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  • View or Download the 2014 Zoning Code Draft and Proposed Zoning Map

    Download the 2014 Zoning Code Draft and proposed Zoning Map right now on harrisburgpa.gov. Both documents will be discussed at June 5th City Council meeting beginning at 5;30pm.Read more →

  • Thanks to Businessman Scott Appel and Touch of Color Flooring

    Thanks to Businessman Scott Appel and Touch of Color Flooring

    By Matt Zencey | mzencey@pennlive.com The Patriot-News Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 20, 2014 at  8:15 AM Harrisburg’s police officers got about 2,000 square feet of new carpeting in their downtown headquarters Saturday, thanks to a donation from Touch of Color flooring. It’s the first big donation landed by Mayor EricRead more →

  • STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

    STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION Street Name: N FRONT ST From: FORSTER ST To: WALNUT ST Date from: 5/23/2014, FRIDAY Time from: 9:00:00 AM Date to: 5/26/2014, TUESDAY Time to: 7:00:00 AM Type of Closure: COMPLETE CLOSURE Closure Info: No access to N Front St. all side streets from Walnut St. to Forster St will be closed. Detour Info: Traffic will detour eastRead more →

  • Public Forum June 17th to discuss rehabilitation of the 4th and Emerald Street playground…

    The Pennsylvania Municipal League and Kaboom are partnering with the City of Harrisburg to facilitate the rehabilitation of the 4th and Emerald Street Playground. A public forum will be held to discuss the $47,000 application to Keystone communities program for this project will be held on June 17th from 4:30pm-6pm at the Dauphin County Library at 3rd andRead more →

  • Notice of Street Closure: N 4TH ST from SENECA ST to SCHUYLKILL ST

    CITY OF HARRISBURG – STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION Street Name: N 4TH ST From: SENECA ST To: SCHUYLKILL ST Date/Time from: 4/11/2014, FRIDAY, 10:00 AM (10:00) Date/Time to: 4/11/2014, FRIDAY, 4:00 PM (16:00) Type of Closure: COMPLETE CLOSURE Closure Info: CONTRACTOR WILL BE DOING STREET RESTORATION WORK. Detour Info: USE N 3RD STREET AS ALTERNATIVE If you haveRead more →

  • Notice of Street Closure: BASIN ST from N 6TH ST to N 7TH ST

    CITY OF HARRISBURG – STREET CLOSURE/CRANE SETTING NOTIFICATION Street Name: BASIN ST From: N 6TH ST To: N 7TH ST Date/Time from: 4/16/2014, WEDNESDAY, 9:00 AM (09:00) Date/Time to: 4/16/2014, WEDNESDAY, 1:00 PM (13:00) Type of Closure: PARTIAL CLOSURE Closure Info: HB MCCLURE CO WILL BE CLOSING BASIN STREET FROM N 6TH ST TO N 7TH STRead more →

  • New City Beautiful Fund and City Poet Laureate Announced

    New City Beautiful Fund and City Poet Laureate Announced

    Mayor Eric Papenfuse on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014,  announced creation of the City Hall Beautiful fund and the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate during a series of events Monday to commemorate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Harrisburg. “We spent the day supporting community service events,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “ItRead more →

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About

The Honorable Eric Papenfuse took the oath of office as the Mayor of the City of Harrisburg on Jan. 6, 2014 in a simple ceremony in the MLK Government Center, leading a movement to revitalize the city’s economy and restore trust in government.

Election

A successful businessman, Papenfuse was elected on a platform of uniting the residents of Harrisburg to work toward the common goal of building a better community through attracting business and investment, improving education and restoring pride and prosperity to the state capital. With the motto “Together, We Can,” Papenfuse inspired thousands of people to place their confidence in him to lead Harrisburg out of a period of economic and political malaise.


Biography

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1971 to an elementary-school reading teacher and a state-government archivist, Papenfuse attended Yale University for college and graduate school. He studied American history and government and was the only member of his undergraduate class to earn both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in four years, summa cum laude. A published author and prize-winning scholar, his teaching and research explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and the fractious national political environment in the years after the American Revolution. 

A former public school teacher, Papenfuse taught Latin at Central Dauphin East and Linglestown Junior High Schools, where he served as chair of the Foreign Language department.


