Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (“HPED”) began in 2005 in response to increasing concerns about deteriorating conditions in the older business districts in the Township. Inspired by a belief that our older business districts had great potential for revitalization, a Citizens Task Force for Commercial Revitalization was formed by the Haverford Township Civic Council. The goals of the Task Force were to initiate, direct, and implement strategies to revitalize all of the township business districts.
In May of 2006, following numerous meetings, surveys, studies and analyses, the Task Force published its Assessment Report that identifying six “Key Planning Challenges.”
A series of additional meetings were held to capture and define community thoughts, visions, and ideas on how to improve our business districts. In 2007, the Task Force produced a Summary of Ideas from “Imagine the Possibilities” Community Listening Sessions and a Six-Point Economic Development Strategy designed to supplement the township’s land use plan.
In response to the efforts and initiatives of the Task Force, the Township Planning Commission hired Thomas Comitta Associates to formulate a land use plan for the two of the Township’s business districts – the Eagle Road and Haverford Road corridors. That land use plan was completed in 2008 – and the Haverford Township Board of Commissioners approved the “gateways” to the Eagle Road corridor as an Addendum to the Haverford Township Comprehensive Plan.
In 2009, we separated from the Haverford Township Civic Council to create the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED). HPED incorporated as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation in 2010 and obtained federal 501©(3) nonprofit, tax exempt status in 2015.
Our Founding HPED Members are: Boyle Energy, Charles Gans Plumbing, Heating and A/C, Edward Jones Investments, Nolan Painting, Oakmont Pub, Orsini’s Collision Service and Wagner Real Estate.
In 2016, with support from Haverford Township, we hired former HPED board member Jeanne Angell, now our part-time Executive Director. In 2019 we hired Amy Sweeney as our part-time Project Coordinator
A former HPED board member, Jeanne has been employed part-time by HPED since 2016. She grew up near Buffalo, NY but has lived in Haverford Township for the past 28 years, raising three boys with her husband Sam. She has a BA from Earlham College and a Masters in Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College. Jeanne has been very active in the civic life of Haverford Township. She was on the board of the Llanerch Civic Association for 18 years, serving as president for seven years. She was co-chair of the Llanerch Crossing Park Committee, and served on the leadership team for the Task Force for Business Revitalization. Jeanne is co-founder and coordinator of the Haverford Tree Tenders program. She has served on the Haverford Township Civic Council board for the past ten years and is editor of their Informed Citizen's Network Newsletter.
Mariesa works part-time, assisting with office management, greening projects, event coordination, and marketing. She manages our membership program and coordinates the Local Ventures Club.
She has a Bachelor's degree in English from Gettysburg College as well as a Master's degree in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University and a background in student affairs in higher education. She lives in Manoa with her husband, two young girls, and three pets.
The HPED Board of Directors is a diverse set of stakeholders in our community: commercial property owners, business owners, Township officials, and residents.
HPED Board President Don Kelly recently retired as Director of Community and Economic Development with the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. He is an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University and Penn State Brandywine in urban planning, economic development, public policy and community revitalization. He has served on the Haverford Township Civic Council board for the past 20 years, and was president for four. In 2005, Don led the effort to organize the Citizens Task Force for Business Revitalization. He is co-founder of Haverford Green which maintains the Triangle Garden in Oakmont. Don and his wife Christine live in the Merwood section of Havertown.
Brian is the owner and roastmaster at House cup Coffee Roasters in Havertown. Prior to launching House Cup, Brian spent his career in education as a college administrator, adjunct professor and a marketing consultant to nonprofit organizations. He is also the co-founder and board member of TargetX, an educational technology company he started in 1998 employing more than 100 people with offices in Conshohocken and Oakland, CA. Brian holds a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and lives with his wife, Adrienne, son Xavier and daughter Sarah in Havertown.
Christine has been a resident of Haverford Township for 38 years and is the retired Director of the Haverford Township Free Library. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Haverford Township Civic Council for six years and Secretary for four, and is a member of the Finance Committee. Raised in Darby, she lived in Springfield and Clifton Heights before settling in Havertown where she and her husband raised three children, all attending Haverford Township schools. Christine has a BA in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and a Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University.
Bill Wechsler is Township Commissioner for the 9th Ward, and the Township Representative to the HPED Board.
Bill has a background in engineering and telecommunications. He has lived in the Township for 30 years, where he and his wife raised four children. He is a firefighter and EMT for the Manoa Fire Company.
Ken has lived in Havertown since 1986 and raised three children here. He was a co-founder of Haverford Green, past President of the Haverford Township Adult School, and Moderator for a League of Women Voters candidate debate. In other volunteer service, he is Editor of The Sentinel for the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Historical Society, peer reviewer for several academic journals, Treasurer of the Brown Club of Philadelphia. His day job is Senior Improvement Advisor at Pennsylvania Hospital working in patient safety and process improvement. He holds an MS from the Wharton School and a BS from Brown University.
HPED Board Treasurer William Gowie earned his Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and his Masters in Taxation at Villanova. He is a partner at Barsz Gowie Amon Fultz, specializing in tax preparation and business planning for both small and medium sized businesses as well as individuals. Bill lives in Haverford Township with his wife and three children. He serves on the Board of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
Mike is a principal at Valley Forge Financial Group. He has a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and professional experience in Business, Finance, and Real Estate. He serves on the board of the Malvern Retreat House. He and his wife have lived in Havertown for 13 years, and are raising three sons here.
George has been practicing law in Havertown for the past 18 years, but started his career as an engineer in the aerospace and defense industry. He has a BSME from Bucknell University, and a JD from Villanova. George has extensive litigation and trial experience, in both state and federal courts. He primarily represents high/new technology businesses and manufacturers. He has been active in the Rotary Club, the Citizen’s Task Force for Business Revitalization, Haverford Civic Council and the Youth Aid Panel. George and his wife Pam live in Oakmont where they raised three children.
John is owner of The Ondik Group, a management consulting firm, where he works with large and small businesses and government on a variety of strategy and process improvement efforts. He teaches courses for entrepreneurs and small business owners at the Wharton School. He holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. He lives in Llanerch with his wife Liz, where he raised three children.
Gina Ranieri is co-owner of Ranieri and Kerns Associates Construction Company, one of HPED's Platinum Sponsors.
Gina grew up in Haverford Township and has been an active volunteer with Haverford Green, HPED greening projects, and planters at HMS.
Clara Burke is Relationship Manager for the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. She grew up in the Ardmore section of Haverford Township and attended Haverford High School and Delaware County Community College. She lives in Havertown with her husband Bob.
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