The Delaware Valley region’s best in the areas of transportation, environment, economic development and land use were honored December 12 during the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) 27th Annual Board Retreat in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Each year, DVRPC applauds leaders and programs that have contributed to moving Greater Philadelphia toward “a progressive and economically sound future.”
Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, joined county Chief Clerk/Executive Planning Commission Director Lynn T. Bush to accept the DVRPC’s “Regional Economic Development Program of the Year” for the Bucks County Municipal Economic Development Initiative.
The Bucks County Municipal Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) was created by the county commissioners in August 2012. The MEDI assists municipal governments by devoting resources to revitalize downtowns, redevelop brownfields, enhance existing technology centers, support small scale businesses, improve older shopping centers and food enterprises, and encourage transit-oriented development. The staff of the Bucks County Planning Commission provides guidance, data, and expertise on commerce, zoning, land use planning, smart growth initiatives, transportation, community goals, and community character to municipalities that request help.
“The credit goes to our Planning Commission staff for taking on the challenge we (commissioners board) gave them to implement the recommendations of the (former) Bucks County Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB),” Chairman Loughery stated, thanking the DVRPC board and fellow elected officials from surrounding counties for the recognition.
In the first year of MEDI, Bucks County has worked with 26 municipalities, providing planning services, access to grant information and best practices, and applicable steps to make the communities vibrant places to work, live and visit. Projects in the county’s townships and boroughs include Main Street initiatives, parking analysis, transportation corridor plans, riverfront development standards, and more.
For information about the county Municipal Economic Development Initiative, please visit the Planning Commission page of the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, or click on Quick Links.