Family

Papenfuse lives in Harrisburg with his wife Cathy and their three children (Clara, 10; Everett age 8, and Chauncey, 4).  He settled in Harrisburg in 1999 after his wife accepted a post as Assistant Professor of History at Messiah College. It was not long after their move to Harrisburg that the couple went into the book business, a decision that has enriched the entire region and led to his eventual election as the city’s mayor.


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The Papenfuse Administration is committed to working for a revitalization of Harrisburg, restoring trust and competence in city government as well as pride and prosperity to our capital city.

The administration was elected on a platform of opposing a rush to bankruptcy, contending it would spell both economic and psychological disaster for the city and its residents. Within the first 100 days of the Papenfuse Administration, the city emerged from State Receivership and a new atmosphere of hope spread throughout the capital.

Mayor Papenfuse is committed to fiscal responsibility and government accountability as he leads the city out of financial crisis. He has appointment competent and dedicated heads of city government departments and has instituted strong checks and balances to maintain close tabs on spending.
To make Harrisburg strong once again, Mayor Papenfuse has identified four strategic areas to focus attention during his administration. They include:


Crime & Safety

• Mayor Papenfuse believes public safety is one of the most important issues impacting quality of life in Harrisburg and directly affects the city’s ability to stimulate an economic recovery. He has worked to strengthen the leadership of the Harrisburg Police force, appointing Chief Thomas Carter to lead the Police Department and moving quickly to recruit new police officers and promote experienced officers to leadership positions.

• Mayor Papenfuse also created a new position of Community Policing Coordinator and appointed David Botero to create a vital link between city residents and the Police Department. Botero works directly with neighbor crime watch groups, interacts with youth in schools and engages the community in improving public safety at the neighborhood level.

• In the first few months of the Papenfuse Administration, officers began walking patrols in neighborhoods and interacting with city residents, especially with youth in schools and in informal settings to facilitate friendly relationships and mutual trust. Many residents noted the increased positive interactions with police in their communities, creating a strong sense of security.

• Harrisburg Police began collaborating with law enforcement agencies in neighboring townships, as well as with county and state police departments to develop strong working relationships police agencies throughout the region.

• Mayor Papenfuse oversaw recruitment of 13 new firefighters in the first 100 days of his administration. The Mayor also worked with the Fire Department to solidify a new contract with significant concessions from the union in a sign of firefighters’ commitment to Harrisburg’s economic recovery.


Education and Youth

• Harrisburg schools are in crisis and much more needs to be done to ensure youth in our city receive a quality education. The Papenfuse Administration sees education as another vital component of Harrisburg’s economic recovery. The Mayor is determined to advocate for parents and to insist on the best possible schools for Harrisburg youth. To assist with maintaining a strong focus on education and youth, the Mayor created a Special Assistant to Education, Youth and Civic Engagement and named respected educator Karl Singleton to the position. The Special Assistant works directly with the Mayor to promote education, facilitate after-school enrichment programs and support mentoring initiatives in the community.

• While the Mayor has no official role in the public school system, Mayor Papenfuse realizes he can help direct resources to improve schools and programs for youth, as well as encourage parents and teachers to push for the highest quality schools for Harrisburg’s next generation of leaders.


Blight and Beautification

• Harrisburg schools are in crisis and much more needs to be done to ensure youth in our city receive a quality education. The Papenfuse Administration sees education as another vital component of Harrisburg’s economic recovery. The Mayor is determined to advocate for parents and to insist on the best possible schools for Harrisburg youth. To assist with maintaining a strong focus on education and youth, the Mayor created a Special Assistant to Education, Youth and Civic Engagement and named respected educator Karl Singleton to the position. The Special Assistant works directly with the Mayor to promote education, facilitate after-school enrichment programs and support mentoring initiatives in the community.

• While the Mayor has no official role in the public school system, Mayor Papenfuse realizes he can help direct resources to improve schools and programs for youth, as well as encourage parents and teachers to push for the highest quality schools for Harrisburg’s next generation of leaders.

If you would like to request a meeting with or schedule an event with Mayor Eric Papenfuse please complete the on-line form we have provided for your convenience. If you are unable to complete the form please send us a written request by mail:

Office of the Mayor
10 North 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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