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Public Information » E-Newsletter » E-Newsletter July 2013

New Era, New Span --- Bridge Commission's E-Newsletter --- July 2013

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County Announces ‘Shop Burlington County First’ Campaign

'Buy Local’ Shared Service Will Promote Burlington County Shops & Services

On behalf of the Burlington County Freeholders and its regional partners, the Burlington County Bridge Commission and the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Freeholder Director Joseph Donnelly announced that three informational sessions will be held to explain the County’s new “buy local” initiative, Shop Burlington County First to foster economic growth in Burlington County.  

Continued from email below

Shop Burlington County First is a coordinated countywide campaign designed to support in-county businesses, promote downtowns and business districts, strengthen the local economy, and improve conditions for hiring employees.

The informational sessions are open to area businesses, local business and economic development associations, elected officials and residents of Burlington County.  They are scheduled for

• Tuesday, July 9th, 6-7:30 PM, Carslake Community Center, 209 Crosswicks Road, Bordentown City, 08505
• Monday, July 15, 6-7:30 PM, Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center, 21 Mill Street in Mount Holly, 08060
(The first session was held JMonday, June 24th, in Maple Shade.)

“If each household in Burlington County spent just $10 more each month at Burlington County businesses, the resulting annual impact to the local economy would be about $20 million dollars,” Donnelly said.  The Shop Burlington County First initiative will encourage residents to shop and spend in their own backyards, rather than online or in big retail stores.

“Our goal is to keep Burlington County’s economy strong and growing,” Donnelly added, “and Shop Burlington County First is an easy way for all residents to make that happen.”

For every $100 spent locally in independently owned stores, shops and restaurants, $44 to $83 is recirculated in the local economy.  It’s estimated that there are 8,000 one-of-a-kind, independent businesses in Burlington County. 

Shop Burlington County First (SBCF) is a collaborative initiative that will market and promote county businesses; the start-up costs will be subsidized by its Regional Partners (Freeholders, Bridge Commission, and Chamber of Commerce), Local Partners (business associations, municipal economic development committees, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, etc.) will bear the responsibility of registering individual businesses. 

More details about the SBCF shared service will be available at the informational sessions listed above.


Energy Improvements for Bridge Commission
Save Thousands of Dollars

“Greenbacks to Go Green” Shared Service Yields Substantial Energy and Cost Savings
As a result of a comprehensive energy audit of its facilities and implementation of recommended energy improvements, the Burlington County Bridge Commission realized a savings of 16%, or $13,889 on its energy and gas costs over the first four months of this year.  

Continued from email below

The energy audit and improvements were part of the “Greenbacks to Go Green” shared service the Commission championed in partnership with the Freeholders that provided $2.5 million dollars in energy upgrades to 31 Burlco municipalities and 10 schools, thanks to grant monies obtained by the Commission.

“We expected to see some energy savings, but to save nearly $14,000 over four months?  That exceeded our expectations,” said Commission Chairman John Comegno.  “This shared service shows the great impact that energy reduction can have, not just in energy savings, but in dollars as well.”

The energy audits identified areas within facilities where energy-saving, cost-justified measures could be applied.  For the Commission’s administration building in Palmyra, that meant substantial lighting retrofits, where existing light bulbs are replaced with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, and renovations to existing heating and cooling systems. Similar improvements were made to the Commission’s Police, Maintenance, and Toll buildings in Palmyra and to the administration building in Burlington.
“We hope that by sharing the Commission’s savings, more towns and schools will want to find out what ‘Greenbacks to Go Green’ is all about,” Comegno added. “We want everyone to take advantage of the monies available from the state for energy audits that lead to energy-saving, dollar-saving improvements.”

The Burlington County Bridge Commission manages the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges, and through its economic development and improvement authority powers, assists Burlington County municipalities in economic development and community revitalization projects and extends pooled financing options to local governments and nonprofits in Burlington County. These initiatives have resulted in a savings of more than $15.9 million dollars and garnered more than $14.8 million dollars in grant monies for municipalities.

Summer Digital Photo Camps Coming in August 

Children going into grades 6th to 8th who enjoy taking pictures and exploring the world around them will love PCNP's Summer Digital Photo Camp. Two sessions will be offered: Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th and Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd. Classes are from 10 AM to 2 PM with a break for your packed lunch. Learn more about photography in our state-of-the-art computer lab and explore the natural surroundings of beautiful Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Cost per session is $140 for PCNP members, $180 for PCNP non-members. Hurry—space is limited!  For more information contact Christian Hochenberger at christian@hochfoto.com or register online at hochfoto.com. 

 

County’s ‘Shop Burlington County First’ Campaign Comes to Bordentown City July 9th

On behalf of the Burlington County Freeholders and its regional partners, the Burlington County Bridge Commission and the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Freeholder Director Joseph Donnelly announced today that the second of three informational sessions will be held Tuesday, July 9th in Bordentown City. He encourages businesses and the public to attend, to hear about the County’s new “buy local” initiative, Shop Burlington County First to foster economic growth in
Burlington County.

Continued from email below

Shop Burlington County First is a coordinated countywide campaign designed to support in-county businesses, promote downtowns and business districts, strengthen the local economy, and improve conditions for hiring employees.

The informational sessions are open to area businesses, local business and economic development associations, elected officials and residents of Burlington County.  The session in Bordentown City will be held Tuesday, July 9th at 6 PM at the Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks Road.  One final session will be held Monday, July 15 at 6 PM at Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly.

“The backbone of the economy is small businesses. If each household in Burlington County spent just $10 more each month at those Burlington County businesses, the resulting annual impact to the local economy would be about $20 million dollars,” Donnelly said. 

The Shop Burlington County First initiative will encourage residents to shop and spend in their own backyards, rather than online or in big retail stores.

“Our goal is to keep Burlington County’s economy strong and growing,” Donnelly added, “and Shop Burlington County First is an easy way for all residents to make that happen.”

For every $100 spent locally in independently owned stores, shops and restaurants, $44 to $83 is recirculated in the local economy.  It’s estimated that there are 8,000 one-of-a-kind, independent businesses in Burlington County.
 
Shop Burlington County First (SBCF) is a collaborative initiative that will market and promote county businesses; the start-up costs will be subsidized by its Regional Partners (Freeholders, Bridge Commission, and Chamber of Commerce), Local Partners (business associations, municipal economic development committees, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, etc.) will bear the responsibility of registering individual businesses. 

Home for the Holiday Weekend? Family Hike at PCNP

Explore the other shore—along the Delaware River! Palmyra Cove Nature Park is a migratory bird hotspot because of its location in the Mid-Atlantic Migratory Flyway. Come out for the Delaware River Family Hike this Saturday, July 6th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  See how birds and other animals use this unique habitat. Learn about the natural history and human use of the Delaware River. Like to collect rocks and shells?  This is a great hike for you! 

Reservations required; call 856-829-1900, ext. 267, or email kmerola@bcbridges.org. Cost is $5 per person or FREE for PCNP members.

 

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