Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Commercial and Industrial Economic Development Pennsylvania

What is PAID, Inc.?

Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. (PAID) is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation originally formed in 1965 to promote commercial and industrial development in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Over the decades, PAID’s activities included development and sale of the 32 lot industrial complex known as the Pottstown Airport Business Campus, as well as the acquisition and resale of downtown commercial and retail properties for redevelopment. In 2010, based on recommendations contained in a 2009 Urban Land Institute report, the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District, and Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority formed a partnership to reorganize PAID for the purpose of coordinating efforts and establishing economic development priorities in Pottstown.

Today PAID is the primary economic development driver for Pottstown. Our efforts are guided, in large part, by three planning documents that may be downloaded below.

Pottstown Economic Development Strategic Plan
Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel Report
Heritage Action Plan

The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors with a full time Executive Director reporting to the board.

PAID's mission is to develop, coordinate and implement an overall economic development strategy for the Borough of Pottstown designed to stimulate investment which will maintain and enhance the tax base; retain and create job opportunities; and restore and utilize or remove under-utilized buildings.

PAID provides services to businesses and organizations seeking to invest, expand or relocate including assistance with site selection, commercial and industrial real estate development and redevelopment, financing, and workforce development. Explore our website to learn more or contact us.

PAID, inc. Board of Directors & Staff

Business recruitment and retention and the attraction of new investment to Pottstown are at the core of our mission. We assist companies, organizations and real estate developers making investment and location decisions by providing information, assisting with feasibility, site selection, financing, and approvals.

Stephen Rodriguez
Superintendent, Pottstown School District

In the Spring of 1997 Stephen began his educational career as a substitute teacher in the Reading school district. He was contracted in August of 1997 and worked in Reading High School for three years. In the fall of 2000, Stephen secured a Special Education position at Governor Mifflin High School, where he also taught at the middle school level. Teaching Learning Support, Emotional Support, and pioneering in regular education Co-Teaching, he honed his skills as an educator.

Stephen graduated from Reading Area Community College with an Associate’s degree, and then immediately moved on to Millersville University as a Special Education Major and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education Degree. He continued his studies at Penn State University where he attained a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and completed his Principal certification program. Stephen continued his graduate work at St. Joseph’s University, earning his “Letter of Eligibility” for the Superintendency.

In 2003 Stephen became the Associate Principal at Governor Mifflin High School , and soon moved on to Hamburg Area High School as the Assistant, and then Acting Principal. In August 2005, he became Principal of Pottstown High School. During his tenure there, math and reading scores rose significantly, the graduation rate rose from 75% to 89%, and the restorative practices concept was used to shape a positive school culture. Some would say that the highlight of his time at PHS is when he dressed up in a blue tux and performed in a “gangnum style” dance!

In 2013, Stephen accepted a new position as the Director of Human Resources, moving to the Pottstown School District Administration Building. His focus became to recruit and hire the best employees for all departments, while also supporting students in a variety of ways, including: policy management, student and professional discipline, and personnel/human resources management. In 2016, he was appointed the Acting Superintendent to serve in the role for the full academic school year

In 2017, the board of directors appointed Stephen the Superintendent for a 4 year contract. He is dedicated to moving the district forward and it has been his greatest pleasure to be a part of the Pottstown Team!

Jerry Nugent
Exec. Director, Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority

John F. “Jerry” Nugent currently serves as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery and has held that position since 2001.

Prior to assuming that responsibility, he spent nearly four decades in the public and private sectors with responsibility for major economic development and housing developments throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. One example of his work is the transformational redevelopment effort in Conshohocken Borough, where he served as the principal advisor to local and county government beginning in 1982.

He began his career in Atlantic City, New Jersey following college and service in the United States Army. He subsequently worked in the private sector for 15 years in economic development planning and implementation throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jerry has a long history of involvement with Pottstown Borough, having worked in past years on the Community College Project, the new Borough Hall, Restoration of 152 East High Street (Brick Tavern), the Industrial Highway extension, as well as a number of neighborhood improvement projects. At the present time, he serves on the Pottstown Blighted Property Review Committee, and since 2009, he has been a team member working on the restructuring of PAID, Inc. and reestablishment of its mission.

He currently serves on the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and Montgomery County Housing Authority. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha, which is an International Land Economics Society.

Jerry and his family have resided in nearby New Hanover Township since 1978.

Eileen Dautrich
President, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce

In 1990, Eileen Dautrich began working for TCACC as a student intern in the Boyertown Area Chamber of Commerce office. She returned to the Chamber a number of times, working in various capacities and eventually being hired as the Vice President of Administration in 1999. Eileen was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2006. With the reorganization of the Chamber in fall of 2010, Eileen was promoted to President of the TriCounty Chamber effective November 1, 2010.

