An Example Of A Path For Pottstown

Oil City, PA is remaking itself into an Arts Community.  Something that Pottstown says it would like to be.  This community, which is half the size of Pottstown and in an economically challenged part of the state, is putting its money where its mouth is. 

Like Pottstown, Oil City was once an industrial community that has lost much of its industry.  Unlike Pottstown, it is much further away from a major city (90+ miles to Pittsburgh and 60+ miles from Erie).   The median household income in Oil City is $29,060 vs. Pottstown’s $35,785.  The household income for Oil City is $36,149 and Pottstown comes in at $45, 734.  Despite these challenges, Oil City is determined to reinvent itself to bring life back into the downtown and attract business.  Oil City offers relocation incentives to artists, and I really do mean financial incentives, to entice creative people to relocate there, start a business and buy a home.

Recently, our illustrious Zoning Board flatly denied a creative couple a variance to buy a home and operate two businesses out of said home.  A retail store and a by appointment only tattoo business.  Evidently we are too highfalutin to permit a by appointment only tattoo business in this “burg” so we said, “Nope, don’t want your kind in these parts.”  Thereby losing property taxes, the opportunity to fill a vacant home and discouraging artists from coming to Pottstown.  This couple heard Pottstown was the place to be, the bee’s knees etc…. Guess we showed them, didn’t we?  Wonder what they will tell their creative friends about Pottstown now!

What would Oil City do (WWOCD)?  Take a gander at their relocation incentive package and see for yourselves!

http://www.artsoilcity.com/relocationincentives.htm

I hope somebody on Council or in Borough Hall reads this incentive plan and checks out their website.  It would be time well spent!

Pottstown Rumble Organizer Squashes Rumor About Event Leaving Pottstown

The Mercury did a good thing today by making sure the world knows those stupid rumors about the Pottstown Rumble leaving our fair city are untrue!  They are not going any where according to organizer Ken Kaas.

This is an awesome event for Pottstown.  If you have never attended, take a walk through Memorial Park this weekend and check it out.  Amazing athletes competing for $22,000.00 in prizes.  You can watch any of the matches by just standing on the sidelines and staying out-of-the-way.

Over 2,000 people have signed up!  These kind of events are exactly what Pottstown needs.  The people who come here really enjoy it, say good things about Pottstown (unlike some residents) and it brings money into town!  A win-win if ever I saw one!

Kudos to the Mercury for their positive promotion of The Rumble!

For more information:

Voice: 610-367-2279

Internet: http://www.pottstownrumble.com

Admission is FREE!

Local Phillies Fan Who Was Tasered Gets Probation

Seventeen-year-old Steven Consalvi, from Gilbertsville, made the national news when he got tasered for running onto the field at Citizens Bank Park during the 8th inning of a Phillies game.  His father, Wayne Consalvi, owns an auto repair shop in North Coventry Township and was interviewed by the local media regarding the incident.

Steven received 80 hours of public service and is on probation for six months.  I think this young man is fortunate to have escaped without more serious charges.  Hopefully he learned his lesson and others will think twice before doing something like this.  It may seem like the “cool” thing to do at the time but the consequences far outweight the “thrill”.  Fortunately, this sentence should not mess up his permanent record.