The Ardmore Initiative’s mission is to create and maintain a thriving, economically viable downtown business district for the benefit of merchants, residents, and visitors. The Ardmore Initiative achieves this by providing regular sidewalk cleaning, installing streetscape furniture, planting seasonal flowers, offering business assistance services, and advocating for the interests of business and property owners.

The Destination Ardmore website is maintained by the Ardmore Initiative.

Founded as the Ardmore Main Street Program in 1988, the Ardmore Initiative has a long history here in Downtown Ardmore. In 1993, the Ardmore Initiative was designated as a municipal business district authority by Lower Merion Township. The Ardmore Initiative’s charter was renewed in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013.
The Ardmore Initiative provides services within the Downtown Ardmore Business District. The boundaries span from Greenfield Avenue to Church Street on Lancaster Avenue, and include the business-oriented side streets south of Ardmore Station.

Map of Downtown Ardmore Business District

The Ardmore Initiative administers the following programs:

  • Street Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Streetscape Improvements
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Economic Development
    • Facade Improvement Grant
    • Business Assistance Grant

The Ardmore Initiative is governed by a Board of Directors, 11 to 17 in number, representing the property owners and a cross-section of business interests. In addition, two representatives of Lower Merion’s Board of Commissioners and the Ardmore Initiative’s Solicitor serve as ex-officio members of the Board. The Board is nominated by the Ardmore Initiative and appointed by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners for 5-year terms. The staff of the Ardmore Initiative oversees day-to-day operations.

Executive Committee:
Nancy Scarlato, Chair
Joe Petrucci, Vice Chair
Lisa Burns, Secretary
Louis Barson, Treasurer

Board Members:
Harry Althouse
Jean Broillet
Michael A. Coughlan
Mark Curran
Kenneth Davis
Mack Emanuel
John Iannacone
Greg Romano
Meyer (Mike) Silver, Esq.

Christine Vilardo, Executive Director
Marie Suvansin, Assistant Executive Director
Nicole Ratke, Marketing Director
Linda Suter, Office Manager

Annual Reports: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004,
2003 (inc. Jan-Mar. 2004), 2002, 2001

Annual Audits: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Did you know that the Ardmore Initiative…

  • funds and coordinates streetscape beautification projects to enhance the aesthetic experience for those who live, work and visit our town?
  • funds and coordinates Ardmore’s “Clean and Green” program in order to maintain a clean and pleasant downtown for residents and business owners?
  • funds and creates marketing programs that increase sales for the diverse retail and service businesses in downtown Ardmore?
  • produces events designed to entertain residents and enhance the visibility of Ardmore and its businesses to visitors and shoppers?
  • funds a recruitment program targeted at bringing in diverse new retail businesses and restaurants?

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the Ardmore Initiative.


Current Sponsors:
Infiniti, Suburban Square, State Farm, PECO, Gerhard’s, Ardmore Toyota, 43 Cricket, Bryn Mawr Trust, Republic Bank, Ardmore Business Association, World Wide Stereo, Dranoff, Main Line Neighbors, Main Line Media News, Main Line Today