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
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
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
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.
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
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.