– Spring/Fall Partnership Meetings

2021 Fall Partnership Meeting

Friday September 17, 2021 9AM-12PM (informal networking coffee and snacks begin at 8:30, lunch is available after the program) Location: Furnace Stack Pavilion, Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Agenda & Registration

About the Event

This Fall, we are responding to the region’s need for more knowledge about changing climate. The changing climate can be an overwhelming issue and we will translate this big issue into local understanding, impacts, and actions. Collectively, there is power in taking action how we can, where we can. Regionally, we can make an impact that will protect and strengthen our quality of life, environment, and sustainable economic development goals. Diverse speakers will cover how the changing climate is likely to affect us and actions already being taken by local governments, organizations, and individuals in the South Mountain region.

Following the event there will be an optional lunch and tour of the Appalachian Trail Museum. A boxed Lunch is available for $12, you must select this option during registration, you are also welcome to bring a bag lunch. Please also consider signing up for a tour of the AT Museum during registration.

Thank you to our Fall Meeting Sponsors! Your generous support is so appreciated. 

2021 Spring Meeting

May 14 from 9:00-11:00 
The agenda theme for the meeting is solar energy development. We will facilitate a dialogue around the challenges of solar energy development and how it can be done in a way that supports our region’s unique sense of place and quality of life, does not inhibit future sustainable economic development, and stewards our farmland, historic places, and natural and recreation assets – goals that we think are shared by many residents, communities, businesses, and organizations.

Recap – 2020 Fall Partnership Meeting 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Fall Partnership Meeting, like the Spring Meeting, was held virtually. More than 90 people registered for the virtual event, where they listened to presentations about communicating your message, securing resources during the COVID crisis, and updates on the Partnership’s work.

View the webinar presentations here


Recap – 2020 Spring Partnership Meeting 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Spring Partnership Meeting was a bit different. More than 90 people registered for a virtual version of the meeting, where they listened to presentations from the York County Open Space and Land Preservation Fund, the Dillsburg Heart & Soul Project, and the South Mountain Trolley Greenway rail trail.

View the webinar presentations here


Recap – 2019 Fall Partnership Meeting 

Nearly 80 people from across the South Mountain region gathered at the Terrace Trellis at Penn National Golf Course Community in Fayetteville (Franklin County) on September 13 for the annual Fall Partnership Meeting. The purpose of this meeting (and the one in the fall) is to bring together all partners and interested parties to build relationships and collaborations.

This year’s fall meeting continued the focus on local water quality and watershed health, which the Partnership began during the spring 2019 meeting and will continue to highlight through other events in the coming years.

Presentations from the event can be viewed here:
Meeting Overview and Public-Private Partnerships for Clean Water from Katie Hess of the South Mountain Partnership and Allyson Gibson of Lancaster Clean Water Partners
Mapping for Water Quality from Katie Walker of the Chesapeake Conservancy
Programs for Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) from Yvonne Lemelle and Jessica Trimble from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

You can also read a recap of the meeting’s focus on water resources, written by Carolyn Seibert-Drager, Co-Chair of the South Mountain Partnership Communications Subcommittee, here.


About the meeting: Twice annually (Spring and Fall), the Partnership holds a Partnership-wide meeting in which all partners and interested parties are invited to come together and build relationships and collaborations. These meetings are a chance to:

  • Connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learning more about the initiative and on-going projects;
  • Build and strengthen a network amongst organizations working throughout the region;
  • Spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries;
  • Help partners understand opportunities to engage in the on-going work of the Partnership;
    and allow partners to help define the direction of the Partnership.

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