Thrush to lead Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

By Mike Lewis
Participants practice blocking a door during the B.E.C.O.N. Active Shooter Training course in July at the BSR/Summit Point (W.Va.) Training Center. Participants were put through various scenarios to practice ways to react in an active shooter workplace situation.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Samuel J. Thrush has been chosen to lead Downtown Chambersburg Inc., an arm of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Thrush joined the chamber staff in mid-July as president of DCI, which is a nonprofit organization focusing on downtown revitalization through design, economic vitality, promotion and organization.

He previously worked in the Franklin County Planning Office and has more than seven years of experience in land-use planning and community development. He has spent the past five years serving on DCI’s board of directors as well as volunteering at events and participating on committees.

“I have always seen downtown as the heart and core of our greater community, and I’m eager to capitalize on my experience for this new position,” Thrush said in a news release announcing his appointment. “Our downtown offers people a sense of place, a crossroads of culture and transportation as well as opportunities for mixed use development, city living and traditional store fronts. I look forward to this new opportunity to work with the community and its stakeholders.”

Thrush recently graduated from Leadership Franklin County Community and in 2018, received the premier planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planning.

In 2016, Thrush was named the chamber’s volunteer of the year for outstanding service in the community.

In addition to serving with DCI, Thrush has spent time volunteering with the borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County Cyclists, North Square Farmers Market, United Way’s Stream Cleanups and Healthy Franklin County.

He is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in geography-land use and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. He is a native of Chambersburg and prior to graduating from Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Thrush earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

He and his wife, Jeana, have two children.