HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold their upcoming Legislative Session as a live-streamed video conference. To submit comments that will be read into the record during the public comment period, residents may email Comments should follow the same criteria as in-person sessions, including the following:   

  • Must include the resident’s name and address  
  • When read aloud, the comments should be under 2 minutes  
  • One comment per resident  

Comments will be read aloud into the record by the City Clerk at the appropriate time during the Legislative Session. The public is encouraged to submit comments prior to 4 p.m. the day of the meeting.

WHAT: City Council Virtual Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Live Stream at  

The live stream will begin with the virtual Caucus at 5:30 p.m.  Legislative Session agenda and meeting materials are available at


Dec. 5, 2018 HARRISBURG – Parking will be free in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Harrisburg, but will return to normal on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

“We thank SP Plus for providing free parking on Christmas and Christmas Eve,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “and we hope this will encourage people to come downtown and enjoy all of the holiday festivities.”

The MLK Government Center will be open Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas and on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at 717 255 3015 or at


US Census Bureau Hiring Now For 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up for the 2020 Census and is recruiting for temporary jobs available in and around Harrisburg, Pa. The Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of additional employees in and around Harrisburg, Pa. By visiting , applicants can apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, and census field supervisors. The positions will be located in and around Harrisburg, Pa and have flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

Available jobs:

  • Recruiting Assistants travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities. This position is a Work at Home position.
  • Office Operations Supervisors assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Clerks perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
  • Census Field Supervisors conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues, such as not gaining entry to restricted areas. This position is a Work at Home position.
  • Census Takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends. This position is a Work at Home position.

For more information about any of these employment opportunities interested applicants can call 1-855-JOB-2020. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


City of Harrisburg Partners With Local Organizations To Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

3 Organizations Collaborate to Host Photo Shoot Highlighting Diversity in Our Region

Harrisburg, PA – In celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and local marketing firm Suasion are hosting a community photo shoot at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at City Island, Harrisburg.

The goal of the photo shoot is to capture photography of local, realistic people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities for use on the social media accounts, websites and brochures created by the host organizations.

The photo shoot was originally scheduled for July 26, the Anniversary of the ADA, but was postponed due to flooding on City Island.

“People with disabilities are not commonly or accurately portrayed in communications materials,” explains Theo Braddy, CEO of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania and one of nine Commissioners with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission. “This lack of representation feeds the stigma that individuals with disabilities aren’t active, thriving, vital members of our community. This photo shoot will create a portfolio of photography representing people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities and enjoying what our community has to offer with friends and family.”

Photo shoot participants, which are comprised of local individuals with diverse disabilities, families, couples and singles, are encouraged to enjoy the various activities at City Island while having their photos captured by Suasion, who will create a stock image gallery to store the pictures for future use.

“As a communications agency that works with numerous organizations that serve the disability community, we would benefit from having access to a variety of quality photos of people with

disabilities in real life situations and scenarios instead of actors posing as people with disabilities,” explains Karen Gross, Director of Marketing at Suasion. “Since there is a lack of available stock photography, we find that the same images are used over and over in advertising and marketing materials. We are honored to work with CILCP and the City of Harrisburg to fill a need and do so by accurately representing people with disabilities who are living and thriving in our community.”

“The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC) is proud to participate in this event to raise awareness of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion,” said Shaashawn Dial, Director of Social Equity & Affirmative Action, which includes serving as Staff Liaison to the HHRC. “This event is the first of many initiatives from our office to help promote an environment of diversity, equity, respect and inclusiveness in our community.”

“We were thrilled by the number of people who RSVP’d for today’s photo shoot,” explains Theo Braddy. “The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, along with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and Suasion, looks forward to continuing to create opportunities to combat the stigma against people with disabilities and celebrate diversity in our region.”

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About the Center for Independent Living of Central PA

The Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) is a consumer controlled, cross-disability organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles. The organization assists individuals with any type of disability in navigating through the maze of services and programs and connecting them with customized options that will enable them to reach their goals and aspirations as part of its Living Well With A Disability philosophy. To learn more about the CILCP, visit their website at

About the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission

The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC), Ordinance 6-1983, as amended and reenacted is designed to administer, implement, and enforce the provisions of the City of Harrisburg’s Human Relations and Discrimination Code prohibiting discrimination. The Code applies to discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and lending, which occur within the territorial limits of the City of Harrisburg and to employment, contracted for, performed, or to be performed within these limits, or by those contracting with the City. The Commission shall consist of nine members, eight of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor and one of whom shall be appointed by City Council by resolution. The HHRC was re-instated November 2017. For more information, visit:

About Suasion

Suasion LLC, is a full-service marketing, communications and event coordination firm, providing strategic planning, public relations, advertising, website development, market research,

grassroots marketing and branding services to organizations driven by a social mission. Proudly celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Suasion effectively serves organizations in the health care, government, social and human services and disability markets using proven behavior and social change strategies that effectively influence audiences and shift perceptions. For more information, visit

Public Meeting Slated for Wednesday at Armory on Proposed Sanitation Ordinance

June 5, 2018

HARRISBURG, PA — The Harrisburg City Council will hold the second of three public meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in the Drill Hall at the Harrisburg Armory, 1400 Calder St., Harrisburg.

The meetings are designed to allow citizen input on the proposed sanitation ordinance. The ordinance concerns proposed fines for trash and recycling violations and proposed annual payments for trash service.

The final meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Scottish Rite, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.

All Harrisburg city residents are welcome. For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at, or call 717 255 3015.



 The City of Harrisburg, in partnership with Capital Area Transit, is conducting a study to improve bus stops along six important streets. The study is looking at bus stop locations, bus stop spacing, and bus stop features. 

