Publications

First Friday Forum Highlights

2018 FFNF Invitation & Highlights

2018 Forum Sponsor
Rodgers FFNF page


November 2018 FFNF Highlights

A LANCASTER STORY
Steve Zuckerman, Principal - Oaktree Development

October 2018 FFNF Highlights

TEC CENTRO
Presenter - Carlos Graupera, Founder & CEO

September 2018 FFNF Highlights

LANCASTER COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director

August 2018 FFNF Highlights

THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
William E. Griscom, Ed.D., President

July 2018 FFNF Highlights

NO FORUM HELD IN JULY

June 2018 FFNF Highlights

CITY OF LANCASTER, PA
Danene Sorace, Mayor

May 2018 FFNF Highlights

LANCASTER COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY
Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director
Katherine Walsh, Program Manager

April 2018 FFNF Highlights

CARGAS SYSTEMS’ DECISION TO MOVE DOWNTOWN
Chip Cargas, Founder & Chairman

March 2018 FFNF Highlights

LANCASTER LEBANON INTERMEDIATE UNIT (IU13)
Dr. Brian D. Barnhart, Executive Director

February 2018 FFNF Highlights

LANCASTER COUNTY CONSERVANCY
A Proactive Approach to Shaping Lancaster’s Land Use for Future Generations
Philip R. Wenger, President & CEO

January 2018 FFNF Highlights

ASK THE COMMISSIONERS
Lancaster County Commissioners Stuckey, Parsons and Lehman


2017 FFNF Invitation & Highlights


December 2017 FFNF Highlights

C. EMLEN URBAN
19th & 20th Century Architect Re-Defined the Architecture of Lancaster City
Gregory A. Scott, FAIA - RLPS Architects

November 2017 FFNF Highlights

LANCASTER COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY - “A NEW CHAPTER”
Kevin Molly, Executive Director - Lancaster County Convention Center Authority

October 2017 FFNF Highlights

COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS
The Truth and Consequences of Municipal Fiscal Distress in Pennsylvania
1970-2014

Gerald Cross, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Economy League

September 2017 FFNF Highlights

LanCity CONNECT
Brian Kelly, MAW Communications
Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works - City of Lancaster, PA

August 2017 FFNF Highlights

ASPIRE Universal
Essam Abadir, CEO; Mike Monteiro, CPO; and Kim Ireland, VP Healthcare, CEO Smart Health Innovation Lab

July 2017 FFNF Highlights

Due to Independence Day Holiday weekend a forum was not held in July.

June 2017 FFNF Highlights

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (EDC)
ACTIVITIES AND UPDATES
Lisa Riggs, President

May 2017 FFNF Highlights

SOUTHWEST NEIGHBORHOOLD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY
Ray D’Agostino, President
Jim Shultz - Development Director
Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP)

April 2017 FFNF

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LANCASTER (SDOL)
Improving Lancaster Through Powerful and Effective Learning for Our Children
Dr. Damaris Rau, Superintendent
Dr. Jay Butterfield, Director of Secondary Education

March 3, 2017

THE FULTON THEATRE
Marc Robin, Executive Artistic Director

February 3, 2017

COMMUNITY FIRST FUND
Daniel Betancourt, President & CEO

January 6, 2017

ASK THE COMMISSIONERS
Lancaster Commissioners Stuckey, Parsons and Lehman


2016 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 6, 2016 FFNF

WHAT’S UP WITH CITY PARKING?
Larry Cohen, Executive Director
Lancaster City Parking Authority (LPA)

November 2016 FFNF

BUILDING ON STRENGTH
Robert Shoemaker and Marshall Snively
Lancaster City Alliance

October 2016 FFNF

LANCASTER LEAD COALITION
Jeffrey R. Martin, MD—Director of Lancaster Lead Coalition and
Emily Eddowes, Project Manager—Lancaster Partnership for Public Health

September 2016 FFNF

LANCASTER COUNTY CONSERVANCY - URBAN GREENING AND SAVING OUR FORESTS INITIATIVES
Phil Wenger, CEO and Kathie Shirk-Gonick, Director of Land Protection

August 2016 FFNF

LANCASTER COUNTY HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AND LANCASTER COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY
Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director

