Lancaster County Pennsylvania

A Very Special Place

Lancaster County is well known for its beautiful farms, rich history, charming towns, Amish communities, farmer’s markets, arts & crafts and enviable quality of life. It’s no surprise that we’re growing.

The Hourglass

The Hourglass was formed to champion and facilitate effective growth management in order to make Lancaster County an even better place to live, work and visit. We believe that Lancaster County can have growth and economic prosperity without losing its unique character and enviable quality of life.
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A new website designed by the Hourglass to promote tourism in downtown Lancaster.  The site captures the unique Lancaster experience by focusing on the downtown’s rich history and all the exciting things to see and do - the art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.  Check it out at


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We’re not like other non-profit organizations.  We aren’t focused on a single topic or passion. Instead, we concern ourselves with complex legacy issues and how they impact the quality of life in Lancaster County

This Week’s Featured Publications / EVENTS

2016-17 State of Education report released
Representatives of several education leadership associations today released the 2016-17 State of Education report highlighting the many successes and challenges facing public education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

This 72-page document covers a vast array of statistics gathered from data available from public sources, as well as responses from a survey sent to all school districts, career and technology centers, and intermediate units in the state in December 2016. The report delves into school finances, student achievement, budget pressures and teacher shortages, to name a few. This year’s report will establish a baseline which can be used moving forward to show changes and trends over time. 

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