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Mar 07

Montgomery County is an Important Place

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM by Michael Stokes

Montgomery County has made an impact on our nation and the world.  Here are some examples of how:

Three boys who were educated in Cheltenham Township later became a poet laureate (Ezra Pound), Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin Netanyahu), and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Reggie Jackson).

One of the most famous US Supreme Court cases that defined the separation of church and state was Schempp versus the Abington School District decided in 1963.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival held at the Old Pool Farm in Montgomery County for the last 46 years is ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top ten summer music festivals in the country.

The massive piers for the world famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco were fabricated in Pottstown. 

The King of Prussia Mall with over 400 stores is the largest mall in the US in terms of leasable retail space. 

The first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives was Frederick Muhlenberg from Trappe.

Seven men from Montgomery County have become governor of Pennsylvania.

The current Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, grew up in Willow Grove.

Wallace Triplet from LaMott was one of the first African-American football players to play at Penn State and was the first African-American to be drafted by and play for a National Football League team.

One of the architectural gems in the country, the Beth Shalom Synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in Elkins Park.

Henry Harley (Hap) Arnold, born in Gladwyne, is known as “Father of the United States Air Force.”

And oh yes, Valley Forge, the site of our nation’s defining moment in our struggle for freedom and independence during the bitter winter encampment of General Washington’s Continental Army during the Revolutionary War in 1777-1778, is in Montgomery County.

The point is that Montgomery County is a unique place with much to offer.  In the future, more great things will happen in our county or will be created by county residents as the county continues to prosper and grow.   Yet growth and prosperity are not inevitable.  The continued well-being of our county is dependent upon the decisions that we will make in the years to come.   Good decisions should be based upon a plan that accurately examines current issues facing the county and establishes a vision for the future. 

The county is now developing a new comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision.  This planning process will only be effective if it addresses all of the key issues in the county and sets out a vision embraced by the public.  Please keep involved by checking the website at

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