NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2003
APPROVAL OF THE APRIL MINUTES: Mr. Harwood moved to approve the minutes of April 3, 2003 as presented. Ms. Frederick seconded; the motion carried.
Present: Richard Weaver, Thomas Harwood, Judy Setar, Paul Salvatore, Paul Lewis, Hal Roberts, David Callahan, Don Harris, Jim Worthington, Linda Mitchell, Evan Lambros, Lisa Kruse, Marge Frederick, Jaime Weaver, George Stockburger IV, George Stockburger V, Miguel Sison, Rita Cummins Sappenfield, Michael O’Connor, Glenn Beasley, Stephen Schreiber, Belinda Buras
CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order.
Ms. Dunleavy noted that flyers were available near the registration area highlighting the JDNC website including the calendar of events: www.newtowncalendar.com. She said that businesses and organizations could submit event information to be posted on the website.
Mr. Salvatore said that Newtown Rotary would be holding a raffle, with a total of 300 tickets available. The grand prize would be $10,000 worth of travel anywhere in the world; other prizes include $3500 and $1500 in cash. Contact him for additional information.
CODES DEPARTMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPORT
Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for March 2003.
APPROVAL OF THE MARCH MINUTES: Mr. Salvatore moved to approve the minutes of March 6, 2003 as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried.
LOWER BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Lisa Kruse.
Ms. Kruse distributed a list of upcoming meetings and events, noting:
Percolator Program & General Membership Meetings 2nd Thursday
April 10 @ Salvation Army, Levittown
Business Card Exchange 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23 @ Nextel Communications, Bensalem
Sharpen Your Edge Business Technology Seminars Tuesday, May 6
Get Acquainted With Your Chamber Presented by the Member Recruitment & Retention Committee
Wednesday, March 26 3:30 pm @ Kings Caterers
Trip to Harrisburg Tuesday, April 29
Presented by the Legislative Action Committee
Career Women on the Move Wednesday, May 14 8:30 am - 1:30 pm @ Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
Presented by the Small Business Committee
Golf Outing Monday, June 2 @ Northampton Valley Country Club
Presented by the Golf Outing Committee
Night at the Trenton Thunder Thursday, June 26 @ Waterfront Park, Trenton
JOINT DOWNTOWN NEWTOWN CORPORATION - Paul Salvatore
He noted that the committee from JDNC responsible for the website would like to meet and coordinate efforts with other Newtown business groups, including the newly formed Economic Development Task Force.
NEWTOWN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION - Linda Mitchell
Ms. Mitchell reported that the April Business Education Forum was scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Holy Family College, and would feature speakers from Bucks County Community College, Holy Family College and LaSalle University. The annual Welcome Day celebration is scheduled for May 17th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; the Car Show will be held on June 7th.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE - Dick Weaver
Mr. Weaver, Chairman of the Task Force, said that the group was wonderful, and that they had met for the first time last week. He reported that discussion included a suggested name change from Industrial Park to something like “Business” Park, to eliminate the connotation of industry only and “reinvent” the image of the Park. Mr. Weaver said that the Governor has said that he wants to bring more business into this part of the state and that perhaps there would be some funding available. Mr. Weaver noted that water management was an issue that would be addressed by the Task Force.
A key leader breakfast was discussed by the Task Force, as a better means to dialogue and exchange information than a written survey. Mr. Weaver said that he is drafting a letter to key leaders to inform them that the breakfast would benefit them and to encourage them to attend. It was suggested that the school board be involved, as many issues affected taxes. Mr. Salvatore said that the Pennsbury School District had abated some taxes to help business development.
Mr. Weaver said that the Task Force meets the third Thursday of each month, 8:00-9:00 AM at the Newtown Township Building. Meetings are open to all. He said their next meeting would be organizational.
Mr. Weaver said that the Board of Supervisors saw no problem with the Business Development Council developing a community map, but noted that if the Township and Borough seals were going to be used final calendar approval would be needed from both municipalities.
NEW BUSINESS - None.
The next luncheon meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2003 at the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar at 12:00 PM. Ms. Dunleavy said that Michael Bannon, new director of the Bucks County Department of Consumer Protection/Weights & Measures will be the speaker. The cost is $10; please RSVP by April 28th, 2003 to the recording secretary (contact information is included on the attached agenda.
ADJOURNMENT: Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary