NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the November 3, 2005 meeting as presented. Ms. Broderick seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Dick Weaver, Mary Ann Broderick, Marge Frederick, Dan McCloskey, Tom Harwood, Brandon Wind, Hal Roberts, Wayne Bishop, Mary Africa, Robert Michaud, Chris Ortwein, Marge Frederick
Call to Order: Mr. Weaver called the meeting to order.
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood presented his report, covering October. He noted the Sherwin Williams store that was approved for the old Pizza Hut location, that Soccer & Lacrosse Corner on German Avenue was denied by the Supervisors, and that the Newtown Rental Center addition and subdivision request, which involves the moving of an historic house.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Wind moved to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2005 meeting as presented. Ms. Broderick seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Information and further detail about all LBCCC events is available on the website:www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Ortwein noted that she had just finished her first year as Main Streets Manager in July, and her annual report was on the JDNC website, which could be reached at www.newtownpa.org or the new domain name www.newtownpa.us.
Ms. Ortwein distributed and reviewed a chart detailing the various Newtown organizations and their events and missions, which illustrated the relationships between the groups. She said there was a need to evaluate resources such as time, money and expertise, as everyone was strapped for time, and that this could help eliminate duplication of effort. Ms. Ortwein said that there needed to be a concentration on the tourist/visitor market and new businesses.
Ms. Ortwein said there had been a meeting of leaders from all the various Newtown organizations, and they had liked the ideas of uniting under the www.newtownpa.us name. She said a goal was for the website to unite Newtown, to centralize information and to drive people to the website. Ms. Ortwein noted that everyone struggles to bring groups together and that this was a different approach. Ms. Frederick said this approach would create camaraderie. She said there had been a second meeting earlier today and that a process for mapping out a strategic plan was formed which will move forward in December.
Mr. Harwood asked what was considered Newtown’s market area. Ms. Ortwein said the impact to penetrate determines such an area, and she considered the market area to be 3-5 miles, as further out would move into the Oxford Valley and Neshaminy area. She noted that more probable markets for Newtown products and services were north of Newtown, in Richboro, Holland, Penns Park and Wrightstown.
Ms. Dunleavy noted that “Doing Business in Newtown Township” and “Doing Business in Newtown Borough” were posted on the JDNC website. She noted that the website has a Business Directory, with a “view more” opportunity to get additional information on listed businesses.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Mr. Wind noted that the next association business card exchange would take place at the Temperance House on November 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by a meeting/presentation by NPS. More information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported that things were moving ahead at the future hotel site, and that clean up was underway at the Acme site. Mr. McCloskey noted that there were two buyers looking at sites at the new buildings on Newtown Yardley Road; he said things were exciting at the Business Commons. Mr. Weaver said that the Business Commons Association was all set up, with bank accounts and letterhead; they will send out a first mailing soon to solicit association membership.
Ms. Ortwein invited the meeting attendees to Aha! Friday on November 4, 2005, which will begin at 6:00 pm with a ribbon cutting to welcome Tasteful Teas … and More, the first business to come to Sycamore Street since the completion of the street construction project. Ms. Ortwein said the evening would continue with the Sycamore Street Stroll down to Goodnoe’s Restaurant, where a Main Streets Milestone, a new recognition of long standing recognition of contribution businesses in Newtown, will be presented at 6:30 pm to Goodnoe’s for their 50 year anniversary. She said that at 7:00 pm a Main Streets Milestone would be presented to Freestyle Salon to recognize their 20 years of business in Newtown. Ms. Ortwein noted that there would be Open Houses at Carriage House Collections and Soulutions for Living as well.
Mr. Weaver said he and Supervisor Tom Jirele had eaten at Tasteful Teas … and More, and had been the only men present. Ms. Ortwein noted that Tasteful Teas was open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Mr. McCloskey noted that next Tuesday, November 8 was Election Day.
The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, December 1, 2005.
On motion by Mr. Roberts and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Leslie Dunleavy, Recording Secretary