In June 26, 1988, Perkasie endured a devastating fire in the downtown business district. The blaze destroyed four buildings and severely damaged three other structures. The fire displaced six businesses, countless residents and negatively impacted and disrupted the surrounding area for years.
Immediately after the fire, a group of concerned business owners, residents and borough officials formed a task force to restore the downtown. Named the “Perkasie Towne Improvement Association” (PTIA), this group was the forerunner to the Perkasie Olde Towne Association.
Working together, PTIA and Perkasie Borough were responsible for the three-phase town improvement plan that was completed over the next five years. PTIA's focus was to oversee the reconstruction of not only the area of the town center affected by the fire, but also other retail and residential areas in the central part of the borough. As a result of these efforts, streetscape enhancements such as decorative street lights, underground utilities, and new sidewalks with decorative brick borders were built while new benches, trash receptacles and street trees were placed throughout the focus area.
In 1991, PTIA members formed a marketing group known as Perkasie Olde Towne. Its first marketing promotion held "Perkasie Olde Towne Day." Later, Christmas holiday promotional festivities and a summer car show were added. These three promotions continue to be popular events anticipated every year to this day.
In 1999, PTIA and Perkasie Olde Towne group came together to form one group, the Perkasie Olde Towne Association, dedicated to town improvements and economic development. In 1999 a Community and Economic Development Director was hired. In 2000 Perkasie was approved as a "Main Street Program Community."
Since then, POTA has worked diligently with Perkasie Borough Council and the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce to create opportunities for businesses to open and thrive in the borough. In 2010, the popular Perkasie Farmers Market returned to the corner of 7th and Market Streets and plans are underway to establish a “First Friday in Perkasie” event focused on a “Shop and Dine” promotion.
Perkasie Olde Towne Association is dedicated to the enhancement of a diverse business community while recognizing the uniqueness of Perkasie. We give support and guidance with integrity and respect. Through marketing and community events we foster, encourage and maintain a thriving community.