Bloomsburg is the county seat of Columbia County. It also holds the distinction of being the only incorporated town in the state of Pennsylvania. The relaxed rural atmosphere characteristic of central Pennsylvania is balanced by stimulating cultural and recreational activities.
development was closely associated with the Native American period of
American history. A legacy of colorful Indian names, such as Susquehanna,
Catawissa and Nescopeck, are among the reminders of the original inhabitants
in the area.
The central business district has experienced an economic and aesthetic revitalization. It has become a model to other communities involved in similar activities. A section of the town has been named a National Historical District, opening the way for the refurbishing of its fine residential architecture. The Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Division also received two awards from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center for its efforts relating to community activities, cultural diversity, community pride and economic development.
The Boy and Girl Scouts,
Lions Club, BPW, Kiwanis, Rotary and Soroptimists are among the 150 clubs
and organizations represented throughout the community. Containing more
the 30,000 volumes, the Bloomsburg Public Library is easily accessible
in the downtown and recently underwent a large expansion project to meet
the needs of our local community.
The annual Town Park
Festival, Covered Bridges Festival, Renaissance Jamboree and Bloomsburg
Theatre Ensemble, which presents a yearly schedule of plays, greatly contribute
to the town's rich cultural diversity. In existence for more than 144
years, the Bloomsburg Fair brings more than a half-million individuals
to our area every year. Held at the end of September, the annual event
includes a wealth of attractions, entertainment, rides and food for everyone.
Numerous other events are also held at the fairgrounds throughout the
The Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Southern, Millville and Benton Area school districts serve the area with fine academic and vocational learning experiences. The Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School provides additional opportunities. Several private schools complement the educational offerings available in the surrounding area.
The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is made up of more than 400 member businesses. It includes firms from the greater Bloomsburg area and surrounding communities, including Berwick, Danville, Benton, Orangeville, Millville, Mifflinville, Elysburg and Catawissa. The Chamber was established in July 1941. In August 1941, it became a member of the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, the local Chamber celebrated its 60th anniversary. It has grown to become one of the largest affiliations of its kind in the Susquehanna Valley. With a competent Board of Directors, dedicated staff and working divisions of Community and Economic Development, Finance, Administration and Governmental Affairs, Marketing and a Downtown Division, the Chamber continues to address the important issues facing its business members and their future existence in our area and the state.
A beautiful, safe
and healthy environment combined with the benefits of a diverse and progressive
business community, great location, cultural tradition, quality education
and outdoor fun, make the Bloomsburg area an ideal place to visit, raise
a family or operate a profitable business.
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