Downtown Ephrata, Inc. (DEI) is a grass roots, comprehensive, integrated non-profit economic development organization committed to the revitalization of Downtown Ephrata.

Our Mission:

To implement a sustainable program that will enhance Ephrata's

economic vitality while preserving its special character.

 

Our Vision:

To strengthen Ephrata as the economic center of the greater community.

DEI is committed to establishing a foundation of support services and incentives that will attract strong retail and commercial businesses to downtown Ephrata. This foundation is strengthened by the common interests of several "business-friendly" organizations,

a strong cadre of community volunteers, a progressive political leadership,

and established downtown businesses.

Through the leadership of a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, community volunteers and supporters work together within the framework of these components

to bring about change, progress, and economic stregnth.

 

A Strong Downtown Should Be Important to Everyone!

Downtown Ephrata is worth the investment and commitment of the community's resources.

        A strong, healthy, and vital downtown:

  • ... is a symbol of community economic health, quality of life, pride, and history.
  • ....retains and creates jobs, which also means a stronger tax base.
  • ... encourages new small businesses - the building blocks of a healthy economy.
  • ... reduces sprawl by concentrating retail in one area and using resources wisely.
  • ... protects property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods.
  • ... is an ideal location for independent businesses.
  • ... increases the community's options for goods and services, housing and entertainment.
  • ... provides an important civic forum where members of the community can congregate.
  • ... is a tourist attraction by virtue of the character of buildings, location, selection of unique businesses, and events held there.

MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Downtown Ephrata, Inc. does not function without the outstanding commitment of a strong cadre of volunteers.  Our Board of Directors partner with other government, civic, and non-profit groups to build a strong business community in the downtown area.

Leading that charge for DEI is an small group of determined volunteers, our Board of Directors.  Though small, their leadership defines DEI's effectiveness.

2014 DEI Board of Directors

    Deb Wiegand

    Don Dombach

    Todd Ellis

    Dawn Mentzer

    Sue Rowe

    Lori Royer

   

DEI is always looking for community volunteers to "fill in the gaps" and provide specific expertise for special projects.  Send us an email and let us know if you want to learn more about getting involved in building a stronger community.  Or better yet, download the application below and mail it to: DEI, PO Box 124, Ephrata, PA, 17522.

                                                   

JOIN US!  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION !

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