A message from SRI President, Jeb Stotter

As we move into 2019 I’d like to share some highlights from 2018 as well as our vision for the coming year(s).

2018 saw the opening of Eclipse Craft Brewing, winner of the 2016 Biz Pitch competition, the debut of the renovated Garden Level at The Albright Center for the Arts, the introduction of the Sunbury Sandwich Stroll and luncheons, mixers and expanded perks for SRI members.  We were also thrilled to include a free veteran and first responder breakfast as part of our Hometown Hero banner ceremony and to announce a new grant program for small business in Sunbury, the Small Business Assistance Award.

Additionally, we continued the traditions of hanging flower baskets to beautify Downtown Sunbury, providing free family friendly events & entertainment to the community, including Sunbury River Festival, Movies on the River and Late Night Shoppers, as well as sprucing up business windows with holiday themed paintings courtesy of The Hill Neighborhood.

From a fundraising standpoint, we had our most successful Sunbury River Festival and Brews on Lake Augusta events in many years.  Not only did these two events raise more money in 2018 than in previous years, they were also very successful with regard to satisfaction of those in attendance…a success on both sides! 

Our vision for 2019 and beyond is lofty, but we are confident that by working together, with a unified vision, clear purpose, and open communication we will bring it into reality.

We are working to secure a permanent home, and with it stability and sustainability, for SRI in Downtown Sunbury. 

We will continue to develop our existing events and programs, ensuring that they meet the changing needs of the community for recreation, business and development.

We will pursue state funding for façade renovations to assist property and business owners with much needed funds for repairs, renovations and updates to their buildings.

We also have a few projects in the works within our SPARC (Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Coalition) and Business and Economic Development committees that will help beautify the City and offer more opportunity for neighbors to connect in their communities.

We look forward to continuing to serve the community of Sunbury.

~ Jeb Stotter

LATE NIGHT SHOPPERS SUCCESS; NEW YEARS EVE UPDATE

Today Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc.(SRI) announced winners of the December 6th Late Night Shoppers drawings. SRI Executive Director, Sierra Woodling, said, “The event was a huge success.” An estimated 1,000 shoppers, visitors, and children patronized dozens of stores in Sunbury, which stayed open late for the event.

Matt Catrillo, a Sunbury resident and News Director for WKOK stated, “Most downtown parking spaces were taken, and that was a pleasant surprise. I couldn’t believe it – the downtown was packed. It was wonderful to see that.”

SRI promoted the late night shoppers event on social media, newspaper, and radio, and hoped that the renewed effort to pack the downtown would work. “We offered free carriage rides and held a drawing for some wonderful prizes for visitors who spent time at participating shops,” said Woodling. Several business owners commented that this was the busiest night of the year for them, which represents great success by any standard.

Photo credit: Fully Exposed Photography

Prizes won during Late Shoppers Night drawing included:
Coles $25 Gift Card
Eclipse Craft Brewing Free Growler
Frank & Mellies $10 Gift Certificate
Independently Made Boutique & Art Studio Free Adult Paint Class
Jasmine Aire Boutique $50 Gift Certificate
Knuckles & Needles Tattoo $50 Gift Certificate
Little Addy’s Café Gift Basket
Old Time Traditions Gift Basket
Sports Zone Toys & Comics Floor Mat, Basketball Poster and Paw Patrol Toy Sunbury Motors Free Oil Change
The Dip In $20 Gift Certificate
The Edison Restaurant $25 Gift Card
The Market House hand woven wool rug by Wanda
The Salvation Army Family Store $15 Gift Certificate
The Squeeze In $20 Gift Certificate
Tony’s Custom Tailor Shop discounted Tuxedo Rental
Weis Markets $25 Gift Card
Bradyn’s Bargains gift
50/50 winnings of $67.50

While SRI and the City of Sunbury are happy with the success of this year’s Late Night Shoppers event, they regret that there will not be a New Year’s Eve celebration held in the downtown this year. SRI was hoping for volunteers to spearhead a New Year’s Eve event, but it did not have that good fortune this year. The SRI Board would like to bring back the New Year’s Eve celebration in the future, but volunteers and business participation are needed to make that happen.

SRI Board Member Chris Reis said, “Sunbury’s Revitalization Inc. appreciates the inquiries into the New Year’s Eve event. We encourage residents and visitors to continue to support our local establishments. Many Sunbury businesses will still be open on New Year’s Eve and we encourage residents and those coming to Sunbury to check with your favorite New Year’s destination to see what kind of events or specials they will offer that night. We hope everyone has a great holiday season and a happy new year.”

