About Us


The Hourglass, founded in 1997, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on making Lancaster County an even better place to live. The Hourglass works to raise awareness, facilitate discussion, provide information and create the conditions that will allow residents to understand and participate in decisions that impact the quality of their lives.

We believe that strategic growth management is critical to controlling our destiny and protecting Lancaster County’s unique character and special quality of life. The Hourglass works with the individuals, groups, organizations and government officials to enable informed decision making on issues affecting the future of Lancaster County.