NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006
DRAFT - SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT BY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL UNTIL APPROVED
Present: Dick Weaver, Tom Harwood, Hal Roberts, Wayne Bishop, Mary Ann Broderick, Lud Worsham, Marge Frederick, Robert Gossenberger, Linda Mitchell, Brandon Wind, Chip Bromley
Call to Order: Mr. Weaver called the meeting to order.
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood presented his report, covering February 2006. He noted two new projects: the Sloan School on Penns Street in the old law school building, and First Evergreen in the old PECO maintenance building.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2006 meeting as presented. Ms. Broderick seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Mitchell noted that the next Percolator meeting would be held Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 am at the NAC in the Blue Gym; McCaffrey’s would be providing continental breakfast and Merrill Reese will appear. Ms. Frederick announced the upcoming Business Expo, to be held on March 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at King’s Caterers. She also announced an upcoming joint business association meeting, to be held on May 20 at Spring Mill; Governor Rendell will be attending the $50 a ticket event. Information and further detail about all LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Mitchell reported that a “think tank” has been meeting to brainstorm, which includes herself, Paul Salvatore, Dave Callahan, Patti Lovi, Borough Councilor Marge Torongo, John Parry, and Doug Terry. She said that promotion of the website was discussed at their most recent meeting, and that they were discussing ways to avoid duplication of effort and partnering with Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau to take advantage of opportunities. Ms. Dunleavy noted that the upcoming AHA! Friday would be April 7th, and that a Main Street Milestone of 25 years of business by the Newtown Bicycle and Fitness Shop would be celebrated. The JDNC/Main Streets website is: www.newtownpa.us
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Ms. Mitchell distributed the 2005 Community Guide as a sample of the updated 2006 Guide they are working on. She said that NBPA members can submit ads and have a free listing; the updated Guide will serve as a guide and membership listing. Ms. Mitchell distributed an ad form, and noted that the Guide is sent out to all residences annually, and is sent quarterly to new residents and businesses.
Ms. Mitchell noted that the next Business Card Exchange would be held on March 14, 5:00-7:00 pm, at PNC Bank, and asked that members and their guests planning to attend RSVP so an accurate lunch count could be taken. She noted that the Business Card Exchanges take place the 4th Tuesday of the month at a business member’s location.
Ms. Mitchell announced upcoming events: the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pickering Chase, which includes a childrens’ and adult hunt with prizes provided by the business community; and Welcome Day on May 13, with a rain date of May 20.
Information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver said the commission was now meeting quarterly; the initial work is done but they would like to keep things active. He noted that additional buildings are being constructed in the Commons, and noted that some new companies in the Commons are already planning expansion. Mr. Weaver said that Elliott Building Group would be showing plans for the Acme site at an event at the site sometime in April.
Newtown Business Commons Association
Mr. Weaver said that key leaders have become involved, and that he and Bob Pellegrino serve on the board as liaisons. He said that membership is not limited to just businesses located in the Business Commons and includes nearby businesses such as ICT, LaSalle, CAU and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Weaver said that generally the movement of businesses seems to be from NJ into Bucks County.
Mr. Weaver said that the Newtown RUSH has been quite successful and noted that if a business/organization joins TMA that their employees ride for free.
Mr. Weaver said that the Summit on Aging met recently and was very well attended; representatives from the township and borough attended. He said he would be holding a seminar for township seniors as a follow up to the summit, to be held at Chandler Hall. The program will include State Representative David Steil, a county commissioner, Charlie Kane of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, an assistant District Attorney to speak on identity theft, Mike Sellers to speak of the power of attorney and living wills, insurance issues, and a representative from TMA to address the levels of transportation services. Ms. Mitchell said that they would offer trial memberships to the NAC to seniors attending; she will contact Mr. Weaver with details.
Mr. Weaver said there is a new vice president at Brandywine and that they were putting construction plans on hold while waiting to see what happens in the pending court appeal case. Mr. Weaver noted that expansion at Brandywine would provide approximately $660,000 in school taxes, $260,000 in Park and Recreation impact fees, and $750,000 in traffic impact fees, in addition to increased earned income tax revenue. He noted that there had been an increase in EIT revenues in 2005.
Ms. Mitchell reported that 12 people had committed to ads, with only two having paid. She said she needed assistance and suggested outsourcing the map to a company. Ms. Frederick questioned who would use the map, suggesting that most people use the Internet or GPS for directions. The Council agreed that the map would be obsolete. Mr. Wind moved to discontinue the map project. Ms. Broderick seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by the Council.
The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Dolce Carini Restaurant on South Eagle Road.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary