Venture Lititz has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s 863 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown districts.”
In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $19.34 of new investment back into Main Street communities.
Venture Lititz’s performance is annually evaluated by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.
Venture Lititz’s work can be seen in downtown events, including Fire & Ice, Taste of Lititz, Spring Cleanup, The Venture Lititz Gala, winter Edison bulb lights downtown, and the Apoca-Lititz 5k. In the last year they’ve launched an all-new website to promote the town, LititzPa.com, and have partnered with various community organizations to strategize for an economically sustainable, successful future – one that includes the preservation of our most treasured traditions and architecture, as well as a careful eye for important progress.
The organization’s future goals include enriching the downtown with more public art, maintaining Lititz’s zero-vacancy rate in downtown retail spaces, and continuing to attract a diverse selection of thriving businesses to the town.