Reason #9 to have a ball at the Sustain-A-Ball: DETER WAREHOUSES & TRUCK TRAFFIC

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Why should you join us at the RenewLV’s 2017 Sustain-a-Ball on June 17?

Reason # 9:  DETER WAREHOUSES AND TRUCK TRAFFIC THROUGH SUPPORTING FARMLAND PRESERVATION

Farmland preservation is a viable strategy to deter future increases in truck traffic and protect the Lehigh Valley’s air quality and quality of life 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we have a serious warehouse problem in the Lehigh Valley.  As warehouses have proliferated throughout the region, they have brought polluting and unsafe increases in truck traffic.

Not only do the big trucks clog traffic and bear down on you when you are driving on Routes 22 and 78, but increasingly they are damaging  secondary roads not designed to support heavy loads carried by huge trucks. Truck traffic is dangerous! We see mangled autos and overturned tractor trailers and think, “that could be me or someone I love.”

  • Warehouses and the development of farmland are compromising our air quality through truck traffic and traffic congestion. According to the American Lung Association, the Lehigh Valley has the 14th worst air quality in the nation.  They consistently give us an “F” rating for our air quality. 

If you, like us, can’t imagine our region with TWICE the number of trucks we have today, join us today by advocating for funding farmland preservation.  Robust farmland preservation programs can protect us against future warehouse development and increases in truck traffic.

We can make Farmland Preservation the ethos of our region.  The need is urgent.  We need you to do two things:

  1.  Tell all candidates for public office you meet at the polls tomorrow, Tuesday May 16th, “Fund Farmland Preservation.”
  2.  Buy your tickets today the Sustain-a-Ball on June 17th.

Sustain-a-Ball

Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 PM

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

Program, hors d’oeuvres

Ceremony by Lakota Leader

Pasta bar, dessert, music, dancing

Silent Auction

Attire: Formal to Farm-All! 

The Sustain-a-Ball will be a celebration of Lehigh Valley efforts to protect and preserve the region’s farmland.

An evening of fun, food, music and friendship that will help fund RenewLV’s Farmland Preservation Campaign.

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and others including The Amaranth Foundation, Jenny’s Kuali, The Sustainable Energy Fund, Morgan Stanley, Morris Black & Sons, Working Dog Press, The Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Mike Drabenstott, Bill Erdman, Bill George, Dick Lane, Julie Thomases, Don Miles, Mike Drabenstott.

See old friends and — make new ones. Connect with people who care about farmland preservation, food sustainability and the environment.  Help celebrate our region’s farmland preservation heroes.

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

Buy your ticket ($50 each) NOW at https://tinyurl.com/sustainaball to reserve your spot.

If you have a business or organization that would like to sponsor the Sustain-a-Ball, let us know as soon as possible.  Additionally, you can promote your organization or business through a basket or item for the silent auction.  Let us know.  Do you have a business with a sustainability theme or ethos?  Bring your business cards and brochures — there will be a table to display your information!

If you have questions or need additional information, call 917-288-3936 or email smartgrowth@renewlv.org

 

 

Reason #10 to have a ball at the Sustain-A-Ball: FRESH, LOCAL FOOD

 

Why should you join us at the Sustain-a-Ball on June 17?

Reason # 10:  FRESH, LOCAL, FOOD:

Farmland and the fresh food it produces are vital to your health and the Lehigh Valley’s future

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  • As of 2013, according to Assessment report, LV Food Economy:  the biggest challenge to our local food economy is the loss of farmland

 

  • As of 2013, we could only feed 24% of the people in the Lehigh Valley, or 150,000 with our remaining farmland…..  Allentown, alone, has a population of 160,000

 

  • Much of our food comes from CA.  With their alternating droughts and flooding, we need to take steps to increase our own food security by sourcing more of our food close to home.

 

  • Locally grown produce is fresher, tastes better and has more nutritional value than food shipped from a distance.    

 

If you, like us, can’t imagine our region with farmland and the sweet corn, tomatoes and peaches it produces, join us! 