June 2016 FFNF

DISCOVER LANCASTER
Kathleen Frankford, President - Discover Lancaster

May 2016 FFNF

THE UNITED WAY - COMMUNITY IMPACT AND LANCASTER COUNTY COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Sue Suter, President & CEO and Randy Patterson, Board Chair - United Way of Lancaster County
Jennifer KOPPEL, Director - Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness

April 1, 2016

STATE OF THE CITY UPDATE
J. Richard Gray, Mayor - City of Lancaster, PA

March 4, 2016

PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE
Keith R. Sadler, M.Ed., Chief of Police - Lancaster Bureau of Police

February 5, 2016

THE CRIZ - A DEVELOPER’S VIEW
John Meeder, Developer - Meeder Development Corporation

January 8, 2016

ASK THE COMMISSIONERS
Commissioner Dennis Stuckey and Commissioner Craig Lehman


2015 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 4, 2015

PLACES 2040 - A PLAN FOR LANCASTER COUNTY
James Cowhey, Executive Director and Scott Standish, Sr., Countywide Planner - Lancaster County Planning Commission

November 6, 2015

THE SURVEYOR HOTEL
Developers - Crystal Weaver, Owner - Prince St. Café
Kyle Sollenberger, Entrepreneur

October 2, 2015

LANCASTER COUNTY IS GROWING - FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
F. Kaid Benfield, Senior Counsel for Environmental Strategies
PlaceMakers LLC

September 2015 FFNF

LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH AND PENN MEDICINE PARTNERSHIP - An update on the latest developments
Jan L. Bergen, President & Chief Operating Officer - Lancaster General Health
Robert P. Macina, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative/Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

August 2015

THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AND MCCASKEY HIGH SCHOOL - Setting the standard for excellence in urban education
Paul E. Richer, II, Executive Director - Lancaster Education Foundation

July 3, 2015

NO FORUM HELD IN JULY DUE TO INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

June 2015 FFNF

WALKABLE BIKEABLE LANCASTER
Beth Schwartz, MSN RN, Healthy Weight Management Coordinator - LG Health Wellness Center and Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works - City of Lancaster

May 2015 FFNF

USGA WOMEN’S OPEN UPDATE — 66 Days To Tee Off ...
Barry Deach, USGA Championship Director

April 2015 FFNF

ALL ABOARD ! PennDOT’s Initiatives for the Keystone Line
Toby L. Fauver, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation—PennDOT

March 2015 FFNF

CRIZ LANCASTER - City Revitalization & Improvement Zone
Ray D’Agostino, Chairman - CRIZ Authority Board and Randy Patterson, Acting Executive Director - CRIZ Authority

February 2015 FFNF

ASSETS Lancaster
Jessica King - Executive Director and Jonathan Coleman - Program Director

January 2015 FFNF

ASK THE COMMISSIONERS
Lancaster County Commissioners - Dennis Stuckey and Scott Martin


2014 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2014 FFNF

THE SCOOP ON THE LOOP
Jennifer Baker, Director—Lancaster’s Office of Promotion

November 2014 FFNF

MARKET MAGIC
Jessica Mailhot - Lancaster Central Market Manager
Valerie Moul - Lancaster Central Market Trust Board Chair

October 2014 FFNF

DOWNTOWN’S EMERGING TECH ZONE
Aspire Ventures
Bill Spire, Managing Director

September 2014 FFNF

Care Connections - Lancaster General Health
John Wood, MD, FAAFP, Program Medical Director and Chairman of Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General Health and Kimberly Bahata, MBA, RN, CPHQ, Program Director and Director - Disease Management

August 2014 FFNF

Creating the Next Economic Development Plan for the City
Bob Shoemaker, President & CEO and Marshall Snively, Executive Vice-President & COO - Lancaster City Alliance

July 2014 FFNF

Beyond the Code - Success Stories in Upper Level Re-Development
Ted Vedock, Architect, Principal - Hammel Associates Architects, LLC
Gary Horning, Bureau Chief, Code Compliance and Inspections - City of Lancaster, PA

June 2014 FFNF

UPSTAIRS — DOWNTOWN
Kenneth D. Hammel, Managing Architect — Hammel Associates Architects, LLC
Randy Patterson, Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Redevelopment—Lancaster City
Ray D’Agostino, Executive Director — Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

May 2014 FFNF

Lancaster - Ultra-High Broadband is Now Here!
KINBER - Patti Campbell, Director - External Relations and Ken Barber, Manager - Member Relations

April 2014 FFNF

The Ware Center Story
Harvey Owen and Laura Kendall, Directors
Ware & Winter Centers of Millersville University

