PROJECT TO TRANSFORM THE REGION
With the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Borough of Pottstown, the Borough of Boyertown, the Berks Mont Business Association, and the Redevelopment Authority of Berks County, the Trust commissioned Stone Consulting to complete an Implementation Plan and Economic Impact Analysis for a tourist railraod on the Colebrookdale.
Here are some highlights of the Stone Study:
20,000-30,000 VISITORS ANNUALLY
$980,000 annual economic impact from spending by railroad
$1.8 million annual economic impact from visitors
$7.2 million economic impact of capital cost investment during implementation. Could be as high as $18.2 million with enhanced infrastructure and equipment program.
270 new jobs through implementation phases
80 new, sustained jobs thereafter
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IMPACT
THEME AND CATALYST for development of terminal areas. The railroad provides an aesthetic and cultural context for new business growth.
MECHANISM FOR VISIBILITY AND IDENTITY
Visitors will know our area from the experience they had here. Through telling our local story though an engaging and unique experience, we build a reputation that businesses can build on.
ENHANCE EXISTING EVENTS/ATTRACTIONS
There are many existing events and attractions in which to integrate the railroad in both Pottstown and Boyertown. The railroad will bring in additional participants/visitors and enhance the experience of these already-instituted events and attractions.
ARMATURE FOR NEW EVENTS and the DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ATTRACTIONS
There are many events centered on the railroad itself that will bring people to Pottstown and Boyertown. Increased demand will lead to development of new attractions and amenities.
MECHANISM FOR FUNDRAISING
Special charters and special events around the railroad can serve as a means to raise funds for good causes.
OPPORTUNITY TO EMBRACE RATHER THAN MERELY ACCOMMODATE
Persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities
Persons in the upper age cohorts
Domestic non-speakers of English
Special event venue seekers
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