Mayor Eric Papenfuse held a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Broad Street Market, 1233 N 3rd St., Harrisburg, to announce members of a new task force that will provide guidance on the market’s future.
The Broad Street Market was founded in 1860, and is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States. The task force will advise the Mayor on how to improve the market’s operations and help it revitalize the neighborhood.
“The Market can be a great economic driver for the area,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “It’s time to look closely at the Market and consider it in the context of the surrounding neighborhood.”
Papenfuse said the Market needs new thinking and a fresh start. “The status quo is unacceptable,” he said.
Members of the new Broad Street Market Task Force include:
- Jonathan Bowser, Chair of the Broad Street Market Corporation and CEO at Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation
- Bill Fontana, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center
- Josh Kessler, Broad Street Market vendor and developer of the Millworks
- Jackie Parker, Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development for the City of Harrisburg
- Sylvia Rigal, Peer Professional at CRAM, Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry
- Deborah Robinson, HR specialist and Administrator for ABEL Personnel
- Shawn Westhafer, lawyer and President of Friends of Midtown