 RenewLV’s 

Sustain-a-Ball

Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

 

This event will be a celebration of Lehigh Valley initiatives to protect and preserve the region’s farmland and promote the local food economy.

 

We have an exciting, magical night planned for you that will include some certainly delightful and possibly profound surprises with performances by an internationally renowned Lakota hoop dancer!

 

This evening of fun, food, music and friendship is being held to benefit RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Campaign

 

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and the RenewLV board of directors.  See old friends and make new ones. Connect with people who care about farmland preservation, food sustainability and the environment.  Celebrate our farmland preservation heroes and initiatives that have helped protect and preserve the region’s farmland and promote the local food economy.  Some of our region’s Farmland Preservation Heroes will be honored.

 

The evening’s locally sourced menu will feature seasonal delights and Fegley’s own brew.   A silent auction will offer locally made jewelry, art, bird boxes, yoga lessons, baskets of gardening items and more.

 

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

 

Buy your ticket ($50 each) today at http://tinyurl.com//sustainaball to reserve your spot.

 

All funds will go to RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Program.

 

If you have a business or organization that would like to sponsor the Sustain-a-Ball, let us know as soon as possible.  Additionally, you can promote your organization or business through a basket or item for the silent auction.  Let us know.  Do you have a business with a sustainability theme or ethos?  Bring your business cards and brochures — there will be a table to display your information!

If you have questions or need additional information, call 917-288-3936 or email smartgrowth@renewlv.org

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Sign up now for free beer, food and business coaching advice for food and beverage entrepreneurs Monday, 5/8

 

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Join us Monday Night at the Allentown Brew Works for Free Beer, Free Food and Free Business Advice

Samuel Adams Hosting Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Event to Help Food & Beverage Small Business Owners in the Lehigh Valley

WHAT: Samuel Adams, in partnership with RenewLV, is bringing its popular Small Business Speed Coaching event to the Allentown Brew Works on May 8th.  If you are a food and beverage entrepreneur, farmer with value added products, craft brewer or person with a dream of starting a food-based business, you are invited!

Designed to provide expert, personalized business advice, the event is part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, and craft brewing.

During the dynamic Speed Coaching event, food and beverage business owners – including craft brewers – will be counseled by a variety of business experts to generate new ideas and strategies that will help their businesses grow and succeed. Each entrepreneur can participate in up to six 20-minute personalized, high-impact coaching sessions with small business specialists as well as experts from Sam Adams.

And, we have some regional rock stars lined up as business coaches!  Here are just a few:

  • Attorney, Buddy Lesavoy, managing partner of Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC, Attorneys at Law, experienced in family business, start-ups, business succession planning and real estate matters
  • Mark Aurand, attorney with Davison & McCarthy, PC regularly handles general business matters such as leases, financing, commercial contracts and operating agreements
  • Peter Dent President of CDG Environmental, has served as CEO coach and has experience in launching new products and firms
  • Tim Herrlinger, Director of Community and Economic Development at Northampton County,
  • Michael Drabenstott, President of Drabenstott Communications Group a marketing and PR consultancy focusing on closely held businesses.  He has counceled businesses on everything from brand strategy, positioning and messaging to digital development, copy writing and public relations.
  • Jo-Ann Pendleton, principal with The Designers Eye Creative Group, a firm specializing in sustainable interior design will advise businesses on merchandising and decor — how to make their spaces inviting to customers without breaking the bank
  • Anthony Durante, Program Manager with the Allentown Economic Development Corporation manages all aspects of AEDC’s business incubation program at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center
  • Sheila Youst specializes in accounting for small businesses
  • Chris Cocca will be available to advise on food trucks and social media

And these are just a few of the coaches coming from the Lehigh Valley…

Sam Adams will also have rock stars in sales and distribution and packaging.  No small business subject is off-limits. The goal is to help passionate entrepreneurs get real-world, practical advice and become more profitable.

Attendees can expect a fun evening of learning, networking and comradery, and will also receive a copy of Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two by Samuel Adams brewer and founder, Jim Koch.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017

6:30 – 9 PM ET

WHERE: Allentown Brew Works

812 W. Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA 18101

This program has coached or mentored over 6,000 small businesses through events like Speed Coaching.