March 2014 FFNF

School Readiness Campaign
Patrick Jinks, President & CEO - United Way of Lancaster
Sam Bressi, President & CEO - Lancaster County Community Foundation

February 2014 FFNF

LANCASTER COUNTY HOUSING

Ray D’Agostino, Executive Director - Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, Emma Hamme, Senior Planner - Lancaster Co. Planning Commission and Rick Jackson, ELA Group

January 2014 FFNF

ASK THE COMMISSIONERS
County Commissioners Scott Martin, Dennis Stuckey and Craig Lehman


2013 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2013 FFNF

Strong Thinkers, Strong Makers, and Strong Communicators
Mary Colleen Heil, President—Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D)

November 2013 FFNF

Lancaster General Hospital - Planning for Future Needs
Dr. Christina Stabler, Vice-President of Academic Affairs - Lancaster General Hospital

October 2013 FFNF

On Track for Planning
Ronald Bailey - Pennsylvania State Planning Board and Executive Director - Chester County Planning Commission

September 2013 FFNF

2015 USGA Women’s Open in Lancaster - Teeing Up for Success
Jerry Hostetter, Tournament General Chairman - Lancaster Country Club

August 2013 FFNF

Lancaster’s Barnstormers - Summer 2013 “Fun” Forum -  PLAY BALL !
Lisa Riggs, President

July 2013 FFNF

Interstate Hotels & Resorts and Lancaster County Convention Center Updates
Mark Moosic & Josh Nowak — Interstate Hotels & Resorts and
Kevin R. Molloy— Lancaster County Convention Center Authority

June 2013 FFNF

STEEPLE VIEW LOFTS — A Senior Living Community in the Heart of Downtown Lancaster
Larry Zook,  President and CEO and Daryl Peifer, Director of Business Development at Landis Communities

May 2013 FFNF

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument - Epicenter of Lancaster City Architecture
Gregory Scott, Partner - RLPS Architects

April 2013 FFNF

The Next 10 Years - Positioning Lancaster for Growth
Q&A Session - Post April 4th Forum Conversation with Christopher Leinberger
Land Use Strategist, Developer, Professor and Author

March 2013 FFNF

Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA) - Today, Tomorrow & In the Future
Larry Cohen, Executive Director

February 2013 FFNF

The City of Lancaster and LIVE Green
Lancaster City’s Green Infrastructure Program

January 2013 FFNF

County Board of Commissioners
KICK-OFF 2013 - ASK THE COMMISSIONERS


2012 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2012 FFNF

Downtown Residential Development - Current & Future Projects
Ed Drogaris, President & CEO - Drogaris Companies

November 2012 FFNF

Can Lancaster Avoid a “Distress” Situation Like Harrisburg?
J. Richard Gray, Mayor - City of Lancaster

October 2012 FFNF

Music for Everyone
John Gerdy, Executive Director - Music for Everyone

September 2012 FNFF

Economic Development - From the Bottom Up
Peter Greer, Hope International - President

August 2012 FNFF

School District of Lancaster (SDoL) - Changing Times in Education
Pedro Rivera, School District of Lancaster - Superintendent
Matt Przuwara, School District of Lancaster - Chief Financial and Operations Officer

July 2012 FNFF

The Lancaster Downtown Investment District (DID)
Marchall Snively, Interim President - James St. Improvement District
Randy Patterson, Director of the Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization

June 2012 FFNF

Building a Community-Based Re-Entry Management System in Lancaster County
Scott Sheely, Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board - Executive Director
Melanie Snyder, Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization

May 2012 FFNF

Cleaning Up the Bay
Michael T. LaSala, The Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee - Executive Director

April 2012 FFNF

Wallover Associates
TLC Aquatics Center - Burle Business Park

March 2012 FFNF

John Hershey, RLA - RGS Associates, Inc.
Preserving the Cultural Landscape at the Mayer-Hess Farmstead

February 2012 FFNF

Dr. Thomas Ryan, President & CEO
Lancasterhistory.org

January 2012 FFNF

County Board of Commissioners
KICK-OFF 2012 - ASK THE COMMISSIONERS


2008 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2008 FFNF

Pedro Rivera, Superintendent - School District of Lancaster
School District of Lancaster Update

