People who live outside of Schuylkill County may not think of Pottsville as a place with a vibrant or lively business climate but that could be about to change.
Sometimes, all it takes is a change in perspective.
Coal was the dominant industry for the city for many, many years. But the world’s a different place now.
The city is the home of Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery – and America’s best beer, the lager – but it’s also home to a growing pool of business leaders looking to revitalize the community and bring more businesses in.
Officials are hosting a public workshop “visionary meeting” this Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. to develop a strategic action plan to make the city thrive. The program will be at The Lodge at Sharp Mountain, 201 S. 26th St., Pottsville, 17901.
Most likely, there will be more opportunities for these community meetings to spur ideas for revitalizing the city.
With a focus on living downtown, arts and entertainment and tourism, the city is hoping to spark interest from participants with facilitators focused on different segments.
They think that by bringing in more visitors, creating more entertainment options and providing more living space in the downtown, they can create a more active business environment.
The closure of the Schuylkill Mall in nearby Frackville could be a positive thing for Pottsville if more businesses decide to set up shop in the city. One of the mall’s large tenants, the Pearl Theatre, is planning to build a movie theater on top of a new parking deck.
Much like any revitalization effort, the positive results will take time, perseverance and patience before they become reality. It takes people with vision to lead the way.
Hopefully, their efforts will pay off.