Community Leaders Eye Newville as Potential Trail Town
CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (November 21, 2013) - Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. (CAEDC) has reached out to the Newville Borough, Big Spring Economic Development Council, and other key stakeholders to discuss the idea of Newville planning for future growth as a trail town.
Plans are currently underway to expand the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail to Carlisle in the years to come, placing Newville at the center of the trail that runs to Shippensburg. This creates a unique opportunity for Newville to plan now for the future and offer amenities for the increase in visitors and residents that will be using the rail trail.
"As plans continue for the expansion of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, we believe it is important to strategically plan for Newville's future as the center of this valuable outdoor asset," said Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO. "CAEDC sees a value in assisting this community develop and locate the assets that make trail towns successful including bike shops, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and more."
Currently the Newville Borough Manager and other community leaders from the Newville area are on board and have met with CAEDC to brainstorm and discuss initial ideas. CAEDC's immediate plans include creating a Newville Task Force and meeting in early 2014 to continue planning.
"The Mayor and members of Newville Borough Council are extremely excited about partnering with CAEDC and the task force members as we plan for the improvement of Newville's economic future," said Borough Manager Fred Potzer. "Newville officials and business leaders eagerly look forward to their first cooperative venture with Jonathan Bowser and the CAEDC team."
CAEDC is Cumberland County's authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley's economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Offices are located at 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA. For more information, visit www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.