Silas Chamberlin CEO Downtown Inc Downtown York Pa

Chamberlin has served as CEO of Downtown Inc since October 2016.  After growing up in York County, he spent 15 years living and working in Philadelphia and Allentown. Prior to returning to York, Chamberlin served as executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, an organization promoting economic revitalization in five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania. He also held leadership positions in the non-profit sector and state government.  Throughout his career, Chamberlin has focused on helping communities leverage their unique assets to create opportunities for economic development and a higher-quality of life.   

Chamberlin is the leader of all aspects of Downtown Inc’s mission, leading the charge to drive, enhance, and encourage investment in York’s central business district. Chamberlin's core responsibilities include:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Community Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Economic Development

Chamberlin serves on the boards of Better York, YorkCounts, and the Partnership for Economic Development of York County.  He also serves on a statewide level as chairman of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chamberlin holds a PhD in Environmental History from Lehigh University and is a nationally-recognized authority on all aspects of trail development, a topic on which he has spoken and written widely.  His book, On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press), is the first national history of America’s hiking community and trails movement.


Tim Miller, Acting Executive Director, Downtown Inc, York PA

Miller has served as COO since October 2016. Previously, Miller served as Deputy Director and Project Administrator for Downtown Inc, overseeing the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative. Moving Plans into Action is a collaborative approach to achieving long-held community goals in the heart of York’s downtown. Prior to the arrival of the Moving Plans into Action initiative at Downtown Inc, Miller provided support to the initiative for three years as a specialist in community information and coordination at the York College Center for Community Engagement, and later as an independent contractor.  He has also provided support to the YorkCounts initiative of the York County Community Foundation, acting as a consultant to the YorkCounts Indicators Committee and producing all data and research used in the YorkCounts 2012 Indicators Report, a collection of York County quality-of-life measurements which are used to inform community decision-making. 

Miller supports the organization’s efforts with community partners and mission-similar entities, organizational strategy and community positioning. Miller oversees the enhancement of all downtown public spaces including the Heritage Rail Trail, parks and Codorus Creek, implementing the objectives of the Downtown Inc Public Safety committee, working with property owners and developers to enhance facades and public areas, the installation of street amenities such as public art and banners and comprehensive improvements to the Central Business District physical environment, including the Downtown Inc Clean-Up Crew and floral plantings.

Miller serves on the board for Keystone Kidspace. He also serves on the York County Rail Trail Authority Planning Committee and the York City Transportation Task Force.

Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola College.


Debbie Bailey Manager of Business Services Downtown Inc Downtown York PA

Bailey has served as Manager of Business Services since April 2017. Bailey has been a Downtown fixture for the past three years, volunteering at events like First Fridays, the Downtown Hoedown, Kable House Presents, Oktoberfest York, Restaurant Week York, and more. Her support of Downtown York has earned her a peer-nomination as a Downtown First Awards Outstanding Volunteer two years in a row.

Bailey oversees the organization’s day-to-day business recruitment, retention and expansion strategy, with an emphasis on providing technical assistance and support to existing businesses within York's central business district. She serves as a key point of contact and resource for Downtown York’s business community.

 

 


Jody Chesla, Downtown Inc, York, PA

Chesla has served as Office Manager since January 2014. Previously, Chesla served as the organization's bookkeeper.

Chesla provides staff support, maintains the database listings for Main Street York, Inc. and the York Business Improvement District Authority, and oversees day to day operations of the office. She serves as the staff liaison to Downtown Inc's Development and Finance committees. In addition, she provides administrative support to Better York.

Chesla will advise the Board of the York Young Professionals as Past President for 2018. She is also a member of Leadership York's LTP Class of 2018.

Chesla holds an A.S.B. in both Accounting and Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College, and a B.S. in Technical Management from DeVry University.


Rooney has served as Project Administrator since August 2017. A York native and Red Lion Area Senior High School graduate, Rooney is also an alumni of Leadership York’s Future Leaders of York program. Prior to his start at Downtown Inc, Rooney held internships with Representative Kevin Schreiber, Senator Robert Casey, and several Lancaster non-profits, where he worked on a range of transportation, community, and economic development projects.

Rooney oversees the projects and programs relating to the Urban Landscape of Downtown York: efforts to improve the overall economic health of the City of York through enhancements to Continental Square, the Heritage Rail Trail, the Codorus Creek, and downtown housing and placemaking, as well as managing the Downtown Clean-Up Crew.  

Rooney is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in government and minored in environmental studies.

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Stacy McClain Downtown Inc York PA

McClain has served as Marketing & Events Coordinator since January 2017. Prior to her start at Downtown Inc, McClain served as Programs Director for The Parliament Arts Organization, managing special events like the Holiday Art Market, Summer Art Market, Spring Forward and Decked Out. She was also a Graphic Design Intern for the York City Department of Economic and Community Development.

McClain provides support to all community events and promotions managed by Downtown Inc, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, Sweetest Pint, Walking Tours and York City Boutique Week. In addition, McClain oversees marketing and communications for the organization, including the triannual Downtown York Magazine, regular e-newsletters, social media accounts and DowntownYorkPa.com. 

McClain holds a B.S. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of York.