Invitation to Discuss Gettysburg’s Current Business Environment

As the Gettysburg Borough’s economic development arm, one of Main Street Gettysburg’s roles is to stay connected to the community, especially the business community.  On September 18th, from 9:00 until 11:00, Main Street Gettysburg will be hosting a conversation with downtown business representatives to discuss the current business environment in our area.  We invite business owners to attend and ask that you contact Main Street Gettysburg (717-337-3491 or info@mainstreetgettysburg.org)  to let us know if you plan to attend.  We are meeting at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave. 

The purpose of this gathering of Main Street Community Advisory Committee on September 18 is to listen to the “feet on the ground” downtown business owners and better understand the current local business environment.  If there are issues that negatively impact the business community, we want to define exactly what these issues are, exchange ideas and learn from other businesses about what is working and what is not. The discussion will include brainstorming new ideas and looking for ways to turn ideas into action.  Possibly by encouraging businesses to share their own experiences and general trends, we can find ways to make improvements that will benefit the broader economy in town.

Another way that MSG stays connected to our community is by talking directly with individual business owners as Annie Frazee, MSG’s Business Liaison and I visit with the businesses.  In some cases businesses come to us with updates. This year has been an interesting year because there have been a variety of perspectives.  Some businesses are doing better than last year.  Some are not. There are many opinions about what the current state of our local economy is and why it is.   However, Annie and I are beginning to notice more consistent feedback from various types of businesses such as the restaurants, history related industry, hotels and a variety of shops that business is declining from year to year.  This is why MSG decided to host the Community Advisory meeting.  Hopefully, business owners will take a few minutes to attend so MSG and Borough staff can carefully listen and interact with the community that lives and works in our local day to day business environment. From there we will be better informed to take the right action for future improvements.

MSG’s direction and priorities are guided by the MSG Ten-year Economic Development Plan. This plan was created and approved by various community stakeholders in 2014.  In August the MSG Board will be reviewing and updating this long-term plan.  The Community Advisory Committee meeting will also be an opportunity for MSG to share the most current version of the MSG Ten-year Economic Development Plan and seek input from the businesses.  The Gettysburg community’s needs are constantly changing, and it is imperative that MSG stays current with these changes. 

We hope you will mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 18 from 9:00 until 11:00 at the Heritage Center, Steinwehr Avenue.  If you could contact either Annie Frazee or myself, Deb, at 717-337-3491 or info@mainstreetgettysburg.org.  It would be greatly appreciated.