Back in January, the first public meeting was held to gather your ideas on how to improve CAT’s bus stops. Now, we want to show you how those ideas have been incorporated into the study. 

Please join us at a public open house to review preliminary improvements to CAT’s bus stops and let us know what you think! 

For more information, please contact the City of Harrisburg helpdesk by phone at 311 or online at 


HARRISBURG (May 24, 2018): The City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will be hold a Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise networking and certification event on June 1, 2018. This event, sponsored by the Keystone Contractors Association, will connect local construction companies through networking and increase opportunities for small, diverse businesses on upcoming construction projects.

The City of Harrisburg will host a press conference with Mayor Eric Papenfuse to provide more details about the event at 1o a.m. Wednesday, May 30 in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

Event Details:

What: Doing Business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water, Meet the Primes & MWDBE Certification Event

When: Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, PA 17103

Register Online:

MBE/WBE/DBE certifying agencies, financial institutions, and bonding and insurance firms will also be on hand to help local businesses prepare for doing business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water.

In 2016, Capital Region Water passed a MWDBE Plan requiring minimum participation levels for MWDBE on all construction projects that exceed the bidding threshold established for municipal authorities in Pennsylvania. More information about Capital Region Water’s Business Diversity Program and MWDBE Plan can be found online at


Here’s What’s Happening At Artsfest 2018


Blending world-class art with the beauty of the Susquehanna River, Artsfest brings together artists and community members from around the region and the country. Held annually in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Artsfest features over 250 exceptional, juried artists and craftsmen from across the United States and Canada.

Additional Information

Hand-crafted works will be available for sale in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber (decorative and wearable), furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

This FREE festival attracts over 40,000 visitors over the 3-day weekend with individuals and families from local communities, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, MD, Washington D.C.,  New York and more, annually to the Greater Harrisburg Area.

The festival includes an entertainment stage where original musicians preform all three days. Featuring the best of regional scholastic bands, exciting emerging original bands and additional performers by the Central PA Friends of Jazz, hosted by Steve Rudolph. Artsfest is also home of Kidsfest and FilmFest. These events allow the festival to be both family friendly and attractive to a unique audience of independent film fans.

As the largest festival in the Harrisburg region, Artsfest has been the winner of six Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply the Best” Awards and honored as one of Sunshine Magazine’s Top 13 Festivals.

Update From The Bureau Of Police For The Upcoming Parking Permit Renewal Period

It is parking permit renewal time.  The fee for residents renewing their currently held permit is $25.00; new permit applications require a fee of $30.00. Residents who are age 65 or older, and are handicap are exempt from residential permit fees. Permits will be available for renewal by mail, starting March 1, 2018.  

The Harrisburg Police Parking Enforcement Unit encourages all eligible residents to apply for parking permits by mail.  If you wish to apply for your 2018 residential parking permit by mail you must send your request with the documents specified below to:  

Parking Enforcement Unit 

Residential Permit Parking  

123 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor 

Harrisburg, PA   17101 

With each request, you must enclose a check or money order for the appropriate amount made payable to the CITY TREASURER.  If you are an ELECTED OFFICIAL, STATE EMPLOYEE or COLLEGE STUDENT, living in the city on a temporary basis, send a copy of: 

  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 

NOTE:  If the above documents have a current Harrisburg City address, nothing further is needed.  If it does not have a Harrisburg City address, you must submit a copy of your lease or letter from state government or college personnel office on letterhead confirming your residency status along with a copy of your state employee/college identification card. 

If you are a BUSINESS, send a copy of: 

  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 
  3. Your current mercantile license 
  4. Your lease/deed to property 

NOTE:  Please keep in mind you are entitled to ONE parking permit only.  


  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 

NOTE:  If your current, eligible Harrisburg City address is not reflected on your driver’s license and/or vehicle registration, you may receive a temporary permit (expires 30 days from issue) with a copy of the above (driver’s license and vehicle registration) and lease/deed at no cost.  After you have updated your driver’s license and vehicle registration through PENNDOT, you may apply for a permanent permit. 

Please note:  your current permit expires March 31, 2018.  Please do not display the new permit until April 1, 2018.  Displaying an invalid or expired permit on or after April 2, 2018 may result in the issuance of a parking ticket pursuant to the provisions of the City Ordinance, 3-139, Residential Parking Permits. 

Please also understand that you will not be issued a permit if you have any OUTSTANDING PARKING TICKETS OR CITATIONS.  Anyone who transfers a permit to another individual will be placed on the ineligible list for permits and may be subject to criminal prosecution. 

All applicants are encouraged to apply for parking permits by mail.  You may also obtain a permit by coming to the Parking Enforcement Office starting on or after March 12, 2018 from 8:00AM to 3:45PM, Monday through Friday.  The Parking Enforcement Office is located on the 2nd Floor of the McCormick Public Safety Building, at 123 Walnut Street. If you intend to come in person to renew your parking permit the Parking Enforcement Office recommends that you pay with a check or money order, made payable to the City Treasurer, which will be accepted at the Parking Enforcement office. 

Please be advised, if you intend to pay with cash, you will have to exit the Police Station, walk outside, and around to the City Government Center @ 10 N 2nd St, and into The City Treasurer’s office to make your payment. Then return back to the Parking Enforcement Office the same way to retrieve your new parking permit.  All cash or transactions must be made through the City Treasurers Office after you apply for the residential permit at the Parking Enforcement office.   


Thomas C. Carter | Police Commissioner  



Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input On City Pools

The Bureau of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input in regards to the recently completed swimming pool feasibility study. Input can be made simply by leaving a response in the comments section of this post or shared by emailing

Here is a list of general questions:
  1. What would you like to see at Jackson Lick and Penn National Pool?
  2. How important are the pools to you and your family?
  3. What will make our pools attractive to you?