Our Mission

To drive development that positively affects the look, feel and experience of downtown Chambersburg, increasing economic vitality to benefit the Chambersburg community.


Our Vision

Downtown Chambersburg is a crossroads where art and diversity unite, local food and diverse international cuisine combine, new ideas and traditional values converge, and vibrant and healthy lifestyles abound.

Who We Are

Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. (DCI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1986 as the Blue Ribbon Panel. Officially renamed to DCI in 1994, the organization focuses on driving economic development in downtown Chambersburg through recruiting and retaining businesses and executing programs that increase the appeal and improve the perception of our downtown. The charge for transformation is headed up by DCI President, Sam Thrush, and a board of 19 community leaders who live, work, and do business in Downtown Chambersburg. Our team is united upon a common belief in downtown and that its revitalization is critical to the quality of life of the greater Chambersburg area. Downtowns are the place to “be,” and we are excited about the future of Downtown Chambersburg.

We champion downtown revitalization by implementing the four points of the Main Street Approach:

Design: Enhance the physical and visual assets of the community to support transformation.

Economic vitality: Assist new and existing downtown businesses by creating a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and business owners to thrive.

Promotion: Support a buy-local experience through marketing and events designed to drive community members and beyond to our downtown.

Organization: Create a strong foundation for sustainable revitalization by cultivating partnerships, organizing community involvement, and providing resources for downtown businesses and patrons.

Over $100 million of investments have been infused into downtown Chambersburg over the past several years, with more planned soon. These investments leverage the existing cultural, historical, retail, and natural assets located in downtown.

About Chambersburg

Benjamin Chambers is credited with beginning the settlement of Chambersburg in 1730 around water mills in Conococheague Creek and Falling Spring Creek. Chambersburg was incorporated in 1803 and was designated the County seat at that time. Historically, Chambersburg is most widely known as a significant site in American history, being the only Northern city burned by the Confederate army during the Civil War in 1864.

Chambersburg is located in Franklin County, PA, part of the Cumberland Valley, with a population of 22,172 inside the Borough of Chambersburg and a total greater Chambersburg area population of 52,273. The town is next to the Appalachian Mountains and sits right outside of Caledonia State Park, which includes a section of the Appalachian Trail. Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD are within 100 miles of Chambersburg, and the town sits at the mid-point between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. As Chambersburg grows and develops, it is increasingly becoming an inviting place for young professionals, families, and retirees who desire the small-town America feel in a walkable community.

Your Partnership

We invite you to be part of downtown Chambersburg’s transformation! To get involved, contact us at 717-264-7101 or [email protected].

Our President

Samuel Thrush, AICP

Our Board of Directors

      • Jenna Kaczmarek, Chair – Patriot Federal Credit Union
      • Alice Elia, Vice Chair – Franklin County Library System
      • Emily Schuit, Secretary – i360 Property Management
      • Mike Metz, Treasurer – F&M Trust
      • Anne Finucane – The Foundry Art Market
      • Stacy Short, Council Member – Borough of Chambersburg
      • Sharon Coffman, Council Member – Borough of Chambersburg
      • Guy Shaul – Borough of Chambersburg
      • Stacy Mellott – The Stacy Mellott Group with Remax 1st Advantage
      • Ann Wagner – Ludwig Jewelers Inc.
      • Mike Rideout – Building Our Pride in Chambersburg
      • Kelly Kozlowski – The Capitol Theatre
      • Marcos Gonzalez – Patriot Federal Credit Union
      • Amer Chaundry – Falafel Shack
      • Brittany Shade – Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg
      • Kendra Matusiak – REmix Design
      • Melanie Hoffman – Noelker & Hull
      • Tanya Nitterhouse – Sunnyhill Properties
      • Dave Keller – Luminest Community Development

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