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GOVERNMENT > BOARDS & COMMISSIONS > REVITALIZATION BOARD
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REVITALIZATION BOARD

Meets:  

Revitalization Board -  2nd Thurs.  5:00 PM

Revitalization - Design Committee - 1st Monday. 5:00 PM

Revitalization - Communications Committee - 1st Thurs. 5:00 PM

Revitalization - Economic Development- 1st Wed 5:00 PM 

 

Purpose:

The Doylestown Revitalization Board is one of the many volunteer boards and commissions that assist Borough Council in serving our community. The DRB focuses its effort on the areas of communication, design, and economic development. These three committees generally meet  once a month. The full 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.

 Members:

 

DRB CHAIR:  RON STROUSE

DRB VICE-CHAIR:   MICHAEL LOUGHRAN

 

DESIGN               

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1st Monday - 5:00 p.m.

 

1st Wednesday - 5:00 p.m.

Rick Brown (Chair)

 

Andy Beck

Andy Happ         

 

Rick Brown

Kat Landis           

 

Jim Litts

Jim Litts

 

Michael Loughran

Rick Lyons          

 

Rick Lyons

Dick Patterson                  

 

Otto Mills (Chair)

 

 

Dick Patterson

 

 

Kimberly Stever

COMMUNICATION

 

Ron Strouse

1st Thursday - 5:00 p.m.

 

Joan Doyle (DBCA Liaison

Patricia Keppler

 

 

Kathleen Landis

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE              

Michael Loughran

 

Meet as Needed

Nancy McHale

 

Chairperson      

Otto Mills

 

Vice-Chairperson

Nancy O’Brien (Chair)

 

Committee Chairpersons

Lois Opdyke

 

 

Ron Strouse

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Nick Chubb (C.B. School District Liaison)

 

Meet as Needed

 

 

Chairperson

 

 

Vice-Chairperson

 

 

John Davis

 

 

Councilperson Kevin Kelly


DOYLESTOWN REVITALIZATION BOARD GOALS FOR 2013


DESIGN COMMITTEE

1.    Explore issues of reuse of the existing Courthouse and other County facilities
2.    Future suggestions for PennDOT Site (passive recreation/green space)

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

1.    Continue as editorial liaison to the Borough Bulletin
2.    Continue to play an active role promoting Doylestown in regional markets
3.    Connect our renter population to needed community information
4.    Update brochures and packets in a timely manner
5.    Promote community participation in D-Mail, Twitter, and other social media
6.    Explore development of an informational kiosks

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1.    Continue to support measures that promote pedestrian safety
2.    Form stronger bond with the downtown businesses
3.    Strengthen  the  positive  link  between  the  town  center  and  surrounding neighborhoods
4.    Support the Dart Bus and the Cultural Loop
5.    Discuss balance of uses in the Central Business District

HISTORY

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. 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 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.

ORGANIZATION

The 2013 Doylestown Revitalization Board consists of 15 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.

The Personnel Committee of Borough Council interviews the applicants, and the DRB chairperson and vice chairperson are invited to participate.  A selection is made from the applicants and he/she is then presented to Borough Council to finalize the appointment.

A Borough Council Liaison acts as advisor to the Board. In order to strengthen the avenues of communication and cooperation among organizations within the community, representatives from the Central Bucks School District, Delaware Valley College, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance, and C.B. Cares serve as liaisons to the Revitalization Board.


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