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Bucknell invests in downtown Lewisburg: A Q&A assessing the effort 10 years in

January 31, 2020  |  Jessica Rosenberg Jeff Turner, LEED® AP

As part of its 2008 Master Plan, Bucknell University has spent the last decade pursuing a number of projects to strengthen the university’s connection with downtown Lewisburg. This was to be accomplished through forging a better connection between the campus and downtown’s Market Street, including moving many Bucknell facilities there. For example: moving the campus bookstore downtown, restoring the downtown Campus Theater, purchasing and repurposing buildings such as the Dewitt Building and the Lewisburg Post Office Building, and more.

Now, a decade later, we checked in with three individuals involved with these projects to understand from Bucknell’s and Lewisburg’s perspectives what the ongoing “town-gown” partnership has been like, and if the efforts have paid off:

  • Dave Surgala, VP, Finance & Administration, Bucknell University
  • Steven Stumbris, Director, Bucknell University Small Business Development Center
  • Ellen Ruby, Executive Director, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership


This is an excerpt from an article originally published on the P3 Resource Center. Read the full piece here.

"From community relations through the heart of construction and planned completion, we have been blessed by just the right counselor who provided exactly the wise counsel we needed at precisely the right time. And we have even had fun in the midst of a very challenging process."

David O. Treadwell, Executive Director
Central Union Mission

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