It took months of surveying, focus groups and research, but Hatboro's long-awaited affiliation with Arcadia University's School of Continuing Studies appears to be moving to fruition.
On Dec. 4, the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce - the vehicle by which the collaborative arrangement has gotten off the ground - will host a three-hour workshop on marketing strategies for business owners.
Hatboro Main Street Manager Stephen Barth, one of the frontrunners in the Arcadia/Hatboro affiliation, said it will "hopefully be the first of many programs and classes to be offered."
From the outset, Arcadia representatives had said they were conducting research and polling the local business community to determine the best fit in terms of programs, courses and workshops for non-traditional students.
Arcadia University Spokesman Ed Neenan said next month's workshop is "an agreed upon offering between both parties" and said, "our relationship and any future offerings will be assessed" since the school's agreement extends only through the end of December.
Barth, calling the workshop a "milestone" for Hatboro, said the first university educational business program for the borough is sure to spur even more offerings.
"This is step one," Barth said. "The courses would be following."
See attached PDF for specifics on the Dec. 4 workshop.