Commissioners Announce Municipal Economic Development Initiative
During their August 15, 2012, business meeting, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners announced a new initiative that will focus County resources on ensuring the continued and expanded economic prosperity of Bucks County and its 54 municipalities. Bucks County’s adopted economic development goals were established in the 2010 report of the Economic Development Advisory Board, An Action Plan for Progress. One of the six goals - Engaging our Municipal Partners – is the foundation for this new program.
From rural farming communities in Upper Bucks County to the crossroad shopping centers and borough Main Streets in Central Bucks to the older industrial areas in Lower Bucks, each community needs to look ahead at the businesses and enterprises that create jobs, community character, and the ability to provide needed community services for residents. This is a voluntary program for the Municipalities, where the county will assist municipal governments by devoting resources ensuring Bucks County’s continued economic vitality and growth.
“The gist of this effort is to change the mindset,” noted Commissioner Robert Loughery. “Now it’s time we look at another way to lead. It’s voluntary, but it gives us the chance to work with all 54 municipalities, if they ask.”
The hallmarks of the program include guidance from the staff of the Planning Commission in land use, data and commerce; services such as transportation studies and demographics analysis; access to grant information and application assistance; and information sharing.
The Commissioners recognize that Bucks County’s economy is tied to national and international conditions, but understand that does not mean it is time to sit back and wait for global changes.
For additional information or to sign up for the Municipal Economic Development Initiative program, please contact the Planning Commission at 215-345-3400 or email@example.com.