As another round of winter snow blanketed the Newtown campus of the Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW delivered their annual State of the County remarks to business leaders of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce (LBCCC). The breakfast event in the College’s Gallagher Room was titled: “Bucks County Now and in the Future.”
“We’re in a good position,” Chairman Loughery told a gathering that included Bucks County Community College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt and LBCCC President Dan Bates. “We have come into a stronger position this year, but we are not without challenges. Getting here has been a collaborative process, and it’s paid off. I want to let everyone know that.”
Chairman Loughery detailed multiple economic development initiatives in the county, many of which fall under the umbrella Bucks2Invest. He spoke of the Commissioners’ Economic Development Council (CEDC) and the implementation of suggestions from the former Commissioners’ Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB). He also reported on the progress of the county’s Municipal Economic Development Initiative (MEDI), which is currently working with almost 30 of the county’s 54 municipalities on matters ranging from parking to redevelopment.
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Commissioner Marseglia addressed the growing problem of heroin and opiate abuse in Bucks County. She gave an impassioned plea to heighten awareness of the issue and to look for signs in the community. She also announced a partnership with the Bucks County District Attorney office to create telephone and e-mail tip lines for heroin issues. The number is 215-345-DRUG and the e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The County also is working on a text tip line. Commissioner Marseglia also wants to share a public service announcement video about heroin; it is linked here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19ftxJOAG9w
Commissioner Martin, the longest tenured commissioner in Bucks County’s 332-year history, dedicated his remarks to the construction of the new Bucks County Justice Center, the re-purposing of the current Courthouse/Administration building and several other issues related to county business. He said the goal of more than 500 court-related employees moving to the new Justice Center during late 2014 remains intact. He spoke of the County’s highly successful Open Space/Farmland preservation programs and encouraged business owners to participate in the Veterans ID Discount Card Program.