Final Rt. 6 Heritage Communities Report on Milford Released

Milford, July 28, 2011: The Pike County Economic Development Authority hosted the presentation of the final Rt. 6 Heritage Communities Study for Milford on July 26th. An overview of the study was presented by Rt. 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison to a packed room including representatives of Milford Borough Council, the Pike County Board of Commissioners, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Milford Business Council, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Light & Power, and the Milford Enhancement Committee. The study is the culmination of an eighteen month process involving approximately seventy members of the community, several focus groups and a survey of Milford area businesses. Funding for the study was provided by the Rt. 6 Alliance with local sponsorship from the Milford Enhancement Committee supported by Pike County Light & Power. Jim Pedranti, Co-Chair of the study committee and a member of the Milford Enhancement Committee reminded those present, “This does not mean the process is over, it’s just beginning.” The study will be analyzed by the various groups over the next several weeks following which implementation of the highest priority recommendations will begin. The nearly 150 page study contains recommendations on planning and zoning, business practices and tourism strategies, even physical improvements to boost tourism. Milford Borough recently committed to applying for a grant which would fund several initiatives relevant to the study’s recommendations. The study can be referenced to bolster funding applications. The Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance which acts as the coordinator for the Heritage Communities Program in Northeast PA presented the group with an initial overview of grant opportunities to facilitate the various recommendations.
Milford Heritage Communities