In her position as Executive Vice President, Eileen facilitated and managed the day-to-day operations for the Chamber. In addition, for 9 years she served as the Director of the Leadership Tri-County program, and continues to manage the Chamber’s 501(c)(3) organization, the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Inc. Foundation. As President, Eileen is responsible for building relationships with the members and the community as well expanding the organization’s programs, member benefits and continuing to manage the daily activities of the organization.

Eileen earned a B.S. in Business Education, with a concentration in accounting, from Bloomsburg University. Her ongoing professional development has included graduating from the U.S. Chamber’s four year program, the Institute for Organization Management, in 2005 and graduating from the Leadership Tri-County program in 2000. She attends various seminars and participates in webinars every year that help strengthen her business knowledge and allow her to greater assist TCACC and its members. Her favorite part of working at the Chamber is that she is passionate about what the Chamber stands for in the tri-county community and the satisfaction of being able to help the local, small businesses, and the community at large through her daily activities.

Eileen is the recipient of the YWCA Tri-County Area’s Tribute to Exceptional Women Award for the Non-Profit/Public Service category. Eileen also received her Pennsylvania Certified Chamber Executive designation from the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals in 2013. She has served on various boards in the tri-county region including the Healthy Woman Advisory Board at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and was a board member for the YWCA Tri-County Area; she is a current member of the board of directors for Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. In a statewide role, Eileen also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals and currently serves as a member of the Professional Development and Recognition Committee for the Association.

A graduate of the Boyertown Area School District, she still resides in the district with her husband and her daughter.

David Leinbach
President, Kaiser Construction Co., Inc.

David K. Leinbach is President and founder of Kaiser Construction and then acquired Martin Construction Company of Denver, Pa. a Commercial contractor in 2010. In 2017 the decision was made to merge the companies into The Kaiser-Martin Group thereby creating a premier construction company suited for growth into the future. David also has majority ownership of Kaiser Investment which is a Property Management firm.

With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, David has the hands on expertise in all areas including employee benefits. A BS in Business Management and Course work in for a Master’s of Management has helped to enhance the skills needs to meet today’s marketplace. David also has experience in the governmental sector; having served 18 years as a Township Supervisor and as the Chairman for ABC SEPA, BIE and the TCACC Legislative Committees. His community service extends from working with his church, holding a National soccer coaching license and to Tri-County Chamber, Steel River Performing Arts Center and other local organizations.

David serves on numerous local civic organizations and is active in his church. Additionally, he serves on the National and Local Board of MBCEA and serves on Nucor Steel’s “Presidential Advisory Team”.

Louis A. Rieger
CEO, The High Street Music Company

As a Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. board member and CEO of The High Street Music Company (HSMC), Louis A. Rieger shares the vision to revitalize the community and enrich the lives of its constituents. Rieger continues to develop relationships with the school district, outreach organizations and local businesses to achieve this objective. Rieger studied Music Education/Jazz Studies at Rowan University. He possesses extensive knowledge of the music industry, ranging from performing in various venues from the east to west coast, producing and consulting artists, to years of educating and motivating others for almost two decades.

Located at 135 East High Street in Pottstown, PA, The High Street Music Company (HSMC) is staffed with a family of qualified and motivated instructors. The love for music education and young people inspires HSMC to convey the need for music in the curriculum of life. Rieger is also currently working on establishing a non-profit entity titled From the Streets to the Studio (FSTS). This non-profit will provide a resource for education in Multimedia and Audio Production to those students that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

The passion for change is apparent when speaking to Louis about goals for his arts business and the socioeconomic initiative in Pottstown. Rieger strongly desires to seek opportunities to guide young people, develop community outreach relationships and projects, and bring music into the lives of every Pottstown resident.

Dick Frantz

P. Richard Frantz, A.I.A. is a registered architect with a general practice located in Pottstown since 1968. His clients include The Hill School, National Penn Bank, the Pottstown School District, Borough of Pottstown, Creative Health Services, Inc. and many others. His services include the design of new construction, additions, renovations, and rehabilitations and adaptive reuse and historic restoration projects.
Frantz is an active member of the Rotary Club of Pottstown and has served as the Governor of District 7430. He serves on the Historic Architectural Review Board and the Board of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, the TriCounty Chamber of Commerce, and the NARI-Building Industries Exchange as well as PAID, Inc. Previously he served on the Board of the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation and was a member of and is a past president of the Board of the Downtown Pottstown Improvement District Authority. He has received awards from the Church Architectural Guild and the Building Industries Exchange and was named to the Pottstown School District Honor Roll, and was given the Elk’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Craig Cigas
President & CEO, Cigas Machine Shop, Inc.

