PAID Honors Attorney Koury for Decades of Service

POTTSTOWN PA – Long-time Pottstown lawyer John A. “Jack” Koury Jr. (at top), a man known for his experience as both an attorney and local real estate developer, has stepped down from his position as the official solicitor of Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc. PAID, as it’s often called, was organized in 1965 to develop, coordinate and implement economic development strategies for the borough.

Koury helped with that mission and far more, PAID’s executive committee and board of directors noted in a Monday (Oct. 12, 2020) announcement.

A principal in the O’Donnell, Weiss, and Mattei law firm with offices in Pottstown and Phoenixville, Koury “has volunteered his time and provided exemplary counsel” to PAID for decades, its statement said, “through a series of multiple transitions of its corporate structure and areas of focus.” During each, it added, “Jack was there guiding with his ever-steady hand and legal expertise.”

Over the years, Koury served in multiple roles as PAID’s president, a board member, and its board solicitor.

“Perhaps most notably,” it said, “he was responsible for writing the covenants for, and was instrumental in the development and sale of, the Pottstown Airport Business Campus now known as the Circle of Progress. Several of the borough’s thriving businesses now call it home. He also “was a key voice in the execution of the memorandum of understanding that laid the groundwork for PAID’s current organizational structure.”

The board acknowledged its “debt of gratitude” to Koury “for serving selflessly with sincerity and integrity.”

Pottstown Borough Council, during its Oct. 7 Committee of the Whole meeting, “officially recognized” Koury “for the outstanding service he has provided the borough” and as PAID’s solicitor. He will be “truly missed by the hundreds of people who have worked with him, and by the thousands of people in the community where he has served with uncommon respect, integrity and admiration,” its resolution stated.

Koury’s departure from PAID also was honored earlier by citations from the Pennsylvania State Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.