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

Mulligan Moments of 2016 – Public Activism Edition

Thanks, Lou Cinquino, for giving attention to a worthwhile redevelopment project in the Lehigh Valley. We hope to have “Mulligan Moments” breaking out all over the region, but kudos to Catasauqua for being first!

Taking Mulligans

Sometime a mulligan is more than just a mulligan.  It’s a way forward that breaks abruptly with the past and establishes a whole new perspective on the world.  Here are two Mulligan Moments that may be harbingers of new understanding and appreciation of what’s best about our great nation and the towns that we live in.

The most startling and emotional moment came at the contentious location of Standing Rock, when a gathering of veterans offered a very public apology for transgressions of the United States government, military, and citizens upon the native peoples of the land of North America.  Seeking forgiveness is a humbling step.  And accepting forgiveness is a tremendous gift to all parties involved.  May this moment be the mulligan that heals and protects  and brings peace and justice to our nation and our Native American family.

A dear friend and inspiration of mine, Joyce Marin…

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Come to the Summit for Smart Growth on Friday: Reason #3 Dynamic Speakers (Alan Jennings/Ben Price)

Everybody needs to get stirred up a little sometimes.  

Sign up now for the RenewLV Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities THIS Friday, December 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown:

 Reason #3, today is Dynamic Speakers and Panels.

“Dynamic?”  Perhaps the more appropriate word would be “Revolutionary.”

The two revolutionary key note speakers are:  Alan Jennings and Ben Price.

1) Alan Jennings, Executive Director of CACLV, speaking about a topic he has taught for six years at Lehigh University, “Doing Well by Doing Good.” 

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Alan Jennings of CACLV to speak at Summit for Smart Growth at 9:30 a.m.

 

Alan Jennings, who thinks that he may “well be the most hated person in the Lehigh Valley,” is certainly one of “movers and shakers” of the region (in our opinion.) 

This man has challenged, threatened and beaten up powerful people and institutions over the last 36 years to get them to do better by their neighbors. 

Alan, known in the Lehigh Valley for having dedicated his life to ending poverty throughout his career at CACLV, jokes that he has sometimes been described as an “evil false prophet” and “a poverty pimp.” He warns us that “if we want a government that doesn’t want to govern, we better figure out how to get along.”  The radical message of this life-long radical may surprise many with opinions that are often inconsistent with how he is characterized.  He will be presenting a seemingly right-leaning message on socially responsible business creation that you will not want to miss.

Alan says, “The best social program is the creation of a profitable business.”  

Driven by his professional passion to make a difference, Alan will challenge us on:  “how we, through our actions, can avoid the need for government intervention.”  

Come hear Alan’s take on “Social Entrepreneurship,” a topic today that is hotter than a pistol. Alan’s message is sure to motivate us to do better.

After his presentation, Alan will be followed by a panel discussion to explore the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) and B-Corporations (Benefit-Corporations) — the latest business structure idea in socially responsible businesses.  We will also hear examples of two businesses where entrepreneurs are working to make a difference, one through working to build employee wealth while creating employee housing to make it easy for his staff to walk to work.  The other will compare traditional economic development strategies to another approach that involves the preservation of historic food, farmland and “local food ways.”    We will  explore, “What’s on our table? both literally and metaphorically.

Panelists for Panel 1 will include:  

  • Jamie Gauthier, Executive Director of Sustainable Business Network, “The Good Economy”
  • Jack Logan, Director of SolarStates, a certified B Corporation focused on the Triple Bottom Line
  • Trey Bianco, Co-owner and President of Smooth On, a business located in Lower Macungie Township with a   unique perspective of influencing change through creating employee wealth
  • Chris Kauzmann, The Young Entrepreneur in Residence and Innovations Programs Manager, with the Baker Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lehigh University 
  • Todd Auman, entrepreneur and former professional economic developer, co-owner of Dundore & Heister an organic, grass-fed butcher at the Easton Public Market

At 11 a.m., we’ll hear from Vince Smith, the President of Catasauqua’s Borough Council and his team.  He’ll be showing us Catasauqua’s new mixed use, walkable, bike-able community, the Iron Works.  Then, we’ll break for lunch.

benpriceKey note speaker, Ben Price of CELDF will speak in the afternoon

2) Ben Price, the National Organizing Director of CELDF (the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund,) will speak in the afternoon about local community self-determination and “Making Sustainability Legal.”  

Besides having assisted over 300 local municipalities in writing ordinances for local community self-determination, CELDF is known for their instrumental work in helping to write the Ecuadorian Constitution, the first constitution to give legal rights to nature.  

Ben states, “If democracy doesn’t exist at the local municipal level in protecting its citizens, it doesn’t exist at all.”  

Ben will be followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Michael Drabenstott, one of RenewLV’s Board of Directors that will challenge Ben’s ideas. Panelists of Panel 2 will include: 

  • Robert Freeman, PA State Representative and RenewLV Board Member
  • Jim Preston, Attorney, Broughal & DeVito (knowledge re: municipal planning             
  • Donna Wright – Supervisor, Lower Milford Township and Commissioner, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission where she chairs the Comprehensive Plan Committee, and Municipal Coordinator at Lehigh County Farmland Preservation Office
  • Sunny Ghai   – Concerned Citizen and Chairperson/Facilitator of the Good Neighbor Coalition, member of the Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission

 Join us and community leaders on Friday for thought-provoking speakers, dynamic panels, and break out sessions that will connect you to people who can help you make your ideas a reality.

