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MontCo Commissioners Share Updates at Chamber Luncheon
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer


            The accuracy and completion of the 2020 Census headlined the UPV Chamber of Commerce's January Legislative Affairs Luncheon. Held on Thursday, January 30 at the Upper Perkiomen School District Education Center, this luncheon was the first in a series of three Legislative Affairs meetings schedule throughout 2020 and featured the Montgomery County Commissioners.

            After the welcome by Dr. Roche, sponsor introductions and lunch catered by Tosco's Brick Oven Pizza & Restaurant, Commissioner Chair Valerie Arkoosh addressed the attendees with the importance of a complete and accurate census and the direct correlation to Federal funding. It can be completed online and by phone with many language options. She reported on the financial strength of the county, no tax increase, the lowest unemployment county in Pennsylvania, the Career Development program to help reduce unemployment, the Home Investment Fund to foster living and working in the county and the Complete Streets program that is widening bridges, streets and bike trails. 

            Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence followed and reinforced the financial stability of the county, the second wealthiest in the state, and the fully-funded county pension fund. He spoke about the benefit of tourism especially King of Prussia, the largest retail space in the country. 35 bridges in the county are in the construction phase and homelessness has been reduced by 50%.

            Commissioner Joseph Gale concluded the presentation. He spoke about the budget highlighting the increase in Health and Human Services particularly for the aging and veterans affairs. The county continues to rank number one in manufacturing jobs. He encouraged business and student participation in the annual ManuFest, the Manufacturing and Trade Expo, which will be held on March 10 in Oaks. 

             All of the commissioners were available after the presentation to talk with attendees. The Chamber has several events in March and April including a presentation on Workforce Development, Intercultural Competency, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop and the Business Expo & Job Fair.

            Legislative Affairs Series sponsors for the event were Gillespie Electric, Inc. and PPL, and January Luncheon sponsors Falk Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Good Shepherd Physical Therapy, Perkiomen School and QNB Bank.





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