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June 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meeting Hall
1214 Horseshoe Pike
Downingtown, PA 19335
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Town Hall Meeting: Strategic Assessment

Monday, June 18, 2018

East Brandywine Township: Assessing Where We are as a Township

On February 1, the Board of Supervisors initiated an overall assessment of the state of affairs of East Brandywine Township.  The intent of the study is to provide Township leadership an unbiased overview of a full range of external and internal aspects of East Brandywine, including, but not limited to:

  • Municipal Operations
  • Institutional Culture
  • Township Committees and Commissions
  • Volunteerism
  • Public Works
  • Fire and Police
  • Traffic
  • Historical sites
  • Recreation
  • Open space
  • Trails
  • Communications
This study is not a land development process. It is a holistic review to understand the operations and economics of East Brandywine in 2018.

Leading the study are Richard Pomerantz, a Co-Senior partner in The Strategy Group, Inc., a strategy consultancy and executive leadership coaching organization, and Ray Halvorsen, Senior Partner of Halvorsen Associates, LLC. Richard and Ray gained expertise in the municipal and leadership arenas as part of their service for Westtown and West Goshen Townships. Richard is in his fourth term as chairman of the Westtown Planning Commission. Ray was active in West Goshen for over 30 years. Now retired, he served as Supervisor for two decades and Director of Public Works. Their knowledge and experience provide them with a unique perspective on township management and operations.

Since February, Richard and Ray have been reviewing voluminous Township documents and reports. Over 60 interviews have been conducted with past and present local business owners, Township committee and commission leaders, the Board of Supervisors, Township management and staff, legal counsel, various Township consultants, and integral municipal departments (Fire and Police) Also included in their review are discussions with other Chester County township managers as they explore for best practices.
In addition, a strategic focus group was conducted with residents and business owners in early May. Participants were able to share thoughts on a variety of points in a private session overseen only by Richard and Ray.

The focus of all interviews and discussions is to gain an insight as to the perceived current strengths, weaknesses, threats, risks, and recommendations of and for East Brandywine.
The penultimate phase of the study will be a public Town Hall meeting open to all residents scheduled for June 18 at 7:00 PM at the Township Building.

At the public Town Hall meeting, Richard and Ray will explain the mandate given by the Board of Supervisors. They will walk through the process they have taken and share some initial consistent strategic themes that have been raised during the process. Issues will be put on the table for public discussion and debate.

After this phase is completed, Richard and Ray will prepare a candid assessment of East Brandywine today along with a Five Year Strategic Plan with recommendations. This report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors to review and consider for implementation by management.

The final report will be available for the public to view on the Township website.