Working with lead consultants, Mahan Rykiel Associates and Arnett Muldrow & Associates, RGS provided local knowledge and expertise to the urban planning effort that will guide Lancaster City’s economic growth and quality of life strategies for the next fifteen years. ‘Building on Strength’ – Lancaster City’s Economic Development Plan prescribes an environment which both attracts and retains more entrepreneurs and other investors to this world-class, mid-sized city, and it identifies targeted opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods surrounding Lancaster’s key commercial hubs located beyond the presently successful downtown. Our clients included the Lancaster City Alliance, the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster County Planning Commission, a Steering Committee comprised of 19 community leaders, 7 focus groups, and a 40-member Working Group that vetted our research and recommendations. During the yearlong urban planning process, another 80 one-on-one interviews were conducted during the urban planning process, and the general public was invited to participate in three planning sessions.

Awards
Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter, 2015
Lancaster County Planning Commission, Planning Leadership Award – 2016