RGS Associates, Inc. was recognized with an Award of Merit for Building on Strength – an Economic Development Plan for the City of Lancaster by the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Lancaster’s economic development plan does as its name suggests. It builds upon the success of the City’s 1998 plan by setting new goals and building new relationships for continued economic development attraction to a world class, mid-sized city. The plan was primarily private-sector driven, supported by the public sector with community involvement, and linked with traditional economic development. It promotes entrepreneurialism, leverages the City’s brand as a great place to live, work and do business, and improves the quality of life as an economic development attractor. Since its June 2015 completion, 21 of Building on Strength 25 recommendations have already yielded significant results.

This project was commissioned by the Lancaster City Alliance in collaboration with the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Planning Commission. Mahan Rykiel Associates led the consulting team that also included Arnett Muldrow & Associates.

RGS Associates is an award-winning consulting firm of registered landscape architects and civil engineers who provide their clients with creative site design and entitlement services beginning with initial feasibility investigations and continuing through project construction. Founded in 1993, RGS specializes in the thoughtful design of senior living communities, commercial centers, residential neighborhoods, urban centers, and open spaces throughout central Pennsylvania.