Category Archives: Economic Development

Flourishing Communities- planting the seeds for 2019

Bucks County Herald Featured Article

February 14, 2019


Perkasie has the three components of a flourishing community.

“Economic Development happens one business, one residence, one brick at a time,” remarked Stephen Barth, consultant for Economic Development for Perkasie Borough.

That’s the report Stephen Barth of Barth Consulting Group, of Doylestown, made to Perkasie Borough Council at a regular business meeting Feb. 4th, 2019. Continue reading "Flourishing Communities- planting the seeds for 2019"

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. Continue reading "Economic Development Studies"

Economic Development – Measuring the Returns

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"

Economic Development – Revenue Beyond Your Current Tax Base

Economic Development

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"