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Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Inc

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Inc
Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania 18252

County (ARC Region) Schuylkill
State (ARC Region) Pennsylvania


Q1. Mission:

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership’s mission is to make Tamaqua a place where people can be happy by creating meaningful connections and opportunities for Economic Vitality, Health & Well Being, Arts & Music, Personal Growth through Learning, Sports & Recreation, to elevate the community with Food and to use our heritage as stepping stone to our future.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Although small, Tamaqua, PA, maximizes our capacity by focusing on comprehensive, place-based, sustainable rural community development aligning with Rural LISC Sustainable Communities Pillars and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s Blueprint Communities Program. 

  1. ENTREPRENEURIAL & BUSINESS – Traditional Main Street Program Revitalization, Affordable Housing Development, KIVA Trustee micro-lending, PA City Revitalization Improvement Zone Implementation, US Opportunity Zone Implementation, Heritage Tourism Development, South Ward Neighborhood Revitalization, Downtown Upper Floor Redevelopment, Development of Overnight Accommodations, Health Care Job Creation, Makespace development.
  2.  EDUCATION – Communities That Care Prevention Education including Life Skills Training, Social Development Strategy and Strengthening Families Training; Development of local Duel Enrollment & Higher Education Opportunities, Development of PA’s first Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Track to train rural family doctors, Nurse Residency Program Development,  Personal and Community Leadership Training, Work Force Development, Work Readiness Program development, and Recovery-supportive Employment with “Hope & Coffee.”
  3.  INFRASTRUCTURE – Intermodal Transportation Enhancements including walking trails, biking trails, public transportation and rail infrastructure improvments. 
  4.  NATURAL & CULTURAL RESOURCES –   Development, preservation and promotion of 52-block, 900+property National and LOCAL historic district; Integrated Heritage and Recreational Tourism as part of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area;  creative placemaking, Arts & Culture Development & Promotion, Trail, Park & Playground Development, Volkswalk Development, Historic Property Preservation and Restoration. 
  5. Leadership development through Leadercast(TM), Monthly Leadership Skills Working Group, Lifeskills Training, Social Development Training and “Choose-Happiness.Org” civic and personal engagement, and health & wellness development.

We understand this seems like a lot, but our people really do do a lot.,, and are our four websites.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/9 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/10 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $430,000/$390,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $373,974 / $543,829

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $430,000 / $390,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($27,200)
Received From: payroll protection loan   Date Received: 4/16/20
For What Purpose(s): payroll protection

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Our Arts Center has been closed for a large part of this year and programs dramatically reduced.  We have experienced a net loss of revenue of $70,000 year over year just from the Arts Center.  Our Hope & Coffee recovery-supportive coffee shop is even worse.  We were open 6 days a week and are now only open three 1/2 days per week. We have seen a loss of more than 50% of our sales revenue.    In addition our community engagement and community planning process (Tamaqua Choose Happiness) had to go virtual and it’s very difficult to have a meaningful community planning process without live meetings.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Our lost sales revenue from our Arts Center and our Recovery Friendly Coffee Shop may force us to close one or both of these critical community services.
Not being able to provide meaningul employment hours to our team has resulted in avioidable SUD relapses.
Our creative placemaking efforts are proven to improve social capital and social connectedness but we do not have funding to continue these.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

It is our hope that, as we reorganize and plan under the Tamaqua Choose Happiness Plan and Brand, this ARC process and program will help us have a purposeful discussion about what that plan should look like.  We want to know how structure our organization and community efforts to be sustainable.  We are very tired of being held out as a great example of comprehensive community development while we are constantly struggling to sustain our operations.  We’ve been doing this for 25 years and long for sustainability and we are hoping this ARC programs can give us some direction and strategy.  


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Short-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Micah Gursky, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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