Sept. 8 Public’s Chance To Guide Pottstown Economy

POTTSTOWN PA – Community leaders want to know what you’d do if you were in charge of growing the local economy. What changes would you make? What businesses would you attract? Where you locate new merchants, and why?

Your chance to tell them arrives Sept. 8 (2011; Thursday), when the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee conducts a public meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Pottstown High School, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown PA, to ask for comments and input on helping to grow commerce across the greater Pottstown area.

The committee includes representatives of Lower Pottsgrove, Douglass, East Coventry, New Hanover, North Coventry, Upper Pottsgrove, and West Pottsgrove (PA) townships as well as the borough of Pottstown. During the spring it hired a Maryland-based economic and planning consulting firm, TischlerBise, for a market assessment and fiscal impact study intended to determine how townships can encourage economic development without competing against the borough.

TischlerBise has already surveyed local consumers and business owners for their thoughts; the meeting will be the latest means of fact-finding among constituencies the company may not have yet reached, Montgomery County planner Darlene Wynne indicated in an e-mail Thursday (Sept. 1, 2011). “We are looking to get the word out to as many people as possible and invite them to attend,” Lower Pottsgrove Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott added in an earlier e-mail.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting. For more information on the study or the event, call Wynne at 610-278-3748.