Webster to host policy hearing on supporting main street’s small businesses Thursday in Upper Providence

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in Upper Providence on how the state can better support small businesses.

The hearing, “Supporting Main Street: State Resources for Small Businesses” will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Upper Providence Township Building, 1286 Black Rock Road, Phoenixville. Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a previous meeting he hosted to discuss ways to revitalize Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

           10 a.m.      Welcome and opening remarks

10:10 a.m. Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

10:25 a.m. David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission 

           10:40 a.m. Panel of business and policy experts:

  • Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce 
  • Nathan Schadler, president, Lower Providence Business Association
  • Joshua Weikert, assistant professor, Immaculata University 
  • Stephen Barth, president, Barth Consulting Group 

            11:40 a.m.  Closing remarks    


The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com. Hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.