NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2004
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Schreiber moved to approve the minutes of the October meeting as presented. Ms. Mitchell seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Chairman Richard Weaver, Hal Roberts, Sue Britsch, Steve Schreiber, Dan McCloskey, Karen Slifka, Wayne Bishop, Thomas Harwood, Miguel Sison, Doug Terry, Robert M. Pellegrino, Linda Mitchell.
Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM.
Miguel Sison announced the upcoming Kids Fest, to be held at the Penns Trail office of Third Federal Bank this Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.; there will be refreshments, pony rides and other events.
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for September 2004. He noted that Pryda is challenging the conditions imposed in the conditional use approval, specifically the formula for parking spaces and payment requirements; the issue is at county court. Mr. Terry said that Shutterbug of Yardley had been a victim of the recent floods and Mr. Harwood had facilitated the move of the company into the old Dunmore building by approving a temporary use, which he had administrative authority to grant. Mr. Terry complimented Mr. Harwood’s role in coordinating the necessary steps to move the company into the building quickly, and suggested that there should be press concerning this assistance; Mr. Terry will give the pertinent information to Ms. Mitchell.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Schreiber moved to approve the minutes of the September meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Mitchell reported that there would be an Economic Development event on Tuesday, October 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The event will be open to the public; the cost is $15.00 for members, $30 for non-members. Former governor Mark Schweiker will be the keynote speaker and will hand out awards as well. Ms. Mitchell noted that the Newtown Athletic Club would be receiving a Business Economic Development Award for 2004.
Ms. Mitchell said that the next Percolator meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m., October 14, at Bucks County Technical School in Fairless Hills; RSVP to the Chamber. Information about all LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Mr. Terry reported that the various committees are working on their respective projects. Ms. Mitchell said that Main Streets Manager Christina Ortwein has been working with community groups and has facilitated the forming of the Newtown Marketing Council, comprised of many business and retail representatives, to discuss a brand for Newtown. Ms. Mitchell said Ms. Ortwein has also been meeting with key leaders of community business and historic organizations and has scheduled a meeting for Monday to discuss combining events to help insure success.
Mr. Terry, Promotions Committee Chair, said one of Ms. Ortwein’s ideas was to try to assist businesses with grand opening events, and that she is also working on a Friday night event to be held in the downtown area one Friday night each month.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Ms. Mitchell distributed invitations to the annual NBPA breakfast membership meeting on October 26, 2004 to be held at Wrights Meeting Room at Chandler Hall from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. She said everyone is welcome, and that this meeting highlights the association; some door prizes would be awarded. Ms. Mitchell announced that the Business Education Forum would be held on November 9, 2004 from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family College; there will be three presentations. Ms. Mitchell said that the next Business Card Exchange would be held on October 13, 2004 at Total Eyecare on State Street. She also noted that the association’s recent Golf Outing had raised $3000 for the Neighborhood Outreach Foundation. Information relevant to all the association’s events can be found at their website:www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported that they are working with Cam Triullo to plan a kick off event at the France building similar to the earlier reception held in the Business Commons. He said the commission is interested in forming an association in the Commons and has drafted bylaws to serve as the basis for development of association bylaws. Mr. Terry said he would send a copy of bylaws he has to Mr. Weaver. It was suggested that there be publicity regarding the recent increased development in the Business Commons.
Ms. Mitchell distributed information regarding progress on the map project and reported that 10 of the available 42 ads have been sold. She said she would contact Ms. Kruse for assistance in selling the remaining ads, and asked those interested in purchasing an ad to contact her.
The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, November 4, 2004.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary