Danville Business Alliance

The Danville Business Alliance (DBA) is the community’s convener of public and private sector resources, experts, and entrepreneurs intent on making downtown Danville a livable and vibrant district.

The DBA was organized by local business owners to promote reinvestment in downtown Danville. Core to DBA’s mission is the preservation of Danville’s historical and architectural assets, as well as the promotion of arts and culture that enrich the community. The DBA enhances the business environment by securing tax credits and grant funds, beautifying the streetscape, sponsoring festivals and street fairs, and suggesting modifications to local laws and code that make Danville the best possible place to live and run a business.

 

History

The Danville Business Alliance (DBA) is a member-based organization originally incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Tomorrow’s Vision, Inc. in 2001. In 2004 it changed its name to the Danville Business Alliance (DBA), and in 2006 the Internal Revenue Service determined it was a tax exempt organization under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In 2007 Danville Borough was certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as a Main Street community, and in 2008 the DBA was designated as the organization to implement the Main Street Program in Danville under a five-year grant program funded by the DCED. The Main Street designation was renewed in 2017.

 

Membership

There's no better way to show your commitment to the community where you live and work than to join the Danville Business Alliance. Membership is open to businesses, organizations, and individuals who wish to participate in Danville's renaissance.

Our annual membership dues are designed to deliver value that far exceeds your investment. Most importantly, membership gives you a say in the community’s priorities and will ensure your voice is heard. There is strength in numbers. By joining the DBA, you will help shape the overall direction of Danville’s business environment. Additional benefits in the form of discounts and recognition opportunities increase with the level of membership you select. 

Explore the membership directory or learn more about membership.

 

 

Board of Directors

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Officers

President
Robert Dressler^~#
Pub II & Mayberry Hospitality

Vice President
Ted Strosser*^
Strosser Architecture and Conservation, Inc.

Treasurer
Judy Spiegel^
Mirror Image Fashions

Secretary
Brian Wiktor
M-C Financial Credit Union

Board of Directors

Chris Benjamin^
FNB Bank, NA

Timothy Karr
Villager Realty

Tom Forrestal#
Merck Cherokee

Francis Moyer*
Danville Area United Way

Jay Reed*~
Service 1st Federal Credit Union

John Rodman*^
Attorney at Law

Catherine Caldwell
Geisinger Health System

Jamie Shrawder
Borough of Danville

*Design Committee 
^Economic Restructuring Committee
+Promotions Committee

#Membership Committee
~Nominating Committee 

Committees 

Volunteers perform much of the work done by the Danville Business Alliance. Employees of DBA member companies are welcome to serve on one of three committees:

Design Committee

Focused on beautifying downtown Danville, the Design Committee spearheads major art projects such as the creation in recent years of four public murals. The committee also reviews applications from Mill Street business owners seeking matching grant funds for their façade renovations.  On the horizon for this committee is the opportunity to further make a mark on the aesthetics of Danville as it advances initiatives under consideration, including new parks, enhanced landscaping, and an urban tree planting project.

Economic Restructuring Committee

With an eye toward bolstering Danville’s commercial activities, the Economic Restructuring Committee (ERC) supports new developments, catalytic projects, and entrepreneurs seeking to open or relocate a business in Danville.

The committee recently spearheaded a study that identified a market for upscale housing options in Danville’s downtown district. As a result, a quarter of available space has been converted into urban-loft-style units, and more conversions are underway that will further add to the 24-hour vibrancy of the core business district.

The ERC is also actively studying the rehabilitation of the former Capitol Theater and the creation of a community arts center. This multi-year, multi-million dollar project would bring more foot traffic to Mill Street and would add to the quality of life for all residents of the region.

Promotions Committee

The high-quality events produced by the DBA are managed by the Promotions Committee. The members of this committee plan five major events a year: Winter Wine in the Pines, Spring Fling, Wine in the Pines, Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Holiday Shopping Event. The committee selects vendors and entertainment, markets and advertises, and ensures the success of these Danville traditions. 

Membership Committee

Ensuring members take full advantage of their membership benefits and sponsorship opportunities are the main responsibilities of the Membership Committee. The committee is also creatively uncovering new opportunities to facilitate dialog with members and to meet members' evolving needs.

DBA welcomes non-board member volunteers on every committee except the Executive Committee. Members of the Nominating Committee and Executive Committee are elected according to the DBA by-laws. Contact us about volunteering on a committee.

 

Staff

James D. Wilson
Executive Director
Main Street Manager
(570) 284-4503
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Rebecca Dressler
Executive Assistant
(570) 284-4502
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Contact

Danville Business Alliance
620 Mill Street
Danville, Pennsylvania 17821
(570) 284-4502
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Office hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.