Revitalization Board - 2nd Thurs. 5:00 PM
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.
DRB VICE CHAIR:
COMMITTEES MEET ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 5:00 P.M.
- Rick Brown (Chair)
- Rick Lyons (Vice Chair)
- Barbara Healy
- Heather Mahaley (Vice Chair)
- Otto Mills (Chair)
- Ron Martin (Discover Doylestown Liaison)
- Derrick Morgan (Discover Doylestown Liaison)
- Patricia Keppler (Chair)
- Lois Opdyke (Vice Chair)
- Kimberly Stever
Meet as Needed
Meet as Needed
Councilperson Don Berk
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.
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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