Concerned about development in Suburban Philadelphia? Worried about revitalization of a commercial area? Looking at the impacts on the surrounding residential areas? Are you thinking of starting a business? Considering a move into the state and need to know what resources are available?
Last night, State Rep Greg Vitali hosted a free public Business District Revitalization Workshop at the New Manoa Elementary School in Havertown for anyone interested in improving and revitalizing the local business districts. In addition to brief introductions by various elected officials, the presentations included five representatives from various organizations which covered the spectrum of resources available for communities and individuals for both private and public improvements.
In order of the speakers, we heard:
- Toni Crawford-Major Regional Director Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
NewPA - State of Innovation - www.newpa.com/index.aspx
- Julie Fitzpatrick Special Projects Coordinator - Pennsylvania Downtown Center
Pennsylvania Downtown Center - www.padowntown.org/
- Laura Goodrich Director of Marketing - Delaware County Commerce Center
Delaware County Commerce Center - www.delcopa.org/
- John Fleming Lead Business Development Specialist - SBA
SBA - Philadelphia - www.sba.gov/localresources/district/pa/phil/index.html
- Glenn McAllister Director - Widener Small Business Development Center
Widener University Small Business Development Center - www.widenersbdc.org/
The above individuals highlighted the wide variety of sources of help and funding for many business, residential, and commercial enterprises. The organizations demonstrated the importance and wealth of support that the State of Pennsylvania is providing to its citizens to improve both the business and residential environment in the state. The above can be used throughout Delaware County and Chester County.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, I would encourage you to check out the above web sites and contact them with additional questions and to identify the appropriate contacts for your projects. As always, if you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.