Downtown Bellefonte Inc.

Dedicated to helping business arrive and thrive in 21st Century Bellefonte while preserving, protecting, and utilizing Bellefonte’s historic architecture and heritage, and organizing town-wide initiatives that invite residents and visitors alike to discover all that Bellefonte has to offer. 

Vision

Tucked between the Appalachian Mountains and the rolling farmland that make Central Pennsylvania a natural wonderland, Bellefonte is a town steeped in American history and small town charm. Today, Bellefonte maintains its historic infrastructure while being an epicenter of modern commerce, culture and living.

Commerce

Downtown Bellefonte’s primary role is to champion downtown Bellefonte’s economic vitality. It is Downtown Bellefonte‘s responsibility to identify market trends and create opportunities to foster a positive economic environment by capitalizing on its proximity to higher education epicenters and easily accessible thoroughfares.  The organization leads recruitment initiatives to bring new businesses to downtown while working with current businesses through retention, sustainment, and expansion efforts. SpringBoard, Downtown Bellefonte’s business incubator and co-working space, offers guidance and resources to entrepreneurs and professionals.

Partnerships

A living, breathing downtown is one that embraces community assets and represents good economic health and a high quality of life. This is strengthened by the coordinated efforts of business and community organizations, established business owners, volunteers, progressive political leadership, local government and responsible property owners. By working together, Downtown Bellefonte recognizes that community affiliations and partnerships are always vital to future progress. 

Architecture & Historic Preservation

Very few populated downtowns in America are as well preserved and charming as Bellefonte; our architecture is widely recognized as a valuable asset that needs to be maintained with care and passion. Downtown Bellefonte works closely with preservation groups, the Bellefonte Borough government and code officials to help encourage and maintain the town’s infrastructure by offering real support in maintaining a historically preserved community while promoting its adaptive reuse potential.

Cultural & Artistic Significance

Downtown Bellefonte believes strongly that history and art are inseparable from a living, breathing downtown. Historical significance — such as the Victorian architecture and the legacy of the town’s seven U.S. governors, and the Underground Railroad — on both the state and national level give the town an air of American relevance. By that same token, the town’s reputation as a gathering place for artists and artisans is a vital part of the Bellefonte aura. This combination serves as a major draw to locals and visitors  as well as helping to attract new businesses. BelleKey works closely with local art and historic organizations, museums, galleries, and community organizers in a concentrated year-round effort to promote Bellefonte’s heritage, cultural and creative strengths.

Natural Assets & Recreational Opportunities

Part of the Pennsylvania Wilds, there is a natural Appalachian wonderland surrounding Bellefonte that makes it unique. Talleyrand Park is one of the most beautiful public parks in the entire state. Flowing through the park and much of Bellefonte, Spring Creek is recognized as one of the best trout streams in the world. Central Pennsylvania is home to millions of acres of publicly accessible state parks, forests, and game lands, and much of that land is within a quick drive from downtown. BelleKey works with a variety of local and state organizations and groups to highlight the infinite natural blessings that are in and around Bellefonte. As Central Pennsylvania continues to grow as a popular destination for fly fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, and biking, BelleKey works to advance and promote our many outdoor attractions. 

My husband and I bought our first house here a year ago. We’ve lived all over the state and this has been our favorite town. We live near downtown and love being able to walk through Talleyrand Park on a beautiful day or being able to visit a locally owned business like Big Spring Spirits. Most of all, I love the events the town hosts. I can’t wait for this year’s Arts and Crafts Festival.

Chris Tina

Bellefonte resident

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