Craig Cigas is the president and CEO of Cigas Machine Shop, Inc. based in Coatesville, PA. Having learned the machinist trade in his early years, Cigas went on to graduate from Drexel University’s College of Engineering. His work experience includes work in the areas of piezopolymer research, commercial power distribution and industrial control systems. He maintains professional memberships with IEEE and ACM.
The company, founded by his father in 1958, manufactures specialty stainless steel parts used in the energy, municipal water, wastewater, mining, chemical, and other industries and primarily serves customers in the North America market.
In 2008, the company expanded its production capacity with the acquisition and extensive renovation of a vacant property in the Pottstown Industrial Complex. As a business owner and engineer with an interest in sustainable technologies, Cigas took the role of lead engineer for the renovation. Since its completion, the project has become a model for the practical application of LEED design guidance adapted to a heavy industrial use.

David Kraybill
Executive Director, Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation

Paul Fulmer
Principal, Abacus Development

Paul Fulmer is a real estate agent, developer, investor, and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of buying, leasing, developing, and building real property. Mr. Fulmer’s projects reflect an understanding of design and construction and he has extensive experience with historic buildings and current office and retail tenant needs. From his base in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Mr. Fulmer participates in property transactions along the east coast of the United States and has advised on numerous international projects.

Specific projects include the urban adaptive reuse and tenanting of Champion Forge, conceptualizing and building of several self-storage projects, and sale leasebacks and complicated financing transactions. Mr. Fulmer was involved with the re-tenanting, repositioning, relocation and development of many restaurants including Fenz, Domino’s, Rachel’s Café and Creperie, Pita Pit, Sukhothai, and the International Sugar Arts Institute.

Mr. Fulmer earned an A.B. Degree in Government and Law from Lafayette College, attended the Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and is an alumnus of The Hill School. Mr. Fulmer serves on the Boards of the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, the North Museum of Natural History and Science, the James Street Improvement District and Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc.

Richard Newell
CEO, Pottstown Hospital Tower Health

Rich Newell took the reigns as CEO of Pottstown Hospital in July 2015. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience as both a clinician and administrator. One of his main goals at Pottstown is community engagement. He currently serves as an active Board member of TriCounty Chamber of Commerce, Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Tri-County Health Council, and Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

A native of Miami, Florida, Newell grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He graduated with a double major in business administration and economics, and a minor in marketing. After getting his master’s and doctor of physical therapy at Temple University, Newell worked as a physical therapist at Temple University Hospital. He then moved to Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia where he had the role of director of business development. Newell then became COO at Roxborough, and was recruited for the same position at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He transitioned into an administrator’s position before being named CEO of Carlisle in 2013.

David DiMattio
VP for West Campus, Montgomery County Community College

David DiMattio was named Vice President of the West Campus in June 2016. In that role, he oversees all aspects of MCCC’s West Campus while working in tandem with the institution’s vice presidents to provide college-wide leadership as a member of the president’s cabinet. In addition, he is charged with building business and community partnerships and expanding the College’s outreach to the Greater Pottstown region.

Dr. DiMattio began working at MCCC in March 2014 as Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Under his leadership, MCCC introduced new programs in environmental studies, cyber security, interactive media, database management, biotechnology and biomanufacturing. He also led the development of the Sustainability and Innovation Hub in Pottstown, which features teaching laboratories for aquaponics, hydroponics and engineering technology, along with a new Software Developer Academy, which launches in June.

Dr. DiMattio worked with the College’s Foundation to initiate a STEM Executive Council, which brings together approximately 25 regional STEM leaders to discuss initiatives at the college and in the county. The council’s work has yielded numerous internship and research opportunities for MCCC students.

Before arriving at MCCC, Dr. DiMattio served as Dean of Clare College at St. Bonaventure University in New York. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in physics from St. Bonaventure University.

John Jones
Owner, Budget Maintenance Concrete

Rick Wood
Chief Financial & Operating Officer, The Hill School

Justin Keller
Interim Borough Manager, Pottstown Borough

As Interim Borough Manager, Mr. Keller serves at the will of the Borough Council and is responsible for the direction and coordination of all borough departments and programs, except police, and its administrative management. He is also responsible for overseeing the operation of the Pottstown Area Rapid Transit System and the Pottstown Municipal Airport.

PAID is developing, coordinating and implementing an economic development strategy that will stimulate investment and sustainable growth.