Category Archives: Development by Design

Economic Development Studies

Master Planning Reports to Secure Revitalization Funding

Creating Economic Development Studies as amendments to Comprehensive Plans helps secure and meet state funding grant requirements to revitalize communities.

Shaping your Vision

Barth Consulting Group creates data-driven Economic Development Studies to analyze a community through resident and business surveys, town hall meetings and with detailed research reports summarizing community engagement and aspirations. The finalized Economic Studies provide insight and pathways into how you can Revitalize your town.

These Economic Development studies address common issues that plague many communities such as blighted properties, vacant storefronts, sustainable municipal revenues, and unwanted or undesired development and offer solutions to fix these problems.

What is an Economic Development Study Plan?

Municipal Economic Development Studies unify and articulate a community’s vision by forging a partnership from amongst municipal leaders, businesses, organizations, and residents gaining first-hand perspectives to craft their own future with new and desired development. This process assists elected officials in shaping a shared community vision, created by voters and is based on the collective goals of the entire community.

A completed Economic Development Study is then approved by elected officials through resolution, then amended into the municipality’s Comprehensive Plan, thus qualifying them for state grant programs. State organizations such as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) require current Economic Development plans to be in place before awarding grants. These plans outline strategic goals, show community support and define clear action plans to achieve project goals.

Examples of successful Grant Awards for our municipal clients include a $100,000 DVRPC Main Street Economic Development Study that led to a $600,000 Multi-Modal Sidewalk Grant for New Britain Borough and a $30,000 DVRPC Parks Master Planning Grant for Main Street Hatboro.

Barth Consulting Group provides strategic and high-level consulting for municipalities to design and facilitate strategies shaped through community engagement. This Development by Design™ process takes into account the dynamic and ever-changing economics within communities and how they interrelate and impact each other.


Development by Design™

Development by Design ™

Revitalizing Your Municipal Budget

How investing in Revitalization can balance your budget.

Downtown economic factors have shifted with the advent of online shopping. Why are some towns transitioning better than others? Being proactive versus reactive is the difference.

Some towns lose momentum for a time, and then pray to pull themselves back from the brink. Other towns have great, underutilized assets, infrastructure and prospects, yet face challenges in revenue growth without a dreaded tax increase. For most towns, economic development can seem like an endless roll of the dice, reacting to unsolicited, unwanted, and undesirable proposals from developers. These relationships are often adversarial.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Barth Consulting Group’s – Development by Design™ Strategies courts and cultivates the type of development desired by municipalities. In the communities we serve, residents want the same basic things: vibrant downtowns, economic vitality, high quality of life; a place they are proud to call home.

Revitalizing communities often starts on Main Streets – its impact is broad reaching and ripples far beyond town centers into all areas of the community. Some aspects of revitalization are seen front and center in downtown districts where vacant stores are filled, new shops open, new signs go up, facade improvements are made and Main Streets are given a facelift with new paving, lighting, awnings, etc. Other visible signs of growth are new jobs, new housing, new factories and the repurposing of blighted properties.

Municipal revenues can be increased through sustainable economic development that has far-reaching, long-term impact on municipal budgets and the regional economy.

Development by Design ™ is a forward thinking, proven protocol formulated by Barth Consulting Group. We collaborate with municipalities to cultivate action plans that create and facilitate desirable and sustainable growth. Our high-altitude, 30,000-foot perspective analyzes a community, its assets and utilizes economic data generated through resident surveys, town hall/stakeholder meetings to develop and articulate a proactive revitalization plan.

Municipal revenues can be increased through cultivated economic activity. An environment of vitality inspires new investment and increases new Real Estate Taxes, Real Estate Transfer Taxes, Earned Income Taxes, Local Service Taxes and Fees & Permits.

Can Revitalizing your community work for you?

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