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Economic Development

A Healthy Business Climate

Effecting Change to Create a Thriving Region

Small steps leading to a tremendous return are happening in the tri-county region. The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce represents 470+ members and the total of 20,000+ employees that they represent. Growth and economic development take time. Our communities change – are you from this area? Does your hometown look like it did when you were growing up?

Organizations throughout the tri-county region are supporting these efforts to attract businesses, industries, and entrepreneurs to the tri-county area.

We have plenty of assets to be proud of! We have a very rich history in all three counties of this region. We have tried to highlight features that impact successful economic development – great schools including higher education, arts and culture, access to health care, a wide variety of cultural experiences and recreation opportunities.

Unique resources are also available; two community airports are located in our region, the Exelon-Limerick Generating Station is employing hundreds of workers as they generate energy for our local communities. Many of our local municipalities and their residents and businesses are serviced by the infrastructure of waste water plants. This region also benefits from its location. Close proximity to major highways and access to transportation resources and interstates is just one more feature that makes this a prime location for development.

This access to resources and infrastructure has attracted manufacturing to this region. There are manufacturers employing your family, friends, and neighbors. These manufacturers are making products that are being distributed all over the world. Several of our local manufacturers are making goods that you come in contact with on a daily basis and we should be proud of the industry and the impact that we have on a global economy.

If you would like to become more involved we have highlighted organizations promoting our historic downtowns and the organization specifically focusing on economic development in the Borough of Pottstown – the community in our territory with the largest population.

Building a Better Boyertown

Boyertown, in Berks County, is striving to encourage economic development in order to support the local community. One of the organizations involved in that development is Building a Better Boyertown (BBB). This not-for-profit organization is devoted to community improvement, gaining much needed input from community organizations, businesses, residents, and municipal officials.

Formed in 2002, BBB has a vision to focus on downtown revitalization. Funding for this revitalization project was received from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and private donors.

Through hard work and dedication of the BBB staff and volunteers, the maintenance of Boyertown’s historical heritage promotes and attracts people to the community. They focus on business enrollment and retention and on providing technical assistance and grant opportunities for property and business owners in the Main Street District to make facade improvements enhancing the town's Victorian architecture.

BBB feels that the direct route to keeping Boyertown a special place is by preserving the unique historical heritage. The BBB website states our charming town embraces the arts and the timeless quality of fine craftsmanship along with our Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage. Destination Boyertown provides a memorable experience like nowhere else.

 

Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc.

Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. (PAID, Inc.) promotes commercial and industrial development in the Pottstown Area.

PAID, Inc. is constantly working with the Borough of Pottstown, Montgomery County, private economic development organizations and the business community to provide opportunities to improve the local economy. The Borough of Pottstown’s growth inspires other local communities to promote development.

PAID, Inc. has published the digital “e-zine” Momentum quarterly beginning in 2014 on behalf of Partners for Success. Through a collaboration of organizations with the common desire to do a better job of getting the word out about the many positive activities going on in the Pottstown Area. PAID, Inc. was able to fulfill some of their objectives for the year including building pride, spirit and engagement, and by extension, attracting others to visit and join the community.

Projects that PAID, Inc. has been working on include the proposal of The Gateway Tourism & Recreation District and the Keystone Employment & Economic Plan (KEEP). The Gateway Tourism & Recreation District will appeal to visitors and a broad segment of the area population seeking active and passive recreation, culture, history and tourism related activities. KEEP’s goals are to bring jobs to the area, create an employment center, and attract developers to areas that are not currently developed.

www.paidinc.org

 

Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority

Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority, or PDIDA, is an organization that manages and coordinates activities as well as promotes the business district in Downtown Pottstown. Although PDIDA supports all economic growth and activities going on in the Borough of Pottstown, their main focus is Downtown Pottstown. The most important goal that PDIDA feels is essential to their cause is to keep the Downtown clean, safe and inviting to prospective newcomers.

PDIDA is made up of volunteer citizens, business owners, and property owners who enhance and promote the Downtown District. This group of volunteers meets every second Monday of the month, and each meeting is open to the public. PDIDA relies solely on the work of its volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for carrying out the overall mission of fostering a safe and welcoming Downtown. The hope of this mission is to create sustainability for businesses and organizations. Along with these other responsibilities, PDIDA promotes new businesses. On their website, www.downtownpottstown.org, you can discover more information about what this organization does to make Downtown Pottstown a thriving community.


 

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TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce

152 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone: 610.326.2900