silas chamberlin, chief executive officer

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 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.

Chamberlin is the leader of all aspects of the organization’s mission, leading the charge in enhancing and encouraging 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 incoming chairman of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Standing outside the former AAA office building on East Market Street is a reminder of how many opportunities still lie ahead for Downtown York. What does the future hold for this striking, art deco building on a prominent block? Which entrepreneur will build their business here and join the more than 100 downtown business that have opened in the last few years? Which developer will see the potential to invest in new high-quality apartments to meet the demand for downtown housing? Which corporation will decide to move their headquarters here and join Sappio Sciences, Glatfelter Paper, Dentsply, Wolf Home Products, and the other thriving corporations who have made a vibrant Downtown York their home base? Someone will seize the opportunity. It’s inevitable. And Downtown Inc will be by their side.

TIMOTHY MILLER, chief operating officer

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

As COO, Tim 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.

Previously, Miller served as Deputy Director and Project Administrator at 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. 

A strong believer in downtown York’s ongoing transformation and its regional impact, Miller is proud to be a part of Downtown Inc’s efforts to keep the downtown revitalization momentum going.

With the Codorus Creek and the Heritage Rail Trail, the City of York has two assets in place that are true differentiators. Thirty-five years ago, the Trail did not exist and nobody wanted to go near the Creek, and now they are together forming a new and strengthening hub of activity. Imagine what this place can be and what it can do for our community in another thirty-five years.


Meagan Feeser, Chief Marketing&Development Officer

Meagan Feeser, Downtown Inc, York, PA

Born and raised in York, PA (and back after 10 years city-hopping up the East Coast), Feeser has a love of all things Downtown York.

As CMDO, Feeser is responsible for all Downtown branding and messaging and will oversee marketing and communications for the organization, downtown public relations and assisting Downtown districts and merchants in their marketing efforts. Feeser manages Downtown Inc events including First Fridays, Go Green in the City presented by White Rose Credit Union, Sweetest Pint, Boutique Week, the Masquerade Ball powered by Shipley Energy, Downtown Updates and the Downtown First Awards.  In addition, Feeser is also the editor of Downtown York Magazine, the triannual Downtown Destination Guide.

Springtime on Market Street with the blooming Bradford pear trees is my favorite time of year. Market Street is the lifeline through our downtown and the development happening on this main thoroughfare is a tangible example of all the great things to come to downtown York. Plus, my favorite pretzel shop happens to be here!

Debbie Bailey, Manager of Business Services

Debbie Bailey Manager of Business Services Downtown Inc Downtown York PA

Debbie has been a Downtown fixture for the past three years, volunteering at events like First Fridays, the Downtown Hoedown, the Downtown Masquerade Ball, 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.

As Manager of Business Services, Debbie 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 the business improvement district. She serves as a key point of contact and resource for Downtown York’s business community.


Jody Chesla, Office Manager

Jody Chesla, Downtown Inc, York, PA

As office manager, 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. In addition, she provides administrative support to Better York. She holds an Associates in Specialized Business in Accounting and Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University.

Prior to her 2011 start with Downtown Inc, Chesla worked as an Office Manager and Tax Preparer for H&R Block. She serves on the Board of the York Young Professionals as their President.

I wouldn’t be in York today if it weren’t for baseball. My husband and I met over a summer when our brothers played on the local team together, and 10 years later I followed him to York. Santander Stadium is now where you can find me most summer nights enjoying the game, the food, the entertainment and everything else it does for downtown York.

Adam Walters, Project administrator

Adam Walters Project Administrator, Downtown Inc, York PA

A York native, Walters has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from York College of Pennsylvania and will be receiving his Master of Public Administration Degree with certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Penn State University Harrisburg in May 2016.

Walters previously served as an Office Support Assistant at Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law. Last summer, Walters worked as Downtown Inc’s Economic Development Intern. During his internship, Walters facilitated a comprehensive Downtown Streetscape Inventory, evaluating the safety and walkability of our downtown, yielding almost 900 data points.

The Project Administrator position oversee the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative: 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.   

The opportunity to take in my favorite view of York City is also a chance to reflect on one of the City’s most promising development sites. The success of the Northwest Triangle will ultimately be a triumph of community collaboration, bringing together public and private efforts to create a truly dynamic space.

Stacy McClain, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Stacy McClain Downtown Inc York PA

McClain most recently 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 holds a Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute of York.

As Marketing and Events Coordinator, McClain provides support to all community events and promotions managed by Downtown Inc, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, Sweetest Pint 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. 

With it’s vibrant murals full of color and creativity, and the unique mix of flowers and plants that are bursting with life, the Royal Square Garden is a perfect example of a few of my favorite things about Downtown York.