Late Night Shoppers and New Year’s Eve are just two of SRI’s events and programs, all organized by volunteers and with a majority of funding coming from private donations. Other events and programs include Movies on the River, Hometown Hero Banners, Downtown Flower Baskets,Small Business Assistance Awards, Sunbury Sandwich Stroll, Downtown Window Painting, various Hill Neighborhood events, Sunbury River Festival, Car Cruise-In, Valley’s Got Talent, Brews on Lake Augusta and the Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Coalition, aka SPARC.

Should you have questions about any of SRI’s events or programs, or wish to volunteer, please visit the SRI website(www.sunburyrevitalization.com), call or stop by the SRI office located at 353 Market Street, Sunbury.

UPMC Expansion and Hill Neighborhood Council Relocation

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A Statement from Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. President, Jeb Stotter

“For the past five years, we have appreciated Sunbury Community Hospital’s, and now UPMC’s, donation of the use of the Line Street house (“House”) to the Hill Neighborhood Council. We could not accomplish everything we do without this donation.

Change is generally not easy. The Hill Neighborhood started in the House, where it has enjoyed being able to rent the second story to help offset costs to maintain the House and fund/sustain events of the organization. The House has been home to the Council. It will take some time to settle into the new location offered by UPMC, but we are grateful for UPMC’s continued support of the Hill Neighborhood community and Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. Very few organizations have made the kind of commitment to the community that UPMC has made.

We value UPMC’s efforts to provide and expand quality medical care and services in the region. We understand that expansion, renovations, and improvements of the facility are part of this effort. We look forward to working with UPMC and seeing the great things they will do as a community partner.”

From the Hill Neighborhood Council

“Sunbury Hill Neighborhood would like to thank UPMC Susquehanna for offering us a new location to hold our meetings and to continue our good works with the community. We know that UPMC Susquehanna is a great benefit to our city and excited to see what’s to come. They have been very supportive of the HIll Neighborhood and we look forward to working with them in the future.
Our new office is located behind the hospital at the end of the Kiwanias Playground. We are on the second floor, and our entrance is behind the building. We do not have office hours at this time, you can reach us on Facebook, sunburyhillneighborhood@gmail.com or our office number 570-259-9136.”

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Get Ready for the Hill Neighborhood Holiday Window Painting!

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The Sunbury Hill Neighborhood is bringing some holiday cheer to the downtown area! Local artists, teachers, students and families will be joining together to paint the windows of downtown businesses with holiday themes, starting the week of November 11th. All windows will be completed by November 23rd for the Sunbury Holiday Parade!

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If you own or operate a downtown business and would like to participate, please contact the Sunbury Hill Neighborhood by November 10th. Click here for more information.

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Welcome the 2019 Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. Board of Directors

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In accordance with our October 2018 Membership Meeting & Annual Election, nominees Katrina Mouery, Slade Shreck, Melissa Shaffer and Derek Wolfgang have been elected to serve on the Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2019 is as follows:

President: Jeb Stotter
Vice President: Aimee Buehner
Secretary: Melissa Rowse
Treasurer: Chris Reis

General Members:
Barbara Aucker
Cory Fasold
David Klacik
Katrina Mouery
Melissa Shaffer
Slade Shreck
Christi Stahl
Derek Wolfgang
Bethanne Zeigler

The SRI community would like to extend a big “THANK YOU” to exiting Board Members Bill Geise, Matt Hamilton, Laurie Johnson and Bonnie McDowell.

To our new, existing and exiting Board Members, we appreciate your commitment, service and dedication to the community.

 

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SRI’s Business & Economic Development Committee Co-Chairs, Derek Wolfgang and Aimee Buehner, announce new grant program for small businesses in Sunbury

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Introducing the new Small Business Assistance Award

Over the past few years, Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc.’s Business and Economic Development committee has placed an emphasis on supporting new business through the annual Biz Pitch Competition.  “This year, we wanted to create a new program that supports and encourages all small business in Sunbury”, said Derek Wolfgang, co-chair of the committee.  “We are happy to announce the new Small Business Assistance Award, designed to assist start-up, new or existing small businesses within Sunbury, PA 17801.”

Applications for 2019 awards are accepted from September 30 – December 30, 2019.  Small businesses may be awarded up to $1,000 in monetary contribution and/or in-kind services for the project/program for which they are applying. Applications are evaluated based on the businesses needs for further growth, improvement, economic impact and alignment with Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. mission and values.  Emphasis will be placed on the significant impact the program / project will have on the small business.

Applications must be submitted within the established time frame for internal review by a panel of members from Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc.’s Business and Economic Development Committee.  Winners will be announced at an official awards ceremony early next year (dates and times to be determined).

Visit Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. for more information regarding the application process and program.

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You may download the application HERE

There will be informational sessions at the SRI office (450 Chestnut Street [Inside The Albright Center For The Arts]) on Monday, October 15 and Monday, November 19 at 2:00PM.  If you have questions about the application requirements, or would like help completing the application, please plan to attend one of these sessions.

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