The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Development Luncheon Oct. 24 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, where the following awards were presented:€¢ The Regional Planning Award was presented to Congressman Jim Gerlach, Limerick Township, Montgomery County's Open Space Committee, state Rep. Tom Quigley, and state Sen. John Rafferty for their combined efforts to purchase 81 acres of the Kurylo Farm in Limerick Township. This land will be preserved as open space and will serve as a greenway link between the Perkiomen and Schuylkill Rivers.

€¢ The Economic Impact Award was presented to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, which will contribute greatly to the economic growth of the Tri-County Area. Located in Limerick Township, this village-style project will offer a collection of 120 designer and name brand outlet stores. It will create approximately 800 to 1,000 jobs and will generate millions of dollars in sales tax revenue.

€¢ The Economic Development Award was presented to the Limerick Township Economic Development Council for the creation of a Land Development Process. This process improves internal and external communications and creates an educational process for personnel and organizations that utilize the Land Development Process in Limerick Township.

€¢ The Legislative Award was presented to Boyertown's Borough Council and Building a Better Boyertown for their cooperation, which as enhanced both parties. Downtown festivals, a façade improvement program for downtown, tree plantings, mini park developments, a newly formed arts and activities alliance, and a Sunday farmer's market are examples of their mutual cooperation.

€¢ The Educator of the Year Award was presented to David R. Dougherty, headmaster at The Hill School. Dougherty has been headmaster since 1993 and under his leadership the school's accomplishments have been sweeping and impressive, in areas ranging from academics and admissions to facilities and residential life.

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