Chester County Briefly: July 13

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Transportation Management Association of Chester County

TMACC presented Transportation Demand Management (TDM) awards to the following individuals, townships, and businesses at its Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon in early June:

  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Donna Siter of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Kennett Township
  • East Goshen Township

TDM is a set of principles and strategies designed to enhance commuting options and transportation for people and goods in a designated area. This incorporates planning and designing for multiple forms of transportation such as walking, biking, public transportation, and cars. It includes creating multimodal plans for communities, instituting a car-share program to employees, and designing a trail to connect to local, popular destinations.

Anthony T. Verwey

Gawthrop Greenwood

Anthony T. Verwey has joined Gawthrop Greenwood, a full-service law firm with offices in West Chester and Wilmington, as a partner. Verwey will focus his practice in the firm’s Municipal and Land Use Department, where he will represent municipalities, appointed officials, school districts, developers, and private clients as the firm continues to expand.

“Tony’s 25 years of experience navigating government regulations is invaluable,” said Walter Eells, Chair of the Gawthrop Greenwood Management Committee. “As a former ethics investigator and prosecutor, he brings unique insight from both sides of the table and is an asset to the clients he serves.”

Verwey began his career with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where he led investigations of alleged rules violations. He went on to run his own private practice, where he represented clients in a variety of matters, including legal ethics, professional discipline investigations and defense, and general litigation.


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Theresa R. Braswell

Lincoln University

Theresa R. Braswell – Class of 1984, a tax preparation and business service expert with more than 25 years of experience – has been elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees.

Braswell is a founder of Robinson Braswell Consulting Services, a tax preparation and financial services company established in 1999 and based in Charlotte. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from Lincoln.

“I am very excited to be positioned to lead the Board of Trustees into a new era of governance,” said Braswell. “It’s time to make being first really matter.”

She plans to address five key areas during her tenure: improving administrative accountability, improving communications with all stakeholders, bringing university policies and procedures current, empowering the Board of Trustees to higher engagement, and increasing the university endowment.

Egalet

Egalet has announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 16,666,667 shares of its common stock and accompanying warrants to purchase up to 16,666,667 shares, at a combined public offering price of $1.80 per share and accompanying warrant.

The aggregate gross proceeds to Egalet – a pharmaceutical company in Wayne focused on developing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative treatments for pain and other conditions – from this offering are expected to be approximately $30.0 million.


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Gymboree

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree plans to close 350 stores – including the one in Exton Mall – as it restructures in bankruptcy.

Gymboree, which is based in San Francisco, filed for bankruptcy protection in June, saying it might close as many as 450 stores. The goal, it said, is a “right size store base.” The company would be able to focus resources on locations with the greatest potential and improve the profitability of the overall business.

Department of Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Services

Chester County’s Department of Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Services has garnered two more national awards for the Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Chester County for the WRAP program as part of its 2017 achievement awards under the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. This award will be presented to Chester County at next week’s NACo conference in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the NACO award, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) recently announced that Chester County’s WRAP program advanced from the “Top 100” to the “Top 25” finalist level from a pool of more than 500 applicants for the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards competition.

The WRAP initiative was launched in January 2014 following extensive research to meet the needs of women who have been incarcerated, who were struggling for basic survival, or who were lacking in skills to transition back into family life.

MERJE

MERJE, a West Chester company that specializes in wayfinding and signage, has been hired as a consultant to the city of Clearwater, Fla., as its officials aim to create a citywide wayfinding and signage plan to help commuters navigate the roadways and easily reach points of interest.

Wayfinding and signage systems serve to help residents and visitors find their way to the various destinations in an area. Wayfinding systems include signage, banners, brochures, visitor guides, gateway features, and public art. Wayfinding is also present in technology through mobile applications and interactive maps.

Wayfinding and signage help promote a city’s overall identity, and help to brand business areas and neighborhoods. Additionally, they serve as a tool for marketing, tourism, and economic development.

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