History

The Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) was established June 2003 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) March 2004. The CEDC was created by members of Ursinus College, Collegeville Borough Council and the local community.

The stated goal was to provide direction and a framework for advancement and promotion of

  • Economic and Commercial Development
  • Economic Revitalization
  • Business, Tourism, Education and Beautification within the Collegeville Borough

The founding members, in a series of three meetings held at the College and facilitated by the Pennsylvania Downtown Organization, developed the following Vision Statement:

  • Promote the Collegeville Business District as a destination
  • Enhance and promote social and economic connections between Ursinus College and the Business District
  • Promote the accessibility and character of Collegeville – thriving and safe
  • Encourage family-related and visitor activities…connecting to regional assets e.g. the Perkiomen Trail, Evansburg State Park, Berman Museum and Kaleidoscope

The first major CEDC initiative was to become a member community of the “Main Street” Program in Pennsylvania, operating as part of the National Historic Trust.

We submitted Main Street Program application and were approved for membership in the program in 2007. With funding from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), as well as local contributions from Ursinus, the Borough, Wyeth (now Pfizer) and CEDC Board members, local matches, the Main Street office was established in an office made available for this use by Ursinus College.

CEDC Committees were established (Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design).