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Jody Holton (pictured to the right) and Scott France of the Montgomery County Planning Commission shared information about the thirteen municipalities awarded grants as part of the 2040 Implementation Grant Program. Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes by a committee made up of planning commission board members and interdepartmental county staff. Projects were also given heightened consideration when addressing one of three focus categories for 2017: Walk/Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; or Revitalization of Office and Business Parks.
$200,000 – Main Street Pedestrian Plaza.
$108,000 – Township Line & Walton Rd Pedestrian Crossing.
$100,000 – Fort Washington Cross County Trail & Road Diet Project.
$93,320 – Pennsylvania Business Campus – Dresher Road Sidewalks.
$80,000 – King Street Pedestrian Crossing & Bicycle Lanes.
$80,000 – Betzwood Park Trail Head.
$73,902 – Pedestrian and Gateway Enhancements at Old York Road & Washington Lane.
$70,000 – Whites Road Park Playground and Streambank Improvements.
$63,000 – Defford Road Park and Connection to Center Point Shoppes.
$59,778 – Elkins Park Wayfinding Signage and Public Art.
$45,000 – Schirk-Hutt and Buckman Trail.
$40,000 – Carriages Trail Connection.
$27,000 – Lighting at Pickleball Courts.
Last week, PennDot awarded 15 grants totaling more than $5 million dollars in support of Montgomery County traffic signal upgrades and replacements in 13 municipalities.
The grants, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program, will help the county achieve the Connected Communities objective outlined in the Montco2040: A Shared Vision comprehensive plan, which has a primary goal of improving transportation quality.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission provided counsel and support to the municipalities in developing the grant applications. Click here for more information on the Green Light-Go Program.
“These grants will help improve safety and reduce congestion
at busy intersections across all corners of the County.”
Executive Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission
$298,480 – Traffic Signal Upgrades along Fitzwatertown Road at North Hills Avenue.
$329,750 – Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
$108,300 – Installation of Video Detection System along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
$1,330,508 – Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Montgomery Avenue at Jacksonville Road.
$89,784 – Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades and LED Replacement at 8 intersections along the York Road Corridor.
$1,474 – LED Replacement along the Route 29 Corridor.
$148,080 – Traffic Signal Equipment and Safety Upgrades along Byberry Road at Pine Road.
$54,200 – Preventative Maintenance at 13 Intersections throughout Lower Salford Township.
$2,200,000 – Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the West Moreland Road and Easton Road Corridors.
$107,968 – LED Replacement at 24 Intersections along the Dekalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford Road Corridors.
$21,186 – Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Pottstown Pike at State Street and Moyer Road.
$239,230 – Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Egypt Road Corridor.
$79,578 – Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike.
$141,700 – Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Valley Forge Road at Skippack Pike and Township Line Road.
$80,240 – Fiber Optic Traffic Signal Interconnection along Germantown Pike at Park Avenue and Trooper Road.
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Montgomery County Development Corporation (MCDC) hosted its first Cybersecurity panel discussion as the organization’s kick off to the MCDC Seminar Series 2017 for 25 attendees. The panelists included Karen Ibach, Esq. Partner of Montgomery McCracken, Daniel Cohen of Cohen Partners, LLC, Gerald Francesco of Technologies Concierge Group, and the host, Joe Callahan, CEO of CiRight. The seminar was moderated by MCDC’s special guest, Montgomery County Commissioner and Vice Chair, Kenneth Lawrence.
Commissioner Lawrence started off the panel discussion with a question to Gerald about explaining IoT or “Internet of Things”. Gerald explained that with so many devices having connection to the internet, it has created additional ways for outside entities to threaten the securities individuals think they have to protect their information and data. He also touched on the efforts spammers make to extort money and information from individuals either online with a “phishing” email or by phone. Gerald adds that spammers will send out thousands of attempts to hack someone’s information, and it only take it working just once for them to keep doing it.
