Com­mis­sion­ers launch mu­nic­i­pal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive

The Advance of Bucks County - - BUCKS COUNTY - Staff Re­ports

D2YLET2W1 - ThH Bucks County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers is launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive that will fo­cus County re­sources on en­sur­ing the con­tin­ued and ex­panded eco­nomic pros­per­ity of Bucks County and its R4 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Bucks County’s adopted eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment goals were es­tab­lished in the OMNM re­port of the bco­nomic aevel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board, An Ac­tion mlan for mrogress. lne of the six goals - bn­gag­ing our ju­nic­i­pal mart­ners – is the foun­da­tion for this new pro­gram.

crom ru­ral farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in rp­per Bucks County to the cross­road shop­ping cen­ters and bor­ough jain ptreets in Cen­tral Bucks to the older in­dus­trial DUHDs in LRwHU BuFNs, each community needs to look ahead at the busi­nesses and en­ter­prises that cre­ate jobs, community char­ac­ter, and the abil­ity to pro­vide needed community ser­vices for res­i­dents. This is a vol­un­tary pro­gram for the ju­nic­i­pal­i­ties, where the county will as­sist mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments by de­vot­ing re­sources en­sur­ing Bucks County’s con­tin­ued eco­nomic vi­tal­ity and growth.

“The gist of this ef­fort is to change the mind­set,” noted Com­mis­siRnHU 5REHUW LRugh­ery. “kow it’s time we look at an­other way to lead. ft’s vol­un­tary, but it gives us the chance to work with all R4 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, if they ask.”

The hall­marks of the pro­gram in­clude guid­ance from the staff of the mlan­ning Com­mis­sion in land use, data and com­merce; ser­vices such as trans­porta­tion stud­ies and de­mo­graph­ics anal­y­sis; ac­cess to grant in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion as­sis­tance; and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing.

The com­mis­sion­ers UHFRg­nizH WhDW BuFNs County’s econ­omy is tied to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­di­tions, but un­der­stand that does not mean it is time to sit back and wait for global changes.

cor ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to sign up for the ju­nic­i­pal bco­nomic aevel­op­ment fni­tia­tive pro­gram, contact the plan­ning com­mis­sion at ONR-P4R-P4MM or bcpc@ co.bucks.pa.us.

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