The Equine Industry’s $670 Million Impact on the Local Region

Credit: Delaware Valley University. Delaware Valley University released a new study on the economic impact of the equine industry.

Delaware Valley University released a new study on the equine industry’s economic impact in Southeastern Pennsylvania

DOYLESTOWN – Residents and tourists driving around Southeastern Pennsylvania are frequently impressed with the beauty of the area’s pastures and horses, but many do not realize the full contribution of the equine industry on the region’s economy; the equine industry spends $546 million on goods, services, wages, and salaries in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The impact of this spending generates $670 million to regional GDP, supports more than 6,550 jobs and generates $58 million in tax revenue. The sector also provides almost $160 million in annual payroll and plays a vital role in maintaining open spaces and agricultural production.

John Urbanchuk, chair of agribusiness at DelVal, directed the study. Dr. Sarah Young, chair of the DelVal animal science department; Cory Kieschnick, chair of the DelVal equine science and management department; and Christine Seel; co-chair of the DelVal business and information management department worked with Urbanchuk on the study.

The study was commissioned by the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau. The region in the study consists of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York counties. Southeastern Pennsylvania is home to two leading equine counties in Pennsylvania, Lancaster, and Chester.

The last study of the equine industry in Pennsylvania was conducted and published by Penn State in 2003 and examined the entire Commonwealth. The information from the study will be provided to policymakers, local government officials, equine industry professionals, and the general public.

Fast Facts about the Equine Industry’s Economic Impact in the Region:

  • The equine industry pumps $386 million in direct spending on goods and services into the Southeastern Pennsylvania economy.
  • The industry provides an annual payroll of almost $160 million
  • The equine sector supports 6,550 jobs in all sectors of the regional economy
  • Taxpayers benefit from $58 million in tax revenue generated by equine activities.

REMINDER: Kutztown Church to celebrate life of Professor Henry W. Sharadin

Sharadin served on the faculty of Keystone State Normal School for more than 30 years

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will celebrate dedication Sunday on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. The church will dedicate improvements made over the past few years and gifts made by members of the congregation. St. Paul’s is located at 47 South Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Speaking at the event will be Jerry Silberman, KU vice president for Administration and Finance. An open house will immediately follow the dedication.

Among those items being dedicated is a newly restored mural created more than 60 years ago by the late Henry W. Sharadin. The nine-foot-by-14-foot mural was originally installed in the church’s former Sunday school building which has since been demolished. The mural was broken into eight pieces in order to remove it from the building. It has been restored by local artist Johnathan Bond, Kempton, and installed in the church’s new Sharadin Lounge.

Born in 1872, Sharadin was an 1891 graduate of Keystone State Normal School. After Keyston, he received degrees in art from both the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Art School, New York City.

After several years of operating a gallery in Reading, Sharadin came back to Keystone in 1907 and served on the faculty for more than 30 years, retiring in 1939 from what was then Kutztown State Teachers College. He taught art for the Allentown School District from 1916 to 1919, his only departure from KSNS during his teaching career.

In 1924, Keystone State Normal School was granted authority to institute a three-year course designed to prepare and certify art supervisors. Sharadin became the first chair of what is now the Department of Art Education and Crafts.

Sharadin died in April 1966 at the age of 93. The Sharadin Arts Building on the campus of Kutztown University is named in his honor.

For more information contact John Keiser, consistory president, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, at 610-683-3130.