November 2008 FFNF

John Hershey, Architect - Thomas Comitta & Associates
Randy Patterson, Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization - City of Lancaster
Carol McCoy, Neighborhood Assistance Unit Manager - City of Lancaster
Lancaster Neighborhoods, Part IV - The Northeast and the Southwest

October 2008 FFNF

Lisa Riggs, President - James St. Improvement District
Marshall Snively, Vice-President - James St. Improvement District
Lancaster Neighborhoods Part III

September 2008 FFNF

Gail Tomlinson, Executive Director
Stevens-Smith Historic Site

August 2008 FFNF

Melody Keim, Executive Director - East King Improvement District
Lancaster Neighborhoods - Part II

July 2008 FFNF

Jack Howell, Executive Director - The Lancaster Alliance
Lancaster Streetcar Company

June 2008 FFNF

John DeVitry, Architect
Small Ideas - Big Impact for City Living

May 2008 FFNF

Carlos Graupera and Cathy Calkins - SACA
Rev. Dan Long - Inner City Group
Lancaster Neighborhoods - The Southeast

April 2008 FFNF

David Angle, Reynolds ConstructionCompany
Mark Moosic, General Manager - Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square
Josh Nowak, Director of Sales and Marketing - Interstate Hotels
Hotel & Convention Center - Construction & Hospitality Update

March 2008 FFNF

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor - Charleston, South Carolina

February 2008 FFNF

Walter Kulash, P.E.- Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc.
Restoring Balance to Our Streets

January 2008 FFNF

Lisa Riggs, James Street Improvement District
Keith Orris, Franklin and Marshall College
James Cowhey and David Royer, Lancaster County Planning Commissions
Harrisburg Pike Corridor - Part I


2005 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2005 FFNF

Continuing the Growth and Prosperity of Downtown Lancaster - Part I


2009 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2009 FFNF

Jack Howell, Executive Director - The Lancaster Alliance
Cynthia Fuhrer, Project Manager - Housing Developement Corporation (HDC)
South Square

November 2009 FFNF

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works - City of Lancaster
Valerie Moul, Chair - Central Market Trust
Protecting Our Greatest Asset - Central Market

October 2009 FFNF

Scott Sheely, Executive Director - Lancaster Co. Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
Looking Forward to Recovery In LancasterCounty

September 2009 FFNF

The Honorable J. Richard Gray, Mayor - City of Lancaster
Progress and Opportunities - The City of Lancaster

August 2009 FFNF

Steve Risk, Risk Construction
John DeVitry, Architect
Stanley Grand, Executive Director - Lancaster Museum of Art
Art Meets RRTA - Lancaster Museum of Art & Queen Street Station

July 2009 FFNF

Let’s Talk About Design - Panel Discussion
Panelists: Mary Colleen Heil, John DeVitry, John Hershey, Ann Lampe & Phil Wenger

June 2009 FFNF

Fred Kent, President - Project for Public Spaces
Placemaking Lancaster

May 2009 FFNF

Mary Colleen Heil, President - Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Public Works Director - City of Lancaster
Kerry Sherin Wright, Director - Philadelphia Writers Alumni House at Franklin and Marshall College
Public Art Action Plan for the City of Lancaster

April 2009 FFNF

Joe Morales, Executive Director
Lancaster Community Safety Coalition

March 2009 FFNF

On-Site Group Tour of the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

February 2009 FFNF

Keith R. Sadler, M.Ed., Chief of Police - City of Lancaster
Public Safety - The Cornerstone of Downtown Revitalization

January 2009 FFNF

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Pedro Rivera, Superintendent - School District of Lancaster


2006 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2006 FFNF

James DeBord, York Counts

November 2006 FFNF

Randy Patterson, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization

October 2006 FFNF

John Ahlfed and Neil Kinsey, Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee (LIMC)
Growing Together

September 2006 FFNF

Randy Patterson, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization

August 2006 FFNF

Police Chief Sam Gatchell

July 2006 FFNF

Mitch Hoffman, Code Specialist - PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Building Codes - Making the Right Thing Easy
The New Pennsylvania Construction Code

June 2006 FFNF

MINDSHARE - An Open Discussion on Downtown Issues

May 2006 FFNF

Mary Colleen Heil, President - Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Lois Dostalik, Consultant
Joyce Heberlein, Owner - Lancaster Galleries
The Art of Downtown Revitalization

