Downtown Inc To Present Downtown First Awards


YORK, PA – Downtown Inc will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a difference in Downtown York through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources during the 19th Annual Downtown First Awards Sponsored by The Glatfelter Agency.

This year’s Downtown First Awards will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at Logos Academy, 250 W. King St., York, Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $25 and are still available at

“Every year, this event shows that Downtown York is filled with boundless energy and wide-open with possibilities. It’s a place where creative thinkers and changemakers of all kinds thrive. It’s where good ideas can become great achievements,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “The Downtown First Awards give us a chance to pause and reflect on everything that has been accomplished over the past year. It gives us the chance to thank our community for not only its commitment to building a thriving downtown for everyone, but for putting plans into action to make it happen.”

Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO of Community First Fund since 1999, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. He has more than 25 years of experience in small business and community economic development lending. Under his leadership, Community First Fund has grown into a regional Community Development Financial Institution that has more than $135 million under management.

Community First Fund has positively impacted several major projects in Downtown York, including the revitalization of several prominent Market Street properties, an expansion of a thriving charter school and many others.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration, with the awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. A reception with hors d'oeuvres, as well as complimentary wine and beer, will follow.

The Downtown First Awards will honor individuals, business and organizations in eight categories. Winners are announced during the Downtown First Awards. This year’s nominees are:

Outstanding Large Business – Presented by Susquehanna Real Estate

  • CORE Design Group

  • Sapio Sciences

  • Warehaus

  • York Traditions Bank

Outstanding Small Business – Presented by Stock and Leader

  • GRIT Marketing Group

  • Kocotek

  • McCallister and Myers

  • The Evergreen Valley Group - Morgan Stanley

Outstanding New Business/Merchant – Presented by the York City Independent Restaurant Association

  • 3 Hogs BBQ at Central Market

  • Aurora's Bakery

  • CBBC City

  • Fig & Barrel

  • Gift Horse Brewing Company

  • Kaletta's

  • Klassy Kidz Hair Salon

  • Old Forge Brewery

Outstanding Merchant – Presented by CGA Law Firm

  • Collusion Tap Works

  • Gusa By Victoria

  • LettUsKnow

  • Mi Caldero Restaurant

  • Molly’s Courtyard Café

  • Molly's Follies

  • My Girlfriend's Wardrobe

  • Paco's Tacos

  • Pepper’s Grille

  • The York Emporium

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization – Presented by the York Revolution

  • Give Local York

  • Latinos Unidos

  • Martin Library

  • The Appell Center for the Performing Arts

  • The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • York Young Professionals

  • York XL

Better York Appell Beautification Award – Presented by Better York

  • I-ron-ic ²

  • Ron Boyd

  • The City of York/Richard Craighead

  • The Rotary Club of York and its Preserve Planet Earth Committee

  • The York County Community Foundation

  • York Traditions Bank

  • York XL

Outstanding Individual within an Organization or Business – Presented by PeoplesBank

  • Matthew Carey

  • April Collier

  • Sal Galdamez

  • Paula Gilbert

  • Victoria Kageni-Woodard

  • Alexandria Hammond Keener

  • Adam Nugent

  • Lou Rivera

  • Ruth Robbins

  • Jose Santiago

  • Kelly Summerford

  • Sarah Thomas

  • Jessica Weikert

  • Natalie Williams

Outstanding Volunteer – Presented by C.S. Davidson, Inc.

  • The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #213

  • Terry "Dutchie" Downs

  • Anne Gray

  • Douglas “D.K.” Knight

  • Corey Wolfe

  • Sarah Van Vleet


An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. for more information.


Andrew Staub
Marketing & Communications Director
Downtown Inc