During these uncertain times, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau wishes to provide you with information and resources. Please check back regularly.

Franklin County Area Development Corportion (FCADC) is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on local employers and workers and is updating information as it is released from policymakers and healthcare professionals.

For more County and State information, please visit:

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) Board of Directors took action to make $61 Million available for working capital loans to small businesses.  Small businesses are defined as for-profit businesses with fewer than 100 employees (WORLDWIDE) at the time of application.  While not specified in the guidelines, the interest rate will be 0% except for Ag Producers, which shall have a rate of 2%. 

All applications need to be submitted by and through a certified area loan organization, which in the case of Franklin County is the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).  The FCADC office is working remotely, which will likely create some logistical challenges associated with the loan packaging, but their staff will be doing the best they can to mitigate them.

The program guidelines and the REQUIRED addendums are on the FCADC website at  If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please call the FCADC office.



The PA Chamber is making two urgent requests of businesses across Pennsylvania:

  1. We are imploring businesses that have access to or a supply of N95 masks, eye gear, medical gowns and medical gloves and do not anticipate the need to utilize these items in the near future to donate them to their local hospitals. At the moment, a shortage of these items is resulting in health care providers having to wear the same PPE for hours on end, heightening their risk of contracting the virus. If you are able to assist in this crucial request, please email Any questions may be directed to Joe Tibbs, President of HAPEvolve, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of HAP.
  2. We are urging all businesses that believe they are able to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact PA Chamber Government Affairs Director Kevin Sundayat 717 645-2071 or

Chambersburg Noon Time Lion’s Trout Derby

In order to protect the health and safety of our participants and volunteers, the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the 2020 Trout Derby. We expect to hold the 2021 Trout Derby on May 1 – 2 2021.

The list of rest areas with food, bathrooms and fuel are listed on the PA Turnpike website:  Other Interstates with open rest areas and outdoor restroom facilities is on 511PA. The following rest areas will be open for truck parking and will have outdoor restroom facilities available at each location:
• I-79 Crawford County NB/SB;
• I-79 Allegheny County NB;
• I-80 Venango County EB/WB;
• I-80 Centre County EB/WB;
• I-80 Montour County EB/WB;
• I-81 Luzerne County NB/SB;
• I-81 Cumberland County NB/SB.
All other state-owned welcome centers and rest areas are closed until further notice. This information can also be found on the PABEOC dashboard at


The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), provides critical working capital financing to small businesses locatedwithin the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). In Franklin County, the CEDO is FCADC.  For more, visit

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The Renfrew Institute has closed it’s grounds, visitors center, museum and offices. We will follow guidance from the CDC, state and local health and government authorities in making ongoing decisions. Updates will be posted on The Instsitute’s website and FB page.

Opening day for the state is now April 18th.
Changes, made by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, under direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, are intended to reduce large gatherings of people and the number of anglers traveling into regional areas, including Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

Check carts in and out via the sign-in sheet on back of the cart barn. Log tee times on the online sheet. Please wipe down Carts with disinfecting wipes before and after use.
Guests & General Public: $20 to play. Reserve tee time, tee sheet and pay online. Walking only. There will be a sign-in sheet on the “Wait Here” sign in front of the first tee. Please sign in.
We will monitor the course and tee sheet. We appreciate your support through theses times.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is “CARES Act.” After passing both legislative houses, President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday, March 27.

See a handout regarding the CARES Act is available here.

The full bill text is available here

A section by section breakdown is available here

A summary of the appropriations bill is available here.

CARES Act Summary U.S. Travel Association

Small Business Loan Guide Shared by American Hotel & Lodging Association

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is committed to monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation locally, sharing accurate information and working with local, state and federal agencies. The health of our community is our top priority, and our team is working hard to figure out how we can best serve you during this time. See more here at the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource page.

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, Shippensburg University is working to put in
place precautionary measures to keep our community safe, particularly as it pertains to
our upcoming events. As such, following the most current guidelines from Governor
Wolf and the CDC, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual
Regional Industry Roundtable. 


The Old Jail cleanup day scheduled for March 30 & 31 has been postponed. 

The Appalachian Trail, given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing.

ATC staff and Trail volunteers have been recalled from the A.T. and cannot maintain the footpath, trailheads, shelters and privies that may be heavily\ impacted by increased visitor use.The A.T. is not a separate reality from the communities in which hikers live – so, until the risk of spreading COVID-19 has reduced significantly, hiking on a heavily-trafficked trail like the A.T. potentially increases rather than reduces harm.

The ATC does not want to do too little, too late. We cannot close the Trail. We cannot physically bar access to trailheads or connecting trails. We can and do, however, urge everyone to please stay away from the Appalachian Trail until further notice.

Information provided for and signed off by Sandra Marra, President & CEO, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

For more on the ATC and COVID 19, check here.


PEMA (Pennsylania Emergency Management Association) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) are working to collect information from hotels interested in offering their lodging for lease should they be needed in this crisis. Here are two links to access forms to get their information and resources to these agencies:

Open Federal Information Here (FEMA)

Open State Information Here (PEMA)

Hotels for Hope, an initiative of the American Hotel Lodging Association, provides good information relative to the FEMA and PEMA uses of lodging facilities in relation to the COVID-19 cirsis.  Hotels For Hope

Organized by the Borough of Chambersburg, as of Tuesday, March 24, ten Chambersburg Area Churches have stepped forward to offer food supplies to any families that might become homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Borough has had a Pandemic Response plan in place for about 10 years now,” said Assistant Borough Manager David Finch, who acts as Emergency Management Coordinator during local emergencies. “One very important aspect of the plan was to prepare for citizens who become too sick to feed themselves or care for their families. We will coordinate with local churches to provide the food they might need.” Requests for aid may be routed to Mr. Finch, at (717) 660-2702. More here.

We just wanted to reach out and say thanks’ to all of our guest, who have truly become family, and have supported us.
We are going to close for take out until Thursday and open from 3 to 7 on Thursday through Saturday.  We will post the change immediately on our Facebook page and website.  Also, if you know of any family that is truly in need of something, please PM Jeremy or Del and if we can help, we will do what we can.  So again, a big thanks for to all of you who’ve been with us in the past, present and even to those of you who we meet in the near future.  We truly believe that this will make us stronger when we are allowed to serve you again and we are so excited for what the near future holds!!!!
 Blessings to all and with LOVE AND PEACE FROM OUR FATHER …

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Conococheague Institute
Spring Open House
Sunday, April 19
Mercersburg, PA

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50th Anniversary Earth Day 2020 – A Celebration of our Planet.

Saturday, April 25 – 10am – 3pm
Rain Date: May 2nd
At Fort Chambers Park, Chambersburg, PA