We are Hourglass - Dedicated to protecting Lancaster County’s unique character for generations to come.
We exist to provide information, encourage collaboration, and inspire innovative ways of thinking and, in doing so, protect the County’s unique character and enviable Quality of Life.
Observation and Research
We pay attention to trends happening in our community, throughout the state, and beyond that might affect Lancaster’s future. This information is gathered through research, observation, and conversation with our partners.
Consulting Leaders and Informing the Public
Through our forums and publications, we inform the public in key Quality of Life areas. We also work with leaders in Lancaster County to empower them to make informed decisions.
Encouraging Collaboration and Innovative Thinking
Complex legacy issues require coalitions of people and organizations to tackle them. We connect stakeholders and decision makers and create the space for innovative problem solving to take place.
As our County grows, we are committed to protecting what makes Lancaster special: its farms, rich culture, and historic cities, towns, and boroughs.
Lancaster County is growing. We are focused on making sure that growth continues in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way.
To protect the County’s unique character and enviable Quality of Life.
Hourglass provides local reliable information to Lancaster County leaders, ensuring informed decisions, and making Lancaster a better place to live and work.
“Hourglass is a source of fresh ideas and discussion. They provide great services to the City of Lancaster, both as a source of information and best practices.”
J. Richard Gray, Mayor
City of Lancaster, PA
We believe that doing things right and making the right decisions require thorough examination, in-depth research, objective analysis, and independent thinking.
Hourglass was founded in 1997 to inform, enlighten, and encourage decision-makers so that Lancaster County can have growth and economic prosperity without losing its unique character and enviable quality of life.
Hourglass focuses on a wide range of complex, legacy issues that impact Lancaster County both now and for years to come. We function as an independent entity, providing objective information and fresh ideas, conducting research and analysis, and encouraging collaboration among local governments and organizations to help them better meet the challenges of a changing world.
The Legacy Model
Some decisions are so important that the wrong solutions can leave a lasting negative effect on Lancaster County. Hourglass has created a model to help identify critical issues, provide information and perspective to stimulate discussion, and create an environment for informed decision making and collaboration.