Montgomery County Today
Comprehensive plans are based on existing conditions, trends, and community concerns. This in-depth information is summarized in Montgomery County Today. This important report provided valuable background information for the creation of Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, Montgomery County's nationally awarded new comprehensive plan. The report shows that Montgomery County is so much more than a large, prosperous, diverse suburb of Philadelphia. It is:
- A leading Innovator for Businesses and Industries throughout American History. From early paper mills, iron works, and film studios to cutting-edge pharmaceutical and investment firms, Montgomery County has been on the leading edge of innovation in the nation’s economy. Today, with over half a million jobs, the county remains a vibrant place of commerce and work.
- A Transportation Gateway to Pennsylvania. With the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Northeast Extension, Schuylkill Expressway, and Blue Route intersecting in Montgomery County and with an extensive railroad network, the county is a transportation hub, linking the Philadelphia area with the rest of the state.
- A Shopping Destination. The King of Prussia Mall—the largest mall complex on the East Coast—as well as the Philadelphia Premium Outlets and countless malls, shopping centers, and stores, make Montgomery County a regional attraction for shoppers.
- A Procession of Traditional Towns Dotted Along Train Lines. Classic old towns, such as Narberth, Conshohocken, Royersford, Glenside, Ambler, and Souderton, are strung along the county’s rail lines, providing appealing main street downtowns for residents and visitors.
- A Historic Place Tied Directly to the Nation’s Founding. From Valley Forge National Historical Park to the James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, from Colonial-era farmsteads to Art Deco movie theaters, the county reflects the ever-changing character of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
- An Interconnected Community of Schools, Parks, Libraries, and Trails. Montgomery County provides abundant community resources to its residents and visitors with popular parks, many colleges and universities, excellent public and private schools, an extensive trail network along the Schuylkill River, Perkiomen Creek, and Wissahickon Creek, and many libraries.