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Hilltown considers business advisory board


Hilltown officials are looking into starting a business advisory board.

Supervisor Caleb Torrice suggested the idea at the Jan. 27 meeting of the board of supervisors, the three-person elected body that governs the municipality locally.

Torrice, owner of a Hilltown business, said the board could meet quarterly with the owners of township-based businesses.

The idea would be to have a forum where officials can learn more about the concerns, challenges and opportunities the entrepreneurs see for their businesses in Hilltown.

Municipal officials could then take that information and use it to determine what, if anything, the township can do to help the businesses better prosper.

“I know of 40 to 50 business owners that would be interested in taking part in this,” Torrice said.

Supervisor Jack McIlhinney said a similar board existed in the past. It faded due, in part, to lack of participation, he said.

Supervisors decided that Township Manager Lorraine Leslie would run point on organizing the board. Torrice said that he would act as the supervisors’ liaison, reporting back to the full board on what business owners express at the meetings.

Torrice and his wife, Patricia, own Tabora Farms, a 10-acre orchard and agricultural entertainment destination in Hilltown. He won election to the board in November 2019, and officially took his seat in January. During his campaign, Torrice said his goals as supervisor would include improved communication between the municipality, residents and businesses, and supporting local businesses.