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"

Perkasie Reviews Its Phoenix-Like Evolution – Feature Article – Bucks County Herald

In The News: Barth Consulting Group Revitalizes Perkasie

1988 fire leveled homes and businesses
Feature Article – Bucks County Herald – September, 27th 2018

MELINDA RIZZO

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"

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"

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. Continue reading "Development by Design™"

New Britain’s main street plans moving forward

Daily Intelligencer – by James Boyle, Staff Writer, August 5, 2016

Officials from New Britain, Bucks county and Delaware Valley University have discussed for the past three years the plans to redevelop a stretch of Butler Avenue (Business U.S. Route 202) into a Main Street-style, walkable university town.

“There’s been a lot of talk and ideas for the Butler Avenue corridor,” said Lynn Bush, executive director of the Bucks County Planning Commission. “We are now seeing something actually happening.”

Bush highlighted two major steps that have propelled the project: the New Britain Borough Council’s July 12 approval to demolish the former Knoell factory on Shady Retreat Road and an adoption of a mixed-use zoning ordinance for the 7-acre property. Continue reading "New Britain’s main street plans moving forward"

Member Spotlight: Perkasie Borough

Feature Article – Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce

June 28, 2016

 

While downtown revitalization efforts may be more prominent now, years of planning and discernment have gone into the Borough’s current economic vitality and investment strategy yielding residents, business owners and borough officials results they can see, touch and feel.

From modernization efforts that never got off the ground in the 1970s to a catastrophic fire in 1988 that wiped out an entire block in the downtown, to national recognition last year for holding the oldest Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the country, Perkasie Borough is a small town, American innovator. Continue reading "Member Spotlight: Perkasie Borough"