Carlisle Pennsylvania – Information

Carlisle Pennsylvania – Information

Here is a quick list of information and resources for Carlisle. You can also find more by searching (using the search box at the top of the page).

Official Borough Sources
Carlisle Police : 717-243-5252
Carlisle Borough
Carlisle School District

Utilities
Electric: PP&L
Natural Gas: UGI
Water/Sewer: Contact the Borough (link above)
Telephone: Embarq

Organizations
Carlisle Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Carlisle Association

Dickinson College
Penn State Dickinson School of Law

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IntegrityWorks Coaching

IntegrityWorks Coaching is a values-driven consulting company focused on planned and purposeful growth for individuals, teams and organizations, with a specific emphasis on sales training, sales and leader coaching, and outsourced sales management. The focus of our professional services is driven first by the development of people; followed by the creation and commitment to proven processes; leading to enhanced, lasting and measurable productivity; and finally resulting in profitable growth for individuals, teams and organizations.

14 Downing Street
Carlisle PA 17013
717-226-4306

Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church

Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church

We are an enthusiastic United Methodist congregation living out Jesus’ commands to love another as He has loved us and to make disciples of Him.

We offer a wide variety of ministries including Little Lambs Day Care Center, Tweener and Youth Groups, Cub Scout Pack 168 and Boy Scout Troop 168, Sunday School for all ages, purposeful worship services, Bible Studies, Community outreach opportunities and seniors ministries.

Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church
2135 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17015
717-249-6879

Carlisle Regional Medical Center

Carlisle Regional Medical Center is a complete healthcare resource center committed to the delivery of consistent quality services in a fiscally responsible manner that meets the needs of patients, physicians, employees, and our community. We further commit to maintain an environment that encourages individual development, teamwork, and pride.

366 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 243-1900

Midway Bowling and Skating Center

Midway Bowling and Skating Center is a unique family entertainment complex.   Both are located on the same property and families can move between both centers to have an affordable day of fun.  With plenty of food offerings, no one goes hungry during their family outing.  Dinosaur ramps and bumpers are available at the Bowling Center so younger children can have tons of fun, too!

The Bowling Center’s Sparetime Lounge offers parents a relaxing atmosphere where they can enjoy food and adult beverages while their children bowl and skate.  There are affordable party packages for all ages that will make birthdays, anniversaries and reunions a BLAST!  (We clean up the mess!)  Businesses enjoy planning events around holidays or simply to reward employees for achieving budget goals or to create a team-building or morale boosting activity.

You can find out about current events and specials on the website.

1561 Holly Pike
Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 249-1222 and (717) 243-7829

Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast

As the only B&B in the Carlisle Downtown Historic District, and voted “Best of Carlisle Area” 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, we offer the very best in amenities, in the elegance of a home in its present form since 1826.

In-room telephones with free domestic local and long-distance calling, broadband Internet both wired and wireless, fine English teas and an international-themed quiche breakfast are all inclusive of the nightly rate.

Business guests will appreciate the high-speed Internet, fax and copying facilities. Leave your car in our off-street parking and walk to the Carlisle Fairgrounds, Dickinson College and Law School, the Cumberland County Historical Society, the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center and some of the best restaurants, shops and antiques in South Central Pennsylvania.

148 S Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 249-0350

Good Shepherd Community UM Church

Good Shepherd Church – making your community our community for over 100 years.
We have been serving the Carlisle area from the corner of Ritner Highway and McCallister Church Road for many generations. In fact, great-grandpap may have even gone to school at the McCallister One Room Schoolhouse that stood on our property for many years.
We are a mix of rural and suburban; traditional and contemporary; old and young, but we have one thing in common… sharing the love and peace of God with the communities we serve.

2135 Ritner Hwy
Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 249-6879

The Marketing of Carlisle : Part II

by Charlie Andrews

Some History

In the 1970’s the only efforts to market Carlisle were by the merchants themselves. For many years they met once a month for a breakfast meeting at the old Bellaire House Restaurant, first as the Central Carlisle Business Association then as the Downtown Business Association. Essentially, the marketing efforts were of group advertising in the local newspapers and radio, holiday specials, and a one big annual event, “Sidewalk Sales” in July. The effect of two malls on the edges of Carlisle had already wrought dramatic change in the downtown (and in downtowns across America). Stores like Montgomery Wards, Penney’s, The Bon-Ton, Wengers, etc., moved to the malls. The downtown still had a lot to offer in its owner-operated stores and restaurants within a beautiful and historic downtown setting.

It was obvious, however, that marketing efforts needed to be increased to attract new businesses and people. We needed a person who was paid to work on these efforts constantly and consistently, rather than relying on volunteer merchants who already had a lot to do just running their businesses.

