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Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
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York County native John Fetterman, also known as America's "coolest mayor," will share his thoughts about the revitalization of small boroughs and cities at the 18th annual Downtown First Awards.

York native John Fetterman: Braddock mayor and candidate for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor. (Submitted)

According to a Downtown Inc statement, the awards honor individuals, businesses and organizations nominated by the public in eight categories. Winners are selected by a committee comprised of several downtown York City stakeholders.

First elected mayor of Braddock, a western Pennsylvania borough, in 2005, Fetterman is now serving his fourth term. He made a run for U.S. Senate in 2016 and is again seeking higher office as Pennsylvania’s next lieutenant governor in 2018.

Dubbed by The Guardian newspaper as "America's coolest mayor," Fetterman will talk about his experiences with revitalization as well as his hometown ties to the White Rose City.

“A healthy and vibrant downtown requires time, energy and investment from many people, businesses and organizations,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc.

“We thank each nominee for their commitment to creating a downtown district that’s become the creative core of York County and a great place to live, work and visit,” he said.

The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Logos Academy, 250 W. King St. The Glatfelter Agency is sponsoring the event. 

Tickets cost $25 and are available at


Outstanding Large Business – Sponsored by Susquehanna Real Estate

Business Information Group


Rite Aid

York Traditions Bank

Outstanding Small Business – Sponsored by Stock and Leader

DiDi & Smiling John’s Barber Shop and Salon

Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast

McCallister & Myers – Real Estate Services

Qdot Engineering

Weary Arts Group

Outstanding New Business/Merchant – Sponsored by O.N.E. Hospitality Group

i-ron-ic Squared

Isaac’s On The Fly

Memory Lane Sweets

Revival Social Club

The Handsome Cab

Outstanding Merchant – Sponsored by CGA Law Firm


Cherie Anne’s Courtyard Café

Collusion Tap Works

Global Cafe at Central Market


Mudhook Brewing Co.

Sarah’s Sweet and Savory Snacks

The New Hub Store

This Little Light of Mine

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization – Sponsored by the York Revolution

Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Child Care Consultants

Junior League of York

Stick N Move Boxing

York County Hispanic Coalition

York County History Center

York XL

Young Thinkers of York

Better York Appell Beautification Award – Sponsored by Better York

Iron Horse York and Yohn Property Management (One West Project)

Rich Reilly Attorney at Law

The Parliament Arts Organization

York Academy Regional Charter School

York City School Police Department

Outstanding Individual within an Organization or Business – Sponsored by PeoplesBank

Andrew Gobel, Gavin Advertising

Antwoine Dorm, Stick N Move Boxing

Brenda Wintermyer, Just Brenda Art

Caroline Morris, Kimman’s

Kate Harmon, The Parliament Arts Organization

Kim Hogeman, York County Economic Alliance

Matthew Davis, Crocodile Dog Marketing

Randy Flaum, York Storyman

Outstanding Volunteer – Sponsored by C.S. Davidson, Inc.

JJ Sheffer

Jess Ensminger

Karin Swartz

Linda Amos