Speed coaching in Lehigh Valley is a free event and open to all entrepreneurs in food, beverage and craft brewing. Businesses interested in attending can find out more information and register at:  https://tinyurl.com/mbveh2u

We hope to see you there, but space is limited so reserve your spot here today.

This event is free with light fare and beverages to be served. Must be 21 and over to attend!

For more information about the Brewing the American Dream program, please visit the website.

Do you like to have a good time? Come have a ball at the Sustain-a-Ball

 

Reserve Your Spot at RenewLV’s 2017 Sustain-a-Ball on June 17, 2017.  Get your tuxedo or overalls out (dress will be Formal or Farmall!) for a good time with friends, food and music.  Mark Saturday, June 17th on your calendar.  We are going to have a blast!  Please join us!  Tickets are $50 each and benefit RenewLV’s farmland preservation campaign. Sign up today at:  http://tinyurl.com/sustainaball

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Do you own a food, beverage or craft brewing business (or do you have a friend who does?)

 

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Are you or your friend looking for some expert coaching and advice to make the business a just little more profitable?  RenewLV has advocated for growing the local food economy as a way to preserve farmland while contributing to the vitalities of the cities and boroughs in our region.

Now, we are pleased to announce an exciting (and free) program to support the businesses that create our local food and beverage economy…

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are excited to bring a free Speed Coaching event to the Lehigh Valley on May 5th to the Allentown Brew Works.
The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00 pm. During the reception you will have the opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that meet the most urgent needs of your your business.

Topics to be discussed will include:

Marketing and E-Commerce
Packaging
Sales and Distribution
Business Financing
Legal Advice for Your Business

…and more!

Reserve your spot here.

At 6:15PM we will give brief welcome remarks, and after that you will have the chance to meet for multiple 20 minute sessions with Samuel Adams employees and local business experts to receive personalized coaching and network with other small business owners. Make sure to bring your questions and anything you want feedback on, such as packaging, materials, and ideas. Please note that the sessions are at first come, first serve basis.

This event is free with light fare and beverages to be served. Must be 21 and over to attend!

For more information about the Brewing the American Dream program, please  visit the website.

 

Do you have 10 seconds to see why it’s important to keep the Lehigh Valley green?

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day and a good day to wear green.

  

But what about the Lehigh Valley?  Are we losing the green of the region forever?

 

Today is Friday and that means today is also Farmland Preservation Friday.

 

We see the green of the Lehigh Valley disappearing fast — every day we drive by what used to be familiar fields, now developed with warehouses.   

 

Do you have 10 seconds?  We have something REALLY  interesting to show you.

 

Through the magic of technology, please take ten seconds to witness the satellite view of the development of Routes 100 and 78 from 1992 to present.

(A big thank you to our campaign coordinator, Justin Burker for creating this impressive photo cascade.)

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Click on the photo, above, or this link:  http://arcg.is/2nwuESG

We look at these Google images and are shocked by the time lapse.  These images illustrate the urgency of farmland preservation and the importance of mitigating sprawl.

We need more than the “Luck of the Irish” to keep the Lehigh Valley green.  We need to work together.  Today.

In order to ensure a legacy of “farmland forever,” we need:

  • at least nine more years of fully funded county farmland preservation easement programs

  • local municipalities with farmland to pony up some local matching dollars

  • our representatives in Harrisburg to realize that farmland preservation is important to our region and continue funding it at the state level

  • local and county funds to be pooled together and leveraged with state dollars for maximum impact

  • your help to create a culture of appreciating our farms and our farmers that includes spending your consumer dollars at farmers markets (another form of green!)

 

At RenewLV we know that farmland preservation easements, while critical, are not the entire answer.  We recommend a multi-pronged approach to reaching the regional goals of preserving 25% of the land in Lehigh and Northampton Counties for agriculture.  In our Farmland Preservation Toolbox, we outline fifteen different strategies.   Let’s work together at every level of government for an “all of the above approach.”

