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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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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

CrossFit Perserverance

CrossFit Perserverance

We are not just another Globo gym, here we are a family.  You will not only get support from our knowledgeable and experienced coaches but more importantly you will get support from all of the friends you will make.  We use functional exercises to obtain the greatest results possible to help you reach all of your fitness goal.  We take pride in the fact that we are the leading functional fitness center in the greater Carlisle area and honored to receive Carlisle’s 2014 “Best Health Club” award.

Cumberland County Historical Society

Cumberland County Historical Society has created a new dynamic museum that will engage, inspire and educate visitors of all ages.

The newly redesigned facility is on the second floor, expanded to 6300 square feet, and encompasses 16 galleries including a new folk art gallery housing a nationally significant collection, a new Indian School gallery featuring the nation’s largest repository of Carlisle Indian School artifacts and archival materials, and much more.  A second changing gallery will proved new incentives for repeated visitation.

Visitors will experience over 250 years of history.  The museum will tell the stories of a changing world, evolving lives and the dreams that shaped local, state and national history. Regionally it will be a priminate art and history center.

Normal hours are Monday 7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

21 North Pitt Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 249-7610

Trindle Self Storage and The UPS Store

Trindle Self StorageAt Trindle Self Storage we have a wide variety of storage units. We have all different sizes to help our customers store their things here whether it be a few boxes or storing a vehicle. We have a brand new facility located conveniently off Trindle Road in Carlisle. We have a surveillance system with 24 hour monitoring. Everything is gated with code entry only. In need of self storage? Come down to see our great facility and what we have to offer!!! You will always be greeted with a smile and a hello!

1755 W. Trindle Rd
Carlisle, PA 17015
717-245-0026

Sipe Mower

Sipe Mower & Equipment was established in 1974 and has grown into the leading independent lawnmower, outdoor equipment, and small engine sales and service center in the Carlisle, PA area.

Tom Wilkins, the owner of Sipe Mower & Equipment has a priority in business and that is to provide their customers with friendly, quality service and the best parts & equipment at a fair price. Sipe Mower & Equipment has earned a reputation for providing excellent, quality service to their customers. They provide service and parts for a wide variety of home, yard, garden, outdoor, small engine products and manufacturers.

They take a personal interest in giving each customer great personal service, and are available to answer your questions to help make sure that you get the right equipment or part. The mechanics at Sipe Mower & Equipment will keep your mowers, trimmers, chain saws, blowers, edger’s, generators, even your go-cart and other motorized equipment tuned up and in great working condition.

99 West Main Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-249-7833