Re-Developing Downtown / Antiques Roadshow in Harrisburg

  • By Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk


Downtown Lititz

For ten years, Kelly Withum served as executive director of Venture Lititz, the economic development agency that drove that town’s successful re-development.  Withum facilitated events such as Taste of Lititz and the Lititz Beer Fest as well as attracting new, locally-owned businesses to Lititz’s downtown corridor.

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Kelly Withum – Executive Director, Lebanon’s Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association

Withum is now helping the City of Lebanon revitalize its downtown with new businesses and development.  She appears on Monday’s Smart Talk to talk about what worked for Lititz and what could work for other “downtown corridors.”


Also, twenty years ago, PBS debuted Antiques Roadshow – a seemingly simple production where people brought arts, family heirlooms and pieces of folk, sports and cultural memorabilia to be appraised.

But the production of Antiques Roadshow is anything but simple.  Its a carefully choreographed event where people’s belongings are categorized and they are trafficked towards specific experts in a variety of fields.  Sometimes they find valuable treasures from the attic, sometimes they find the only value an object has is sentimental.

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Marsha Bemko – Executive Producer, PBS’s Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow is coming to Harrisburg, June 3rd, for three episodes.  Executive Producer Marsha Bemko joins us on Smart Talk to discuss the show from behind the scenes and offer some tips about which relics and bric-a-brac to bring.


on downtown development:

– I’m a resident and business owner in Hagerstown, MD where we are trying to make build a downtown that’s a destination. While we’ve made significant progress, we seem to be in a stage where what we really need is ideas, support, and residents or businesses who are willing to go downtown. We run into a significant amount of prejudice, sometimes outright racism, and a continuous chorus of “the downtown is a dump and not worth our time.”

How can a downtown effort move beyond these attitudes, particularly when they are coming from elected officials in addition to residents?                                          – Laura, Hagerstown MD

- I’m 28, a musician, and I’ve lived in Lancaster for the better chunk of 2 decades, and I’m here to tell you that nothing in a smaller urban area galvanizes a sense of community like diy music. It’s art, it’s entertainment, its an event, it’s positive, and people actually gather. I would like to see more robust support from the locality, which can only reinforce the positive aspects of community in the youth.   – Zac

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