‘More Jobs, Better Pay’ Focus of Republican Council Candidates

‘More Jobs, Better Pay’ Focus of Republican Council Candidates

Morgan, Colvin and Raith Release Economic Development Plan


Media, PA:  To strengthen Delaware County’s economy with more jobs and better pay, Delaware County Council Candidates Mike Morgan, Kelly Colvin and Jim Raith released their Economic Development Plan today.  The Economic Development Plan is the culmination of their meetings this summer with local workers, business leaders, non-profits and government officials.

“This summer was exciting,” said County Council candidate Mike Morgan, “Hearing directly from our community on what they need to grow our economy was energizing.  Delaware County is on the move!”

“More jobs with better pay.  That’s what we want for Delaware County,” said Delaware County Council Jim Raith, “Together with our Delco attitude, we can build on our successes.”

“Diversity is our strength,” said Delaware County Council candidate Kelly Colvin, “Our plan taps into our diversity and demographics while creating an environment where county government is more accessible and limber with respect to addressing business community needs.”

The Economic Development Plan focuses on revitalizing mature communities, maximizing the waterfront, and bolstering small business development.

Key points to their proposal include creating a land bank to turn vacant properties into tax-generating hubs; a block grant program providing funding for façade improvements, streetscapes and pocket parks; expanding trades-oriented businesses; and, leading a program with the region’s leading venture capital firms to support an initiative dedicated to high-growth opportunities located in Delaware County.

“Our more mature communities are one of our county’s best assets, but are challenged with vacant properties,” said Raith, “We will create a a centralized land bank to turn vacant properties into prosperous land parcels to jumpstart smart development.”

“From there, we want to restore our mature communities to propel our future growth through a block grant program providing funding for façade improvements, streetscapes and pocket parks,” said Colvin, “Smart growth in our walkable communities alleviates traffic and reduces pressure on open space.”

“Delaware County is a regional leader in graduating highly-skilled tradespeople whose work is in high-demand,” continued Morgan, “We want those tradespeople to start their own small businesses.  Our ‘Trades CEO’ program will train tradespeople in accounting and business essentials to put them on a path to creating additional family-sustaining careers.”

“The Greater Philadelphia region is an innovation and investment hub,” said closed Morgan, “We build a program with the region’s leading venture capital firms to support an initiative dedicated to high-growth opportunities located in Delaware County.”

Delco Strong: A Plan for More Jobs and Better Pay

Delaware County is flush with opportunity due to our accessibility to transportation hubs, demographics, access to rails and water, and most importantly, our people.

The key to our future growth is to ensure every asset we already have is utilized to its full potential.

Those assets include revitalization of our more mature communities, capitalizing on our waterfront and bolster small business development.

It also means tapping into our diversity and demographics while creating an environment where county government is more accessible and limber with respect to addressing business community needs.

Together with our Delco attitude, we can build on our successes.

Revitalize mature communities

  • Start a Land Bank: Vacant properties not only hurt community morale but undermine growth for the local economy.  Delaware County needs a centralized land bank to turn vacant properties into tax-generating hubs.
  • Compete Regionally: With the environment more competitive than ever, our goal is to build a more robust economic development team to grow current businesses and attract new businesses.  We will put the county’s Economic Development, Planning and Community Development and Workforce Development efforts under one roof to ensure better efficiency and communication.
  • Façade improvements, streetscapes and pocket parks:  Our older communities are walkable and stunningly beautiful.  We want to restore these communities to propel our future growth through a block grant program providing funding for façade improvements, streetscapes and pocket parks.

Maximize waterfront

  • Project Coordination: Encompassing 6 municipalities spread along 8 miles of prime deep-water riverfront, Delaware County’s waterfront region has unlimited potential.  We will serve as an umbrella for the local economic development teams that exist within each municipality to coordinate a regionally-based plan.
  • Capitalize on Federal Opportunity Zones: Much of our waterfront is designated an “Opportunity Zone” by the Federal government which has the potential to attract unprecedented investment.  We will effectively market our waterfront investors and ensure state, local and municipal planning and regulatory efforts are coordinated.
  • National Marketing and Branding:  We know our waterfront is an exceptional business opportunity.   Through public-private partnerships, the county will take a greater lead to market the region’s assets to attract visitors as well as business, including one of our greatest assets, the waterfront.

Bolster small business development

  • “Trades CEO”: Delaware County is a regional leader in graduating highly-skilled tradespeople whose work is in high-demand.  We want those tradespeople to start their own small businesses.  Our program will train tradespeople in accounting and business essentials.
  • Public-Private Loan Program:  We will establish a county small business lending program that would utilize non-taxpayer money (i.e. gaming money or fees for service) to encourage a financial partnership match.
  • Venture Capital Partnership: We build a program with the region’s leading venture capital firms to support an initiative dedicated to high-growth opportunities located in Delaware County.

Havertown Traffic Plan

  • Empanel a Blue Ribbon ‘Haverford Traffic Commission’ comprised State, County and Municipal Officials to study all options within 180 days of our swearing-in.
  • Advance reasonable and legal efforts to limit new development density in Haverford.
  • Pursue public support for a $100M Bond Initiative focused exclusively on smart growth by protecting open space and revitalizing mature communities.

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