Karen was asked about the options available to a company that has had their data breached. She shared a case study about a company who had an employee that received an email from who they believed to be the President/CEO and requesting to complete a transfer of millions of dollars to an overseas account. The employee complied with the request because, well, it came from the President! It was a complete hack and unfortunately, she explains, while the money transferred was lost, even after law enforcement got involved, lawyers and other traveled overseas to try and investigate it there, “this company will never be hacked again.”
Karen says the company changed the way they operated and the way their staff worked together after that. She points out that if the culture in that particular company had been different, whereas the employee would have been comfortable to be a “whistleblower and walk over to the President’s office and ask about the request, it might have never happened.”
In addition to a company’s culture, panelists stressed the importance of businesses having policies in place that regulates the use of social media sites and other potential openings for threats on a company computer or device. Training employees on safe internet browsing on company devices will reduce the risk of the employee’s personal information and company data being compromised.
Dan discussed, from an insurer’s perspective, how these policies and trainings must be in place for a company to really reduce their risks of a data breach. He explained that companies should also make sure that any vendors they use are in compliance with their policies in data protections. He shared that there is cyber insurance coverage available that businesses don’t typically know about.
Joe discussed the trends in cyber security and one most notable is the commercialization of biometrics as opposed to creating and entering passwords. While phones and other mobile devices are using finger prints to protect information, this is leading to widespread use on a larger scale.
The Montgomery County Workforce Development Board (MontcoWorks), in collaboration with the PA CareerLink of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Commerce Department, is proud to be hosting the area’s largest annual job fair for the tenth year! The job fair takes place on May 3rd in King of Prussia, PA. Employers will engage with job seekers who are ready to start working. Company representatives can also take advantage of the onsite “interview room” to interview an applicant and even offer jobs on the spot!
Last year, the event included more than 70 employers and nearly 500 job seekers.
Participating companies included but not limited to: Globus Medical, KenCrest, Wegmans, Einstein Healthcare Network, Citizens Bank, The Robert Half, The Carney Group, Manpower, McCallion Staffing, Gemalto, Montgomery County, First Quality, Devereux, OVR
The goal of the Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Survey was to gauge the economic results and outlook of regional middle market manufacturers. The survey also provides manufacturing executives and leaders a snapshot of business best practices being utilized by their peers or constituents as well as trends in areas such as:
Some highlights from the survey results:
66% of respondents felt some level of optimism about the growing positive economic outlook for the U.S. Meanwhile 59% of respondents felt more optimistic about their own companies’ prospects for the year ahead. Both show increases in level of optimism felt by manufacturers compared to last year.
For the full survey results, you can get the downloadable report here.
This March, we are spotlighting one of Montgomery County’s newest businesses, Play-a-Round Golf! It is an indoor golf experience that offers an opportunity for everyone of all playing levels to try their skills on championship courses and some friendly competition amongst others.
The owner and Chief “Fun” Officer, Steve Graves, Sr. and staff provide a welcoming and engaging indoor golfing experience. On his website he says, “Our vision is to see families and their friends have fun and enjoying golf’s many benefits as part of their everyday lives. We welcome beginners as well as avid golfers and utilize the highest levels of technology in attractive, clean, and friendly facilities. We believe that these goals, no matter how lofty, can only be attained by making decisions through the filter of one’s values. Our values include patience, kindness, humility, honesty, perseverance, and integrity*. We’ve learned first-hand the importance of staying true to these values in the decisions we make and the relationships we cultivate.”
As the business allows guests to bring their own food and beverages, the MCDC event will surely provide that to guests with a little help from Ardmore’s own restaurants and beverage vendors!
Beer tastings from Ardmore’s The Beer Shoppe and a lovely tapa tastings provided by Ardmore’s trendy Poke-Ono are just examples of what to expect at this month’s event.
Each month, MCDC identifies a new business or development project in Montgomery County and wants to bring attention to it by inviting the MCDC membership network and community partners to see for themselves and spread the word.
We are happy to bring a members, prospective members, and community partners a revamped website that will allow MCDC to deliver economic development services and keep you in the loop of economic development related news in Montgomery County!