Natives of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have seen our area blossom in recent years. This is largely due to the Lancaster Economic Development Action Agenda (LDR Plan), which is an outline of strategies and agendas compiled in an effort to stimulate much-needed economic growth.

Lancaster has always been home to local gems. The key was expanding on those existing opportunities, utilizing land wisely and making Lancaster County a destination for anyone looking for something new and exciting in Pennsylvania (while still preserving the local charm, of course). Our county is home to both urban and rural areas, each of which has unique needs. The area is also rich in history, giving Lancaster County a story that no other area can mimic.

The New York Post described Lancaster City as a mini-Brooklyn. This is because our quaint area has grabbed the attention of big names from all around the world. Food enthusiasts come for the authentic cuisine, artists love the vibrant arts community, and musicians are drawn to the developing entertainment venues. Additionally, Franklin & Marshall College is home to a large percentage of international students, many from China and India.

Our area has hosted a plethora of celebrity guests, proving that our county is truly on the map. Most recently, Ariana Grande was spotted at the Whole Foods and Target in Lancaster. Katy Perry toured the Amish Farm & House in 2017, taking a break from rehearsals at Rock Lititz. Alton Brown of “Good Eats” dined at Luca in Lancaster City, praising the salad. Even Martha Stewart made a visit, stopping at Scratch Bakes in Ephrata for lunch. As a huge honor, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, called Lancaster the “refugee capital of America” at the 2017 Church World Service Lancaster’s Community Appreciation Breakfast.

The LDR Plan was released in 1998. Over twenty years later, we are poised to continue growing. The majority efforts for the plan were focused in Central Lancaster County, but areas like Elizabethtown, Manheim, Lititz, Ephrata, Columbia, Marietta and Leola have also been boosted economically.

Our Oak Tree Development project, 48 on the Park, is just one piece of Lancaster County’s recent economic boom. With a hotel, luxury condos, a food hall and more, we’re excited to bring something different to the Lititz area. There’s no doubt that our county will continue to grow and prosper, and we’re very excited to be a part of that.