On February 5, 2018, the US Department of State hosted a Colombian Government Delegation on Economic Development with a visit to New Britain Borough & Delaware Valley University’s Small Business Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC) at Burkart Hall, 56 Keeley Avenue.
The Delaware Valley University Small Business Entrepreneurship Center at New Britain Borough is an innovative partnership created between New Britain Borough and Delaware Valley University to foster new business start-ups and economic development for students and local businesses within New Britain Borough and the surrounding region.
“New Britain Borough is excited to be working on this joint project with Delaware Valley University to enhance education and economic opportunities in this area,” commented Borough Manager, Sam Bryant. “It’s great to see our Borough and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center included as a model by the US Department of State which is on a nationwide tour of university towns with international delegations.”
The Department of State highlighted New Britain Borough on its International Visitor Leadership Program with the Colombian Government – “Accessing Foreign Markets: Export Logistics from Rural Roads to Ports – A Project for Colombia,” as an ideal example of how local government and universities can help grow the Colombian economy. New Britain Borough was one stop on the US Department of State’s 22-day national tour with Colombian Government officials spanning the United States from Washington DC to the Silicon Valley.
“It was an incredible honor to represent the United States in hosting foreign dignitaries to our country and New Britain Borough,” remarked Stephen Barth, Director of Economic Development for New Britain Borough. “The SBEC was a wonderful model to illustrate to the Colombian Delegation how local municipalities and educational institutions can partner to create sustainable economic opportunities.”
Colombian officials represented the coffee and cocoa industries, a women’s coalition, rural farmers collective and the Productive Projects Land Restitution Unit for Colombia. Borough officials who participated also included Council Vice President Peter LaMontagne and Mayor David Holewinski. William Viel, Lecturer and Co-Department Chair of Delaware Valley University’s Business and Information Management program, also attended.
Last week, the Borough received official notice that it is the recipient of nearly $90,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which will be used to improve Burkart Hall and the Administrative Office.
The main goal of the grant is to make it easier and safer to travel between the two buildings. Specifically, the grant will pay to repair the existing sidewalk at both buildings, put in new railings on the sidewalk (where needed), install striping and signage on Keeley Ave to create a pedestrian crosswalk, pave the Administrative Office parking lot, and install stormwater management facilities.
This work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The only match required was the Borough Engineer’s time to oversee the project, estimated at $10,000, which will not be a new expense.
The Borough previously received CDBG funding to make Burkart Hall compliant with federal disability regulations, and included installation of an elevator, new set of stairs, an upstairs bathroom and other general improvements.
At its December 2017 meeting, Borough Council approved a new Personnel Manual for Borough staff that went into effect on January 1, 2018.
This is the first update to the Manual in nearly ten years.
If you wish to view it, it can be found at the link below:
Happy New Year 2018!!!
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Hello New Britain Borough Residents,
The New Britain Borough Administration would like to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year 2018! We are excited about the new development which will start taking shape in 2018 and hope you are too. New Britain Borough is a “Friendly Place to Live” and will soon become a wonderful destination!
Have a Safe & Happy New Years 2018 weekend!
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The 2017 Wreaths Across America Ceremony will take place on December 16, 2017 at 11:45 am at the War Memorial located at the New Britain Baptist Church Cemetery. This patriotic ceremony which includes a full color guard, is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who have served our country in the military. After the ceremony, wreaths will be placed on the graves of the War Veterans who are buried in New Britain Baptist Church Cemetery. Please join us!
The Central Bucks Regional Police Foundation is hosting a Retirement Celebration to honor Chief James Donnelly who is retiring after 50 years in law enforcement. This event is twofold. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Central Bucks Regional Police Foundation’s mission which is to support our police department and to promote more community engagement in Doylestown Borough, Chalfont Borough and New Britain Borough.
If you would like to attend this celebration, kindly respond by visiting the Central Bucks Regional Police Foundation’s website at www.cbrpolicefoundation.com . Choose “Make a Donation” to purchase and reserve seating. In the instruction line please enter “Event” and include the names of those attending. The deadline for purchasing tickets is December 27, 2017.
This will be a fun event and and you will have the opportunity to wish Chief Donnelly the best in his retirement!
New Britain Borough was awarded grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the amount of $210,000 to support expansion of the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve and $30,100 to implement accessibility improvements at Orchard Park.
For more information about these grants, feel free to contact the Administrative Office.
For more information about the Nature Preserve or Orchard Park, please visit these pages:
to all of our residents who attended the Borough’s Town Hall! We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! As Kent Baird noted, your participation and thoughts are vital to developing our community with enhancements to improve our health, well being and quality of life.
As promised, below is a link to our Town Hall page on our website including the slideshow presentation, video of the event and the resident survey. If you did not have the opportunity to attend here is your opportunity to learn all of the details of the exciting topics which were presented at the event.
If you have any questions or comments for Borough Manager – Sam Bryant, Community Planner – Kent Baird or our Director of Economic Development – Stephen Barth, feel free to contact the Borough office. 215-348-4586 or email@example.com.
Thanks again for your participation!
The presentation shown at the meeting can be found at the link below:
The video of the event can be viewed by clicking the link below (will take you to the Borough’s Periscope Page):