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THE LOCAL CHAMBERS’ EXCHANGE

• Savor Bucks County
• Local Municipalities, UBCC and QCSD Form Policy Group to Boost Regional Collaboration, Enhance Community
• The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Announces The Leadership Advancement Class of 2015/2016


Savor Bucks County

Our inaugural foodie event, being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm features an amazing sampling of delicious savory foods, beverages and excellent desserts from caterers and restaurants in the Bucks County and surrounding areas. A great evening of food, fun and networking.  One exhibitor will be given the 5 Star Award for receiving the most votes from our attendees.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4700 E. Street Rd., Trevose, PA  19053

Registration: Vendor 6-Foot Table and Tablecloth Registration

• Member $100

• Non-Member $200

• Sous Chef Table $30

Register or For More Info: Stephanie Ripka, 215-943-7400 • 


Local Municipalities, UBCC and QCSD Form Policy Group to Boost Regional Collaboration, Enhance Community

Keeping the best interests of taxpayers in mind, representatives from QCSD, four municipalities, and the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce recently met to exchange ideas. The goal of the newly formed coalition is to find ways to help each other communicate important issues to the public, share services and possibly purchase common goods. Meeting participants included Paul Stepanoff, who shared information on behalf of Richland Township, where he is the manager. He is also, of course, the QCSD School Board President. Others sharing ideas were Milford Township Manager Jeff Vey, Haycock Township Secretary/Treasurer Chris Bauer, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Membership Development and Public Policy Director Jim Haigh, and QCSD Community Relations Coordinator Ricki Stein. Other board members in attendance were Chuck Shermer and Ron Jackson.

Much talk centered on upcoming road work surrounding new and old developments that will affect traffic in the region. Some projects involve Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), St. Luke’s Hospital and LifeQuest, which are driving much of the development, as well as several 55-and-over housing projects. Participants agreed to find ways to share communications about road and bridge closures to minimize inconvenience to commuters and school bus routes. Vey explained that road work plans rely heavily on input from PennDOT, the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) and the Army Corps of Engineers. Participants also discussed possibilities for purchasing goods and services to save money.

The group plans to meet every two months. Discussion results will be conveyed to the public. QCSDTVNews teachers, along with Haigh and the UBCC, will collaborate to engage students in real world government and business experience, helping municipalities and local employers tell their stories on the local public access cable channels and also YouTube. We’re excited to be part of this important working group, this first meeting has already shown meaningful opportunities for collaboration.

Have an idea for the group? Email Jim:


The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Announces The Leadership Advancement Class of 2015/2016

Front Row: Melissa Thornton, Leah Ben (Visit Bucks County), Amanda Alderfer (Univest Corp), Back Row: Shane Fitzgerald (The Intelligencer), Patrick Traymantano (Covenant Bank), and Tyler Sokol (A Rhodes Wilson). Not Shown: Chris Carter (Univest Banking-Insurance Investments).