H & M Empowerement Group
Bruce & Heather Gelting
The Hill School has always been civic-minded and engaged with the greater Pottstown community. In recent years, students, faculty, staff, and alumni have increased their participation in various ways.
In response to perceived community needs, the School began an important discussion on campus, with parents of students, and with neighbors about a project to improve the immediate neighborhood and serve as a catalyst for improvements throughout Pottstown. Through several brainstorming sessions, the group garnered support for starting Hobart's Run, a collaborative improvement district that would serve as a neighborhood partnership.
At the end of 2015, The Hill School hired its first-ever manager of community and economic development. The School is determined to make serious strides and drive transformation both in the School's surrounding neighborhood and greater Pottstown.
The name “Hobart's Run” refers to the stream that feeds the School's Dell pond and also runs beneath much of the shared neighborhood. The Hobart family lived in the area and was a respected Pottstown family.
Manager of Community & Economic Development: Twila Fisher
Pottstown Area Industrial Development (PAID)
PAID is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation originally formed in 1965 to promote commercial and industrial development in Pottstown, PA.
Over the decades, PAID’s activities included development and sale of the 32 lot industrial complex known as the Pottstown Airport Business Campus, as well as the acquisition and resale of downtown commercial and retail properties for redevelopment. In 2010, based on recommendations contained in a 2009 Urban Land Institute report, the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District, and Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority formed a partnership to reorganize PAID for the purpose of coordinating efforts and establishing economic development priorities in Pottstown.
Today PAID is the primary economic development driver for Pottstown. Our efforts are guided, in large part, by three planning documents that may be downloaded below.
PAID's mission is to develop, coordinate and implement an overall economic development strategy for the Borough of Pottstown designed to stimulate investment which will maintain and enhance the tax base; retain and create job opportunities; and restore and utilize or remove under-utilized buildings.