A new committee that will focus specifically on bolstering economic growth and attracting new businesses has been formed in Newtown Township
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors recently approved the creation of a 10-member Economic Development Committee. The goal of the committee is to improve economic growth while enhancing the quality of life for residents, according to officials.
Ryan Gallagher will represent the township Board of
Supervisors on the committee. Other members include: Dick Weaver; Mick Petrucci; Dave
DePetris; Brian Jeter; Karen Miller; John
Coffman; Gerry Couch; George Beuschold; and Jack Brod.
The committee is tasked with identifying and attracting new businesses that will create jobs and augment the tax base as well as working with existing businesses to improve and expand commerce in town.
The committee will also work to identify development and redevelopment opportunities, as well as other improvement projects that will improve the local economic climate.
According to a plan approved by the supervisors, the committee will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Identify all parcels of land that are undeveloped and assemble all relevant information about the parcels, including value, zoning, environmental, uses, infrastructure, etc.·
- Identify all parcels of land that could potentially be the target of private or publicly led redevelopment efforts and assemble all relevant information about the parcels, including value, zoning, environmental, uses, infrastructure, etc.
- Identify potential public and private projects that could promote economic development in the township. (E.g. parking garage, park, etc.)
- Identify every business in the township and maintain a directory of such information
- Compile items the items above into a map, as well as a database.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in various business sectors, and ways to improve those sectors that are underserved. Also, identify business sectors that are driving the economy in other areas and formulate a plan to attract those types of businesses to Newtown.
- Create a real estate database for inventory of land and commercial properties, and work worth Real Estate Brokers to identify ways to market properties and development opportunities in conjunction with the township.
- Conduct both resident and business surveys, through various means available to the township, to help identify community needs and desires not currently available. Identify economic incentives available through the township, county, state, and federal government to attract development and redevelopment within the township.
- Market and promote Newtown Township through the use of various means available to the township for the purpose of attracting new businesses, industry, and tourism.
- Work with the township administration and Board of Supervisors to identify improvements in zoning, planning, permitting, and other areas relevant to the promotion of economic development within the township.
- Assist current and future businesses with understanding and complying with township regulations to help bolster business activity and improve the relationship between the township and the private sector