About 18 months after Lancaster City's Mayor's Office of Special Events merged with local arts advocacy organization LancasterARTS, leaders announced the formation of the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion.
"It became clear that there is a need for an organization to market the City as a visitor destination," Jennifer Baker, director of the organization that will now be known as LOOP, said in a news release accompanied by a video explaining the transition. "Our office will continue to produce special events like First Friday, Music Friday, Celebrate Lancaster, Red Rose Run and the Holidays. We will also continue to coordinate City services for events and manage the permitting process for the use of public space."
"Building on that, we will also begin to market the City to visitors locally and regionally and manage visitor experiences for our guests — this includes developing a new visitor web site, www.VisitLancasterCity.com, a new visitors guide for the City and starting 2015 we will be managing the Visitors Center located in Penn Square," Baker continued.
Baker also announced that the organization will move from 120 N. Duke St. to the third floor of Old City Hall in Penn Square the week of Aug. 18. The new office's phone number and email addresses will remain the same and, while its internal office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., it will be open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — the current hours of the Visitors Center.