If you have invested the 10 seconds in watching the photo cascade, if it upsets you to see how fast the farmland in our region has disappeared, we ask you to invest more.  Please invest your time and resources to join with us for our continued campaign for farmland preservation in Lehigh and Northampton Counties this year.  Contact your local, county and state elected officials and tell them you want to keep the Lehigh Valley green.

And please make a generous donation to the RenewLV Farmland Preservation Campaign.

With farmland, when it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

 

This St. Patrick’s Day, keep the Lehigh Valley green!  

 

Click here to donate online to RenewLV or send a check made payable to “RenewLV” to 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem PA  18015.

Renew Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization committed to promoting smart growth and smart governance in order to revitalize our core communities, preserve open space, and establish an economically and environmentally sustainable foundation for our region’s future growth.  

 

End the Cycle. Tell PennDOT you Want to Cycle.

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“What is “Smart Transportation?”   It’s planning for various ways of getting from one place to another (walking, biking, transit, cars, light rail and passenger rail.)  If you want to learn more about smart growth and smart transportation Click here.

 
Here is your chance to help shape the Lehigh Valley’s transportation system into a “Smart Transportation System” and to tell PennDOT about transportation issues that are important to you!

PennDOT has opened a survey that includes interesting opportunities to adjust DOT’s budget and gives you the ability to highlight on a map the specific transportation issues that concern you.

Do you want to increase transportation choice to reduce traffic on Route 22?  Do you support more planning for walking/biking and transit options to mitigate climate change?  In either case, you will want to take this survey.

This is important.

PennDOT will use the collected data from the survey to help develop their Twelve Year Transportation Program. Think of those issues where improvements and a smarter transportation network would make our area better and safer. Then let PennDOT know!

The survey is fun and will take about 15 minutes to take.  Check it out at http://survey.talkpatransportation.com/#/Survey

Also join the State Transportation Commission (STC) and PennDOT on March 21, 2017 to share your transportation priorities and concerns. Tune in to hear PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards discuss highlights from the 2017 Transportation Performance Report, and have your questions answered. Register here.

 

Time is Running Out for Farmland in the Lehigh Valley

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If you look at the Lehigh Valley from Google Earth, you see that time is running out for farmland in the Lehigh Valley.

You see the fields where you played in as a child being developed. You see the patchwork quilt of farmland you drove by just a couple of years ago now covered with warehouses. You sit in truck traffic breathing the fumes of the trucks that bear down on you on all sides. You feel sick to your stomach. Your heart sinks.

Today, you are at the intersection of Routes 100 and 78. Ground zero for warehouses and truck traffic.  Where will it be like this in 5 years?  10 years? 20 years?

At RenewLV we hold the radical position that enough is enough. We see this photo above and see: Life and Death…for the quality of life we’ve held dear in the Lehigh Valley.

RenewLV openly advocates for farmland preservation in the Lehigh Valley. We openly advocate that Lehigh and Northampton Counties and all municipalities in the region make a serious, focused and impactful effort to meet the goal in the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan to preserve 25% of land of Northampton and Lehigh Counties for agriculture. If not now, when?

We say: NOW.

Last year with your help, RenewLV had a strong start in organizing a farmland preservation campaign that resulted in restoring funding to both county easement programs. Thank you to Lehigh and Northampton Counties for hearing us and restoring a total of $2.5 million!

The work does not stop there. We have only just begun.

If we are to save farmland in this region and be as food self-sufficient as we can, we need to keep the drum beat going, and we will need your help to do it.
We must act now. Farmland is a precious and finite resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. We have ten years to meet the 25% goal or live with the changed landscape of the Lehigh Valley forever. Forever is a long time.

We know that government, the private sector and engaged citizenry working together can craft practical solutions to our tough regional challenges.

OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS we need to pull together. We can do this!

What specifically can you do today?

1. Make some noise with your county and local elected officials. Write to them and make sure that every single time you see them, you say:

“Save It – Don’t Pave It.”
“Fund Farmland Preservation.”
“Make Farmland Preservation a priority in the Lehigh Valley.”

