANICSBURG PARTNERSHIP


For nearly two decades, the MISSION AND VISION of the Partnership have remained steady. They are:

  • To bring together residents of the Borough who represent diverse interests to create a unified division of a vibrant downtown.
  • To enhance the quality of life by preserving and promoting our heritage and unique sense of place.
  • To revitalize downtown Mechanicsburg to be a hub of opportunity for culture and innovation.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE



Jayne Drake

Jayne Drake, President


Temple University, Emerita

Edward Phelan

Edward Phelan, Vice President


Mechanical Engineer

Deb McCreary, Treasurer


Owner, Eckel’s Ice Cream Fountain

Pam Zaiser

Pam Zaiser, Secretary


Retired, Holy Spirit Hospital

DIRECTORS



Beverly Bone


Mechanicsburg Museum Association

Christine Dixon


Owner, Not So Shabby

Brooke Donovan


Dickinson College, Advancement Officer

Elizabeth Dubin


Messiah College, Dir. Art Ed. and Galleries

Judith Fissel


Mechanicsburg Resident

Debra Frisco


Social Media Manager, PLCB

Brandon Hoover


Messiah College, Dir. Sustainability

Tara Kiley Rothwell


Owner, Kite Tales Weaving

Dan Spino


West Shore Free Church

Ryan Webber


Keystone Elder Law

Rebecca Yearick


Cumberland Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authorites and liason Cumberland Co. Redevelopment Authority

LIASON



Gary Weber


Mechanicsburg Borough Council



 

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