April 2006 FFNF

Mark Vergenes and Tom Matthews
Lancaster City Parking Authority

March 2006 FFNF

Development Opportunities & Obstacles

February 2006 FFNF

Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent - School District of Lancaster
Gina Brown, President - School Board of the School District of Lancaster
School District of Lancaster Fast Facts

January 2006 FFNF

Continuing the Growth and Prosperity of Downtown Lancaster - Part II


2007 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2007 FFNF

Dr. Stephen Iovino, Superintendent - School District of Lancaster
School Renovation 101

November 2007 FFNF

Mayor J. Richard Gray, City of Lancaster
Tough Choices

October 2007 FFNF

Insider Survey Findings, An Open Discussion

September 2007 FFNF

Lisa Riggs and Randy Patterson
Making Progress

August 2007 FFNF

Deb Schattgen, Phil Wenger & Doug Levering, Lancaster County Community Foundation
Making a Bigger Difference

July 2007 FFNF

Christopher Barrett, President - Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marketing the Downtown

June 2007 FFNF

Mayor J. Richard Gray, City of Lancaster
Moving Forward

May 2007 FFNF

Deidre Simmons and Aaron Young, LancasterArts.com

April 2007 FFNF

No First Friday Noontime Forum - Good Friday

March 2007 FFNF

Michael Sprunger and Phil Wenger, Lancaster Living

February 2007 FFNF

Mayor J. Richard Gray, City of Lancaster
Moving Forward on a Fast Track to Success

January 2007 FFNF

David Kilmer, Red Rose Transit


2010 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2010 FFNF

Kevin Molloy, Executive Director, LCCCA
Josh Nowak, Marriott Sales and Marketing Director
Lancaster County Convention Center Authority & Marriott Penn Square - An Update and Forecast

November 2010 FFNF

Scott Sheely, Executive Director - Lancaster Co. Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
Lancaster County Jobs and The Outlook

October 2010 FFNF

Mark B. Esterbrook, CEO
Community Action Program of Lancaster County

September 2010 FFNF

Lisa Riggs, Exectuive Director - James Street Improvement District
City of Lancaster and JSID Lancaster Redevelopment Opportunities

August 2010 FFNF

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works - City of Lancaster
John Hershey, Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc.
Lancaster’s Urban Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan

July 2010 FFNF

Scott Standish, Director for Long-Range and Heritage Planning - Lancaster County Planning Commission
Making Places, Creating Destinations

June 2010 FFNF

Thomas Ginsberg, Project Director, Philadelphia Research Initiative - Pew Charitable Trusts
The Painful Process of Balancing City’s Budgets

May 2010 FFNF

Patrick Hopkins, Director of Administrative Services - City of Lancaster
City’s Future? Show Me the Money

April 2010 FFNF

Mark Vergenes and Tom Mathews, Lancaster Parking Authority
Parking Re-Visited

March 2010 FFNF

James DeBord, Director - York Counts
An Update From Our Neighbors - York Counts

February 2010 FFNF

Tom Smithgall and John Ahlfeld, Lancaster Co. Transportation Authority Board Members
All Aboard - Amtrak Station Project

January 2010 FFNF

Board of County Commissioners
Ask the Commissioners


2011 First Friday Forum Highlights


December 2011 FFNF

The Lancaster Alliance
Advancing the City’s Future Through Corporate Commitment

November 2011 FFNF

Lancaster Community Foundation
Thinking Bigger - Changing the Conversation

October 2011 FFNF

Mayor J. Richard Gray, City of Lancaster
Municipal Finance Task Force Report - Prosper or Perish

September 2011 FFNF

John Lustig, Public Arts Director
Public Art for Lancaster

August 2011 FFNF

Sam Abadir, CEO appMOBI
Attracting Tech Companies to Lancaster

July 2011 FFNF

Lancaster County Community Foundation
THINK BIGGER

June 2011 FFNF

Herb Landau, Executive Director
Lancaster Public Library Reborn

May 2011 FFNF

Michael J. Rowen, School District of Lancaster
The School Funding Crisis

April 2011 FFNF

Mayor J. Richard Gray, City of Lancaster
A New Strategic Plan for Lancaster City Strategic Plan 2011—2013

March 2011 FFNF

James Douglas, AIA - RLPS Architects
The Delight & Diversity of Lancaster Architecture - Part 2

February 2011 FFNF

James Douglas, AIA - RLPS Architects
The Delight & Diversity of Lancaster Architecture - Part 1

January 2011 FFNF

County Board of Commissioners
ASK THE COMMISSIONERS