2. Educate yourself. Agriculture is an economic driver. Farms and food-based businesses ARE businesses. Smart Growth IS economic development. Got a few minutes and want the disturbing and hopeful statistics? Here’s a video that summarizes the issue with all of the details from last year’s Save It Don’t Pave It event:

3. Come out of the shadows about your support of Farmland Preservation. If you’re not shy, we’ll live stream a video of you saying “Save It – Don’t Pave It,” “Fund Farmland Preservation” or “Make Farmland Preservation a Priority in the Lehigh Valley” to use on social media.
4. Open up your wallet. We know that you support us, but we need you to SUPPORT us. We need your help to keep our Farmland Preservation campaign strong. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Campaign by May 1st and we need your help.

Please donate today to our Farmland Preservation campaign by making a generous contribution.

Act now. For every donation over $100 made this week, we will say thank you by delivering a bouquet of forsythia. We want to say thank you. When we stop by, maybe you’ll let us live stream that video of you saying, “Save It – Don’t Pave It.”

RenewLV is the only organization advocating for farmland preservation. The future will only be bright if we make it bright, if we take action today and work together for the outcomes we want.

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If Lehigh Valley farmland is precious to you, we need your help for RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Campaign. Please join with us to mobilize support for farmland preservation this year by making a donation to RenewLV. The need has never been more urgent than now.

2/6 was the first day to pick up petitions to run for public office in PA…

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Have you ever considered running for public office?  If you been appointed to a board or commission, chaired a committee for a community organization, helped to organize an event — or just care about your community, you may be a good candidate for your local municipal council.

February the 6th marked the kick off of the campaign season.  May mark the next big adventure of your life.

Are you passionate about Farmland Preservation or Smart Growth? Would you like to see vibrant, walkable commercial districts in your community?  Are you a supporter of bicycle infrastructure?  Passenger rail?
Did you know that for many local government races, you only need to get ten signatures on your petition in order to be on the ballot for the spring primary?  They do need to be signatures of people in your party from your municipality, and it’s a good idea to get 50% more. The modest number is hard to believe, but true.  The numbers of signatures you need depends on whether you live in a borough, township or city, but the threshold is relatively easy to meet.

RenewLV has long encouraged civic engagement.  By serving in local politics you will be engaging at a deeper level with your community…and that’s where real change is possible.   At RenewLV we have held numerous public engagement events on topics related to smart growth.  Perhaps you’ve come to one.  The more informed you are about local issues, the better prepared you are to run for your local municipal council.

If you already have been serving on your local municipal council and you are an advocate for farmland preservation or Smart Growth,* now would be a good time to consider running for your county council /commission.  With the rapid loss of farmland in our region, it has never been more important than now to have farmland preservation advocates as Lehigh County commissioners and on Northampton County Council.

Where do you go to pick up a petition?

Northampton County:  670 Wolf Ave, Easton, PA, 18042 Questions?  Call: 610 829 6260

Lehigh County:  17 South 7 Street, Allentown, PA Questions?  Call: 610 782 3194

Dates:

Pick up petitions:  Date Feb. 6th

Start circulating petitions: Feb. 14th

Submission deadline: March 7th

Number of Signatures:

Northampton County

Township: 10

Borough: 10

Cities Bethlehem: 100

Easton: 10 or 100*

Others: 10

*Please contact Northampton County Feb. 6th for clarification

Northampton County Council: 250

Lehigh County

Townships 10

Boroughs 10

Cities 100

District Commissioners 100*

*There are no longer “at large” seats commissioners, all seats are for one of the five districts

The Lehigh County League of Women Voters has information on their website at: http://www.lwvlv.org

Penn State Cooperative Extension Office will be holding a workshop on February 9th for people interested in running for public office.

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We are a non-profit and cannot endorse specific candidates.

*What is Smart Growth?

Smart Growth is a way to build cities, towns and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. (Smart Growth America)

Smart Growth is planned economic community development that attempts to curb urban sprawl and worsening environmental conditions.

