Rebecca A Dressler

Executive Director &

Main Street Manager

Danville Business Alliance

Rebecca Dressler joined the Danville Business Alliance as the Executive Director and Main Street Manager in July 2018. Prior to taking the helm at the Business Alliance, she spent a combined 16 years in private and public sectors in marketing, business development and financial planning. In her current role, she has oversight for all aspects of strategic planning, administration, grant programs, fundraising, event planning, marketing and community outreach.

In addition to her position with the Danville Business Alliance, Rebecca also serves on the boards and committees of several community and economic development organizations in the mid-Susquehanna Valley, including the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce Montour County Task Force and Joint Governmental Affairs Committees, the Danville Arts Council, Danville Heritage Festival, Danville Health Alliance, Geisinger Health System Advisory Council, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Downtown Affiliates' Committee.

Rebecca is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She lives in Danville, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. When she is not working, she reads, gardens, takes photos and spends time with family and friends.  

The DBA is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which partners with local businesses, government, community leaders, and residents to promote economic revitalization and reinvestment, historic and architectural preservation, better downtown housing, greater job creation, the growth of the arts, and expanding recreational assets in Danville. 

Ms. Dressler is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the DBA and guiding its future initiatives that will continue the revitalization of downtown Danville. In the past decade the DBA has played a significant role in a number of notable downtown achievements: 

  • creation of a downtown master plan, guiding downtown growth in the last decade;
  • a net growth of 50 new and expanded businesses and over 300 new jobs;
  • the establishment of the Danville Arts Council under the umbrella of the DBA;
  • more downtown events, enhancing Danville’s reputation as a regional destination;
  • establishment of increased tax and financial incentives, such as Enterprise Zone Credits, overlay of a Keystone Innovation Zone, passage of a business district tax abatement program, and creation of a Qualified Opportunity Zone;
  • national accreditation of the DBA nine years in a row by the National Main Street Center;
  • over $400,000 in streetscape improvements;
  • 30 completed façade improvement projects;
  • plans and funding for redevelopment of Canal Park, the first step toward an arts district;
  • a $1.75 million capital budget authorization for a community arts, events and conference center;
  • conversion of a quarter of vacant and underutilized downtown upper floors into market-rate apartments;
  • the benefit of nearly $1.5 million in grants for badly needed revitalization projects
  • DBA collaborations with more than 40 for profit and non-profit partners to improve the downtown business climate and attract $20 million in investment and reinvestment since 2008.