Gov. Wolf joined Representative John Galloway on a visit to Bristol Wharf last week to congratulate the people of Bristol Borough on their dedication to building up their community.
Gov. Wolf recognizes the difference that the passion and spirit of community organizing can make in transforming an area’s economy. He noted, “I was a business owner in York, Pennsylvania, trying to make my community like this, to try to develop it, to try to get people in York to be proud. You’ve done that here.”
According to the Bucks County Courier Times,
“Gov. Tom Wolf sang the borough’s praises before a small crowd Thursday at the Bristol Wharf, which he cited as just one of the community’s recent successes.”
Most recently, Bristol Borough became the season two winner of the Small Business Revolution– an eight-part national TV series on Hulu that included thousands of communities. Their prize was a $500,000 revitalization package which includes grants, publicity, and advice through small-business experts.
The governor and Rep. John Calloway attributed Bristol’s success directly to the passion that the borough residents have for their community. The campaign to win the Small Business Revolution was led by the borough’s economic development committee called Raising the Bar, which is devoted to strengthening the town’s revitalization efforts by organizing community cleanups and larger projects such as the Center for the Arts, Mill Street Crossing, and facade improvements in the business district.
The governor also toured the new municipal pier and 250-foot docks, which were made possible in part by a $700,000 grant from the state. The docks have been an enormous success, attracting visitors to the shops, restaurants, and entertainment that are make up the Mill Street commercial area.