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Montgomery County, PA, Holds Appeal for Residents, Visitors

County offers diverse economy, unmatched quality of life.

By Livability on June 24, 2022

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Courtesy of Montgomery County Commerce Department

The Pennsylvania Turnpike and other major highways make it easy to get from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to just about anywhere, but most people would rather arrive than leave. 

They come for jobs in Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and Main Street businesses. And they come for the opportunity to own a home close to work and to great schools in Montgomery County’s 62 boroughs and townships. They also come to dine in one of the nearly 2,000 restaurants and to shop at places such as King of Prussia Mall, the largest mall on the East Coast. 

Tourists come to connect with the nation’s history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and entire families come to participate in youth sports, cheerleading and dance tournaments and enjoy the convenience of the county’s 9,500 hotel rooms. 

Tourism is a $1.7 billion industry in Montgomery County, thanks to attractions including Legoland Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting. Golfers can take on the challenge of 54 public and private courses with 300,000 yards of fairways and greens. 

Residents and visitors alike can hop on a bike or walking trail — there are 100 miles of them — and find themselves close to the Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia, all without ever getting in a car. 

“The ‘experience side of life’ is what we offer,” says Mike Bowman, president and CEO of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board. “When you look at Montgomery County, there’s a lot for residents and visitors to do.” 

Montgomery County’s diverse economy has positioned it as a leader in the region, says David Zellers, director of the county’s Commerce Department. 

For example, AmerisourceBergen, a pharmaceutical distributor, selected the county for its international headquarters. SEI, a leading global provider of asset management, investment processing and investment operation solutions, found the ideal site for its 96-acre headquarters campus in Montgomery County. There are 95 institutions of higher education within a 50-mile radius. 

“We’re the place to live, work, learn and invest,” Zellers notes. 

Montgomery County’s advantages add up to an unmatched quality of life that keeps getting better, says Jenna Antoniewicz, mayor of Royersford Borough. 

“We’ve recently received multiple grants to extend our river trail, to renovate the old trestle bridge connecting to Chester County, to update Victory Park with a new entrance and playground equipment, electric charging stations in our parking lots, and several investors have taken an interest in our Main Street over the past four years,” she explains. 

“The purchasing and updating of our historic downtown buildings has been a game-changer. Twenty-plus new businesses have arrived in our borough in the past few years, including a few during the pandemic. And there is more to come,” Antoniewicz adds. 

From bright city lights to quiet, pastoral settings, Montgomery County has what growing numbers of individuals, families and businesses are searching for. 

“There’s the right chemistry here for opportunity, and we truly are the keystone of the northeast corridor,” Zellers concludes. 

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