HoW Focus Group Dates

Heart of Williamsport's upcoming dates for Focus Groups

Heart of Williamsport's Next Step Mark your calendars Our Round Table discussion involved groups from the community brainstorming ideas for action corresponding with our value statement. Now, our next step is to consider our value statements in depth. The purpose is to draw attention to the areas that need improvement and recognize the Williamsport's potential. Here are the upcoming dates …

Welcome to Williamsport’s Values

Williamsport Value Statements

The Heart of Williamsport has written eight statements that represent our community. Do you agree with the statements? What can we change? How can we make the statements better? Let us know in the surveys attached to each value statement blog!

Value Statement No. 1

  Arts, Culture, Heritage Celebration of historic and creative treasures We celebrate our arts, culture and heritage through events and activities that capture the spirit of Williamsport and support local businesses which revitalize our city, enrich our lives, preserve for the next generation. Our arts and culture are integral to: Local businesses & artists Pajama …

Value Statement No. 2

Beautiful Natural Environment Admiration for Natural Surroundings We admire our scenic views and beautiful natural surroundings; this tranquil environment provides plenty of outdoor activities and enhances our quality of life. Our Beautiful Natural Environment is appreciated through: Mountains Forests Rivers Creeks Trails Parks What do you think about this value statement? Do you agree?  

Value Statement No. 3

  Diverse Community Expression of self in a welcoming environment We value the diversity of Williamsport within the quaint, small-town community that practices kindness, acceptance, and respect that empowers everyone. The diversity of our community is embodied in our: Art Entertainment Dining Employment Worship opportunities People What do you think about this value statement? Do …

Value Statement No. 4

Educational; Assets, Activities, and Events Participation in learning opportunities We value the numerous and diverse educational opportunities and programs which promote a sense of community pride by offering mentoring and learning activities for everyone.  Educational opportunities are provided by our: Schools Colleges After-school programs Libraries Churches Organizational collaborations

Value Statement No. 5

Health, Safety, Welfare Community sense of well being We appreciate our clean and friendly city for providing a safe and peaceful environment for raising families and making Williamsport our home. Our city benefits greatly by having: Responsive government Extensive social services Quality health care system Generous philanthropists

Value Statement No. 6

Opportunities and Economic Growth Appreciation of positive change  We appreciate our strong economic growth, diverse job opportunities, and a low-cost of living that raises the quality of life for more citizens, and encourages young people to stay in the community. Williamsport’s positive change is supported by: Pro-active planning Geographic location A good transportation system Privately …

Value Statement No. 7

Small-Town Feel Treasuring community connection We treasure the character and friendliness of our small-town that allows the compassionate members of this community to connect with one another. The size of our city allows us to walk or bike to enjoy: Family & friends Locally owned shops Privately owned restaurants Attractions & destinations The river, mountains, …

Value Statement No. 8

Urban Amenities and Recreation Appreciation for balance of city and rural life We appreciate the balance between the city’s easy access to rural settings and a vibrant downtown, which creates a distinctive atmosphere drawing people together. The city offers public transportation and a variety of: Parks Recreation Sports Businesses Restaurants & Bars Specialty shops Theaters

Summit Up Event

You spoke, we listened.  After a year of story gathering, video interviews, survey questions answered, and story listening, we will review the responses we have received from our community, and work together in small groups to develop our vision statements.  We need you to help us "sum it up!"  These vision statements will become the …

Peace in the Port

Peace in the Port

Khamila, Khalil, Rahim Baines and Shaheed James discuss Peace in the Port and the fight they are facing for change in the community and a better generation to come.

Diving In

Cliff Stevens

Cliff Stevens opens up about his recent move to the area, diving into parts of the community, and how he has embraced the culture of Williamsport.

Giving Back

Phoebe Frear

Local filmmaker and business owner Phoebe Frear discusses her love for collaboration and artistic expression, as well as how she gives her gifts back to the community of Williamsport.

The Same

By joining together over similar interests for common good, we can produce change. No matter who you are or where you live we all make up Williamsport, and we all want to see it thrive.

Community Woodshop

Williamsport Community Woodshop

Members and founder John Meyer of the Pajama Factory’s Community Woodshop discuss the opportunities Williamsport has given them and their love for the woodshop.

Change is Coming

Meet Richard James, a 16 year resident of Williamsport. Read his story about moving home, becoming involved, and the change that's coming.

Incredible Generosity

Tommy Grieco discusses the generosity with his GoFundMe story about the community coming together to donate to getting himself a new wheelchair.

Becoming a River City

Dallas Miller and Lena Yeagle discuss their love of nature and how they want to enhance the culture in Williamsport and the access to the river.

The Future is Female

Anna Falat and granddaughter Miah Dunkleberger discuss how they’re individually succeeding in their futures and what it means to be a strong woman.

Acceptance

Todd Foresman and Chuck Black discuss their views on diversity, open-mind individuals, and acceptance in the city of Williamsport.