ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
Economic Development Advisory Board - 2nd Thurs. 5:00 PM
The Doylestown Economic Development Advisory Board is one of the many volunteer boards and commissions that assist Borough Council in serving our community. The EDAB focuses its effort on the areas of communication, design, and economic development. The board meets the second Thursday of evey month, at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers at Borough Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Residents, business people, and visitors are encouraged to attend.
MISSION STATEMENT: TO DEVELOP SERVICES AND STRATEGIES THAT PRESERVE AND ENHANCE DOYLESTOWN AS A VITAL COMMUNITY FOR ALL WHO LIVE, WORK, OR VISIT HERE.
Otto Mills, Chairperson
Mayor Ron Strouse
Discover Doylestown Liasions:
We take pride that people of all ages walk, meet, and gather in the downtown. This was not always the case. As recently as the late 1980’s, foot traffic at night and on the weekends was sparse and patronage at restaurants equally so. The County Theater lost its customer base to the multi-screen cinema south of town and even closed for a time in 1990 and shortly thereafter. Shoppers gravitated to newly constructed malls and we witnessed declining retail businesses and vacant storefronts in the town center. Throughout the economic downswing, Bucks County government, the largest single employer within the Borough, helped sustain the economy.
In June of 1993, Council appointed 19 volunteers to form an independent group called the Doylestown Revitalization Board. Now the Economic Development Advisory Board, one of this organization’s essential functions was to promote an on-going sustainable economic and community development strategy. Simultaneously, Council funded the position of Main Street Manager, whose job was to assist the Board and serve as primary writer of grant applications for the Borough.
Doylestown became the recipient of several community development grants from the Commonwealth, which were for specific use in the central commercial business district. Historic street lights were purchased. Funds were made available to downtown business owners for façade improvements. The Revitalization Board received regular reports of vacant offices and stores and, with the Main Street Manager, actively recruited new businesses to fill those spaces. Gradually, new ventures began to appear.
Individual property owners and other organizations also began to undertake projects that directly contributed to the renewal effort. The Doylestown Community and Business Alliance, now Discover Doylestown, instituted the Hanging Basket Program. The County Theater was leased and then purchased and organized as a not for profit group. It began to establish a loyal membership and renovate and restore the building. Established businesses located along the Borough gateways and in the shopping centers grew stronger.
As a result of combined efforts of borough government, individuals, businesses and other organizations, the center of Doylestown once again enjoys a mix of offices, eating establishments, small businesses and representatives of major chains. In 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Doylestown as one of only 12 towns in America designated as “Distinctive Destinations”. The Borough was selected for its dedication to historic preservation, it’s architectural and cultural assets, and it’s excellent management of growth and redevelopment. The Borough continues to receive regional and national attention.
The Economic Development Advisory Board consists of 8 volunteers who serve three year terms. When a vacancy occurs, public notices advertise the opening. Interested parties are invited to submit a letter of intent and resume to the borough manager at Borough Hall, 57 W. Court Street.
A Borough Council member acts as liasion to the Board, as do representatives of Discover Doylestown.
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