In 1980, the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of then president Len Doran, proposed the formation of an organization and the hiring of an individual whose job would be to coordinate existing marketing efforts and develop new ones. They would create new opportunities to celebrate Carlisle and bring outside people to the downtown. There would be a board of directors with regular meetings, and various committees would be developed for events, beautification of the downtown, economic development, membership, etc. Initially, the Chamber of Commerce and the Borough each contributed money toward a matching grant from the state’s Department of Community Affairs (today called the Department of Community and Economic Development). The grant was made for each of three years, and after that the state grant ended. Local businesses and industries were also solicited and donated over $25,000. The idea was that after the grant ended, Carlisle would see the benefits of the program and continue to support it.

In Carlisle’s case, we did, but a number of communities across Pennsylvania didn’t. Many essentially lost their downtowns as far as economic effectiveness or meaning to their communities. Carlisle’s program, started in 1981, was initially called the Carlisle Economic Development Center. Today it is called the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA).

Since its formation, the DCA has continued to develop group advertising ideas, new events (Octubafest, Street Hoops, Corvette Parade, etc.), financial assistance programs for facades and signage, and new marketing tools in the form of a Carlisle brochure and video, etc. Originally the goal was to draw people from the surrounding local areas to Carlisle. As the years have gone on though, it has became apparent that for Carlisle to really thrive and prosper, we need to draw people to Carlisle from out of the area, i.e. Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, northern Virginia, etc. At the same time, we also need to attract competent merchants to the downtown.

Other, positive developments in the downtown have been the Carlisle Theater, the downtown hotel, and the parking garage as well as the Carlisle Arts Learning Center and the expansion of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Additionally, we are seeing the redevelopment of the old Woolworth’s building and the fire ravaged properties on the corner of High and Pitt Streets.

From the DCA’s beginning in 1981 and into the 1990’s, Carlisle had turned its downtown around and improved it significantly.

Go to Part III

The Marketing of Carlisle : Part VI

by Charlie Andrews

Some Possible Future Enterprises?

Historical
• “The Shelling of Carlisle” Reenactment of the shelling of Carlisle by Jeb Stuart’s troops. This could be developed into festival celebrating Carlisle’s historic part in the Civil War. The festival could take place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and also be developed as a Civil War re-enactors festival (vendors selling uniforms, paraphernalia, workshops, etc.). A festival should be at least a weekend long, and, of course, one of the highlights would be the reenactment of the shelling. The theater could be involved in showing a relevant film such as “Gettysburg.”

• “Washington at Carlisle” A review of the troops, reenacting George Washington’s coming to Carlisle on the way to western Pennsylvania to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. Again, this could be developed into a festival similar to the one above, only now with a revolutionary theme.

• Revolutionary War Walking Tour: Molly Pitcher, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, spies, and signers of the Declaration of Independence, etc. Historical movies with lecture/discussion afterward. Hotel package with period dinners and Patriot’s Ball, coordinated with the Cumberland County Historical Society and the Carlisle Theater.

The Carlisle Theater
• Theater/Hotel packages – Collaboration between the theater and hotel to coordinate show and movie packages. Object of bringing people and bus groups in for overnight or weekend stays. For example: Arrive Friday at hotel, performance/movie at theater. Saturday seminars/lectures at hotel and theater, gala dinner then show and theater. Sunday brunch, wrap-up and depart. Some packages might be: film festivals (Charlie Chaplin, Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, animation, foreign film, etc.), live shows (Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, one-act play competition, etc.), music (jazz/blues series, acoustic guitar workshop and festival, violin makers festival, etc.)

• An Evening of Jazz at the Carlisle – Blitz Dinette, Steve Rudolph, Jimmy Woods. One of these local groups, even though popular, could not fill the theater, but the three groups featured the same evening would combine their following to fill the theater.

Art & Crafts
Transform the current fall arts and crafts festival into a three-day, juried arts festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A committee of local arts professionals would be enlisted to help reformat the festival into a noteworthy event whose increased revenues could seriously underwrite our marketing office/efforts.

For an example, I would cite the “Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival” in Charles Town, West Virginia. This show is put on by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. According to their Executive Director, the revenues from this show account for significantly more than 50% of the total budget for that Chamber office. This show runs from Friday through Sunday, from 10 to 6 p.m.

What helps to draw outstanding artists and crafters to this event is the outstanding treatment that they receive by the people who put on the event. For example: electrical power is provided to any vendor who needs it. What helps to draw incredible crowds to this show is the serious commitment of advertising and marketing that is put into it. The budget for the show is typically $180,000.00. The revenues from the show are typically $250,000.00. On top of this, they do the show twice a year, in June and September.

In discussing this idea with some people, I was asked if I felt the area needed another arts and crafts show. The answer to this is that there is always room for someone doing it right.

Go to Part VII

Thus Saith the Lord

A ministry encouraging everyone to study their Bibles for a ‘Thus Saith the Lord’. 1. We are not a church nor are we trying to replace the church. We encourage regular church attendance (based upon Hebrews 10:25). 2. We are not a following but we encourage people to properly follow every word of God (based upon Matthew 4:4). 3. We are an international, non-profit, personal ministry team.

700 Clay Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-249-8785