When the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies heard about the mayor of Lancaster, Pa., speaking at its Founders' Day event, "we thought, 'Boy, wouldn't it be nice to have somebody from a community that's really making a lot of progress and sort of talk about what's happening in their community, and we can sort of contextualize it with ours, and maybe learn some lessons and have a good conversation," the group's president tells the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.
Mayor Danene Sorace spoke about how her city has worked to increase citizen involvement in neighborhoods, become more responsive to crime, and encourage renters on their path to homeownership, among other things.
"That is a huge step forward because, for a lot of years, people either did not believe that it was worth their time to pick up the phone and call City Hall, and, even if they did call, they had no expectations that something would change," Sorace says.
Sorace says residents are now "willing and believe that we will actually respond and come down and knock on doors and talk to people about the things that they're seeing and take action."
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