In The News: Barth Consulting Group Revitalizes Perkasie
1988 fire leveled homes and businesses
Feature Article – Bucks County Herald – September, 27th 2018
Perkasie’s Phoenix continues to rise from the ashes of a devastating decades-old fire.
The current revitalization of Perkasie’s historic district and downtown comes after a disastrous 1988 fire, which leveled homes and businesses leaving them in smoldering ruins.
Stephen M. Barth, Perkasie’s economic development consultant, gave a progress presentation at a regular borough council meeting Monday night, highlighting Perkasie’s continued growth as well as some recent milestone achievements. Continue reading "Perkasie Reviews Its Phoenix-Like Evolution – Feature Article – Bucks County Herald"
A Blighted Project Case Study – Perkasie, PA
Perkasie Borough is a charming, Victorian-era town with 8,500 residents. It’s branded tagline is “America’s Hometown,” for its Norman Rockwell-like setting and beauty. Perkasie boasts America’s Oldest Tree Lighting Ceremony dating to 1909 and recorded with the US House of Representatives.
Perkasie’s Town Center was largely destroyed by fire in 1988. There had been no major development of any kind for 20 years. Perkasie’s dynamic Borough Council initiated a new visioning and forward thinking Comprehensive Plan in 2013 and hired Barth Consulting Group to collaborate with the Bucks County Planning Commission who produced the plan. Continue reading "Economic Development – Measuring the Returns"
Beyond Your Current Tax Base
Balancing your budget without increasing taxes or cutting services….
Economic vitality increases municipal tax revenues through increased Real Estate Transfer Taxes, Earned Income Taxes, Local Service Taxes all the while revitalizing your downtown and repurposing blighted buildings.
Increasing tax ratables through strategic economic development leads to new revenue streams that can be reinvested back into the community. Continue reading "Economic Development – Revenue Beyond Your Current Tax Base"