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Letter From The Executive Director

Dear Manayunk Business Owners,

I would like to invite you to become a member of the Manayunk Development Corporation. MDC was established in 1992 with the mission of promoting business and economic development in the commercial areas along Main Street, Cresson Street and the side streets in our district. We believe that by sharing our our assets, knowledge, and ingenuity, we as a business district become resilient, forward thinking and prosperous.

Joining MDC gives you the opportunity to access additional resources, maximize your efficiency and increase your productivity by teaming with others in our district. Consider your MDC membership a way to leverage your individual funds and creativity with others to generate results and greater impact.

The list of benefits that MDC provides its members is constantly growing (the full list of benefits is below). As a member you will receive regular updates about MDC services, public safety, promotions, area events, and funding opportunities. Membership allows you active participation in the "Manayunk Brand". There are dozens of ways to participate, and best of all you can participate as fully as your schedule allows. You may simply want to receive member updates and emails or you may want to become active on a committee or board level. MDC welcomes you and your input and you can reach us by telephone, email or at scheduled meetings. Membership in MDC provides a unique opportunity to collaborate and partner with other businesses to help shape not only your individual business but the entire district.

Below is a list of membership privileges and an application form. I look forward to working with you in 2018, and remain committed to being responsive to you. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns: my direct line is 267-270-3074, email: .


Jane Lipton
Executive Director

Membership Privileges


  • Voting Rights to elect the MDC Board of Directors
  • Opportunities to serve on merchant and event committees
  • Opportunities to run for Board of Directors positions
  • Access to Board Members
  • Advocate for your business and other businesses in the district with city agencies


  • Discounts on monthly passes at MDC/Parkway lots:
    • 4000 Main Street
    • Venice Island
    • Green Lane
  • Discounted parking validation for your customers

Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations

  • MDC markets the district as a destination both hyper-locally and throughout the Philadelphia Regional Market
  • Primary listing on the Business Directory with your business logo and link to your website
  • Market and promote individual businesses through our online and social media platforms (including boosting Facebook posts through's page for a higher reach
  • Discounted advertising opportunities in Manayunk Magazine and other publications
  • Public Relations assistance and inclusion in MDC PR efforts
  • Opportunities for inclusion in monthly newsletter/e-blasts

Special Events

  • MDC plans, funds, and executes major events that draw thousands of people to the entire district
  • Members can join committees, help effectively plan these events with MDC staff, and have the opportunity to participate at a free or discounted rate
  • Member businesses can purchase their spaces for the Arts Festival and the StrEAT Food Festival
  • MDC also provides funding for small events that include 5 or more member businesses

Education & Office Services

  • Tools and education to promote your business
  • Introduce you to other businesses for networking and cross-promotional purposes
  • Technical assistance
  • Graphic design assistance
  • Social media assistance
  • Public relations assistance
  • Use of MDC's resources (Printer/Scanner/Copier/etc.)