Downtown Inc (York Business Improvement District Authority)


Downtown Inc is a community organization working to facilitate leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and promotion of downtown initiatives in order to improve the overall physical appearance of downtown York, increase foot traffic throughout the downtown district, and communicate to the community at large the positive activities taking place in downtown York. Downtown Inc coordinates programming within the downtown, such as First Friday events, walking tours and downtown orientations, merchant open house events, and beautification projects. Downtown Inc oversees York’s Main Street program, which operates as a nonprofit organization. The comprehensive Main Street approach is based on four points proven to produce fundamental change: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion.

Downtown Inc also oversees the York’s Business Improvement District Authority. A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographical area in which property owners choose to be assessed a fee by the Authority to fund business-related activities and improvements that will benefit the district as a whole. In York’s BID, property owners are assessed at a rate of .001% of their property value and the funds are used to support Downtown Inc’s mission to champion the downtown experience.

Municipal Authorities Act of 1945, as amended by Act 110 of 2001 passed 12/17/01 (SB1215) regulates that each member shall be a taxpayer in, maintain a business in, or be a resident of the municipality in which the Authority is organized.

The Mayor appoints the 11 members to 5 year terms with Council’s consent.

Second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
*Stock & Leader Board Room
221 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA
*NOTICE: Meetings are currently being held via Zoom until further notice.  You may click this link to join:

Notice is hereby given that the York Business Improvement District Authority will hold its remaining 2021 monthly board meetings both in-person and virtually via Zoom, on the 2nd Wednesday of October and December at 7:30 a.m.

For participation via phone: +1-929-205-6099. Meeting ID 865 0265 5220.

For participation in person: Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law, 221 West Philadelphia St., Suite 600, York, PA 17401.

Public comments submitted in advance related to action before the Authority will be heard during the meeting.

If you wish to participate via Zoom, or if you experience difficulty connecting to the meeting call 717-968-4307.

The above meetings will be held for the purpose of passing resolutions and such other business as may come before the Authority.

Please visit Downtown Inc for more information.


Julian H. Tolbert, CHAIR
Term expires: 1/1/2025

Kate E. Hynes, VICE CHAIR
Term expires: 1/1/2023

Aneury Perez, TREASURER
Term expires: 1/1/2023

Joanne Wilmore, SECRETARY
Term expires: 1/1/2025

Mandy Arnold
Term expires: 1/1/2023

Carlos Garcia
Term expires: 1/1/2023

John Klinedinst
Term expires: 1/1/2025

R. Eric Menzer
Term expires: 1/1//2022

Brian P. Strong
Term expires: 1/1/2022

Cindy Steele
Term expires: 1/1/2023

Allison Witherow
Term expires: 1/1/2026

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