Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. Debuts New E-Zine In Collaboration With Major Borough Stakeholders

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WELCOME TO MOMENTUM, a quarterly publication from Partners for Success, a collaborative of organizations with the common objective of celebrating the stories that make us proud of Pottstown. We salute the residents, business owners, and other stakeholders making Pottstown better every day. In Momentum, you’ll discover stories about business development; recreation and healthy lifestyles; education; and arts and culture.

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To read the first edition, click here:  http://www.paidinc.org/momentum.php

Scroll down to Latest Edition:  Spring 2014 – Download (PDF file)

To visit PAID’s website, click here:  http://www.paidinc.org/

We give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for the collaboration between stakeholders and for getting serious about marketing Pottstown to potential businesses and investors.  This is a welcome step…

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The Three Statistics That Every Downtown Should Live By

Editor’s note:  This is phenomenal advice for all downtown shopping districts and their umbrella organizations.

Lancaster and its James Street Improvement District are prime examples of living by these three simple rules!  I suggest a field trip for any struggling downtown merchants or downtown organizations who want to see what is possible!

I call this the 7-8-7 rule because of the three most important statistics that make a downtown a successful and vibrant destination. Think of your favorite destination downtowns. Are they beautiful? Do they feel safe? Are there things to do after 6:00 pm?

Read more: http://www.rogerbrooks.org/2012/04/30/the-three-downtown-statistics/

Two Projects On Tap For Pottstown’s Southern Gateway

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There are two projects being proposed that would have a significant impact on Pottstown‘s southern gateway, aka Hanover Street.

The first proposed project is the construction of a LEED certified building on a vacant lot that once housed a gas station.  The lot is in the flood plain and needs further remediation but the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation is looking to build a 5,000-square-foot building on the lot as their permanent home in downtown Pottstown.  The Health and Wellness Foundation currently rents space in the former First Fidelity Building at the corner of High and Hanover Streets. 

The Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation was created when Pottstown Memorial Medical Center was sold to Community Health Systems (CHS) of Brentwood, Tennessee.  The foundation has given various borough and greater Pottstown organizations millions of dollars in grant money since its inception. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center is Pottstown’s largest employer.  Since the sale to CHS, the seven-story hospital has been remodeled and services have been expanded.

The second project is the conversion of the former home of AAA into administrative offices and classrooms for Montgomery County Community College.  The West Campus of Montgomery County Community College has been a great asset to Pottstown.  It provides affordable education for Tri-County residents and has already expanded to High Street.  When the original building was outgrown, a second site on High Street was created from an adaptive reuse project using an old warehouse.  Now the college is looking for more space as it continues to grow. 

The building being eyes for redevelopment is on S. Hanover Street and formerly housed AAA, Domino’s Pizza and an employment agency.  It has been vacant since AAA moved their headquarters to Limerick Township.

Education and medicine are being used successfully by many communities as vehicles for economic development and revitalization.  These two projects would leverage existing entities within Pottstown Borough and strengthen their ties to our community.

I am unaware that Pottstown has any LEED certified buildings within its borders.  The construction of this new facility could be the beginning of more LEED certified buildings in our community.

Lansdale Resident Name First Executive Director Of Reorganized Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc.

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POTTSTOWN, PA, NOVEMBER 2, 2011: Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. (PAID) has announced the appointment of Steven Bamford as its new Executive Director. Bamford’s first day will be November 10, 2011.

A resident of Lansdale, Bamford has over 20 years of economic development experience in local government as well as the private sector – since February 2010, he has been Co-Owner/Vice President of TCB Marketing, a results-oriented marketing, media and management consulting firm.

Additionally, Bamford served as a Manager, then Senior Manager, at Ernst and Young from 2002 to 2010. At Ernst and Young, Bamford was responsible for assisting Fortune 1000 and middle market clients making investment and location decisions in the US and abroad by identifying, negotiating and securing incentives from federal, state and local governments.

Prior to his private sector experience, Bamford worked in various positions in the public sector. From 1997 to 2002, Bamford held dual roles as the Vice President of Operations with the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and served as the Executive Director of the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority. In this capacity, Bamford managed the day-to-day operations of these organizations and their real estate redevelopment projects serving as “developer of last resort” for the most challenging, underutilized and functionally obsolete properties. Bamford also assisted businesses and developers in determining feasibility, site selection, and obtaining funding for projects. Some of these projects included the Bridgeworks, Portland Place, Plaza at PPL Center and Lehigh Landing.

From 1993 to 1996, Bamford served as the Vice President for Special Projects with the New Castle County (DE) Economic Development Corporation where he assisted with site selection and provided support for companies seeking incentives, zoning or development plan approval for projects. Also, Bamford served as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Reading from 1991-1993 where he performed financial analysis, evaluated development and operating budgets and made funding recommendations to City Council on requests from businesses and developers for assistance through the City’s revolving loan fund.

“Steve’s experience, energy and mix of public sector and private sector experience will be a positive impact to the Borough of Pottstown” said Jason Bobst, President of the Board of Directors.

“We were especially impressed with Steve’s research into the Economic Development Strategic Plan and the most recent Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel Service Plan of 2009. He presented a possible entry plan into this new position from the priorities listed in these documents” added Reed Lindley, Superintendent of the Pottstown School District.

Bamford becomes the first Executive Director of PAID, Inc. since its re-birth as part of the Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel Service Plan recommendation for a single-source entity for economic development in the Borough of Pottstown.

Bamford received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business Administration from Ursinus College and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

PAID, Inc. selected Bamford from a field of 37 applicants.

Sly Fox Brewery To Open Production Facility In Pottstown’s Circle Of Progress

Sly Fox Brewing recently announced that it will be opening a production brewery in the Circle of Progress Airport Business Center in Pottstown.  Sly Fox already has their executive offices and warehouse space there.  The new brewery will allow Sly Fox to triple their current production.

Sly Fox opened their first brewpub in Phoenixville in 1995.

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Tool Manufacturer Creates High Quality Products In Pottstown’s Circle Of Progress

Pro Tool creates high quality tools for a variety of uses.  The company, located in the Circle of Progress Business Center, is next to the Pottstown Municipal Airport.  Originally started in Boyertown (2000), the company moved their corporate offices to Pottstown two years ago.  Earlier this year the manufacturing was moved from Honey Brook to Pottstown so the entire operation would be under one roof.

There are 300 Pro Tool dealers in the U.S.  Locally you can find their “Made in America” high-quality products at Hollenbach Home Center, French Creek Outfitters, Ludwig’s Corner Hardware, Eddinger Hardware, Bortz’s Chain Saw Shop, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.  Products and catalogs can also be ordered online at: http://www.protoolindustries.net

With Pro Tool and Sly Fox moving their manufacturing and brewing operations to the Circle of Progress, Pottstown is getting an economic boost from these two recent additions.

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