Smart Growth is an urban planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl. (Wikipedia)

Smart Growth advocates for mixed-use development with a range of housing choices and neighborhood schools. (Wikipedia)

Renew Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization committed to promoting smart growth and smart governance in order to revitalize our core communities, preserve open space, and establish an economically and environmentally sustainable foundation for our region’s future growth.

Click here to donate to RenewLV

Fired Up? Consider throwing your hat into the ring…

Fired up?  Consider throwing your hat into the ring…

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Do you care about how taxpayer tax dollars are being spent?  Do you want to be a voice for citizens in your community?  Holding public office is a way to make things happen in your community, bringing your voice to your vision and ensuring accountability.

Have you ever considered running for public office?  If you been appointed to a board or commission, chaired a committee for a community organization, helped to organize an event — or just care about your community, you may be a good candidate for your local municipal council.

February the 6th marks the kick off of the campaign season when petitions may be picked up  — that could be the beginning of the next big adventure of your life.

Are you passionate about Farmland Preservation or Smart Growth? Would you like to see vibrant, walkable commercial districts in your community?  Are you a supporter of bicycle infrastructure?  Passenger rail?  We encourage you to consider throwing your hat into the ring.

Did you know that for many local government races, you only need to get ten signatures on your petition in order to be on the ballot for the spring primary?  They do need to be signatures of people in your party from your municipality.  The modest number is hard to believe, but true.  The numbers of signatures you need depends on where you live, but the threshold is relatively easy to meet.

RenewLV has long encouraged civic engagement.  By serving in local politics you will be engaging at a deeper level with your community…and that’s where real change is possible.   At RenewLV we encourage citizen engagment and for you to consider running for your local municipal council.

If you already have been serving on your local municipal council and you are an advocate for farmland preservation or Smart Growth,* now would be a good time to consider running for your county council /commission.  With the rapid loss of farmland in our region, it has never been more important than now to have farmland preservation advocates as Lehigh County commissioners and on Northampton County Council.

The primary will approach quickly.  February 6th is day you can first pick up a petition. 

Where do you go?

Northampton County:  670 Wolf Ave, Easton, PA, 18042 Questions?  Call: 610 829 6260

Lehigh County:  17 South 7 Street, Allentown, PA Questions?  Call: 610 782 3194

Dates:

     Pick up petitions:  Date Feb. 6th

Start circulating petitions: Feb. 14th

Submission deadline: March 7th

Number of Signatures:

Northampton County

Township: 10

Borough: 10

Bethlehem: 100

Easton: 10 or 100*

Others: 10

*Please contact Northampton County Feb. 6th for clarification

Northampton County Council: 250

Lehigh County

Townships: 10

Boroughs: 10

Cities: 100

District Commissioners 100*

*There are no “at large” seats in this Lehigh County commissioners’ race.  All seats are for one of the five districts

Penn State Extension is offering a workshop on running for local office on Tuesday, February 7th.

RenewLV is a non-profit and cannot endorse specific candidates.

*What is Smart Growth?

Smart Growth is a way to build cities, towns and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. (Smart Growth America)

Smart Growth is planned economic community development that attempts to curb urban sprawl and worsening environmental conditions.

Smart Growth is an urban planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl. (Wikipedia)

Smart Growth advocates for mixed-use development with a range of housing choices and neighborhood schools. (Wikipedia)

Correction:  the Lehigh County League of Women Voters reminds us:  “there ARE at-large commissioners in Lehigh County, but none are up for reelection this year. Check League of Women Voters of the Lehigh Valley Home Page for information on what positions are open this year (in Lehigh County only). Also, when collecting a certain number of signatures in order to be a candidate, people need at least fifty percent more, or even better twice as many. Signatures are frequently contested by opponents.”

Renew Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization committed to promoting smart growth and smart governance in order to revitalize our core communities, preserve open space, and establish an economically and environmentally sustainable foundation for our region’s future growth. 

Click here to donate to RenewLV