The Summit, Friday (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m.) costs only $70 for a full-day conference with inspiring and informative programming, collaborative networking opportunities (and two great meals.)  Click here for all of the program details.

Seating is limited, so sign up now by sending an email, calling our offices at 484-893-1060 or online at:

http://tinyurl.com/jfe9pm3

 

 

Reason #4 to attend Summit for Smart Growth: Making Connections

Everybody needs friends.

There are lots of great reasons to attend the Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities THIS Friday, December 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown. We’ve assembled six:
Reason #6: Fresh ideas: Social Entrepreneurship & Making Sustainability Legal
Reason #5: RenewLV’s New Urbanist Project of 2016: Catasauqua’s Iron Works (you are going to LOVE this project!)
Today, Reason #4 is…Make connections with like-minded people

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You know Smart Growth is being done effectively in places like Seaside Village, FL or New York City or other parts of the Lehigh Valley like Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton.
You see the pictures. You visit. But you want to know how to make it happen in your own town, on your own block.
You need a little more inspiration and a few more connections with folks who believe in your vision, people who can help you with practical solutions as you move from ideas to actions.
At the Summit for Smart Growth, you will make connections with like-minded people from all backgrounds.
We attract folks from the business community, education, the arts, non-profits and all levels of government. You’ll see old friends and make new ones as we work together to create vibrant, healthy urban communities and mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods adjacent to protected farms, trails and open space. You’ll find people who want to preserve more farmland and people who won’t give up the dream of restoring passenger rail to the Lehigh Valley.
Part of the magic of the Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities is the way we hold a conversation when we gather together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Gregory Edwards asked, “Who is at the table when decisions are made?”on the panel discussion at the 2015 Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities

We have our smart growth ideals — and while we know that high ideals are not always realized quickly, we don’t give up — and we never vilify anyone along the way. We hold up our ideals as we respect competing positions and the complexities involved in collaborating in order to make sustainable communities happen.
So, join us on Friday for dynamic panels, thought-provoking speakers and break out sessions. The breakout sessions are where you will roll up your sleeves, make connections and really make things happen. It’s in the breakout sessions where our successful farmland preservation campaign was born only two years ago at the 2014 Summit — and as a result, farmland preservation funding in Lehigh County will be restored to $2 million per year over the next three years starting in 2017!
Come to the Summit on Friday (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m.) The cost is only $70 for a full-day conference with inspiring and informative programming, collaborative networking opportunities (and two great meals.) Curious about the program and who the panelists and speakers are? Click here for the program details.

We hope to see you on Friday, December 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown.
Seating is limited, so sign up now by sending us an email at smartgrowth@renewlv.org, calling our offices at 484-893-1060 or online at:

http://tinyurl.com/jfe9pm3

Reason # 5 to attend the Summit for Smart Growth: Catasauqua’s Iron Works

Everybody loves a comeback story.

There are lots of great reasons to attend the Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities Friday, December 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown. I’ve assembled six to share with you over the next few days.

#5 is…See RenewLV’s New Urbanist Project of 2016: Catasauqua’s Iron Works
Last year Andy Twiggar of The Waterfront took our attendees on a “magic carpet ride” of the drone video plan for that 100 acre development on Allentown’s Lehigh River. It was an amazing moment to see what is happening there after many years of effort.
Now, on Friday, we’ll see the plans for the next most exciting New Urbanist development we know of in the Lehigh Valley: Catasauqua’s Iron Works. Here is what it looks like today…

 

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Who are the hardworking people who have made a new, walkable, bikeable, mixed use future for this neighborhood possible? Every ambitious project of this nature has a whole team that makes it happen. Catasauqua’s professional team included Thomas Committa Associates and Spillman Farmer Architects.

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But, two of the local elected leaders who are driving the project forward are: Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman Christine Weaver and Council President, Vince Smith, pictured here.

Come to the Summit and hear Vince tell us the story of this project.  He’ll introduce us to his team and show us drone footage of both the detail of this project and the future vision for this project. If you have questions, you can ask them later in the program during the break out session.  Real estate developers and professionals will want to know that this project will be going out to bid in early 2017.
By coming to the Summit for Smart Growth on Friday, you’ll have first dibs to sign up for a bus tour RenewLV planning for early 2017 of both Catasauqua’s Iron Works and Allentown’s Waterfront. That’s when we’ll tour the sites and learn first hand from the local leaders and professionals what they did and how you can make projects like this happen in your municipality.
For only $70 you get a full-day conference with inspiring and informative programming, collaborative networking opportunities (and two great meals.) Curious about who the panelists and speakers are?  Go to Renewlv.org for the program details.

So sign up now and mark your calendars for Friday, December 9th — we’ll plan to see you at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown at the Summit.
Seating is limited, so sign up now by sending an email to smartgrowth@renewlv.org, calling our offices at 484-893-1060 or online at:

http://tinyurl.com/jfe9pm3

P.S. Hey smart growth supporters…if you want to support Vince Smith and Chris Weaver in their efforts to convert their one-way main street into a two-way street for the increase in pedestrian safety, improved property values and downtown vitality, go to the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at 118 Bridge Street, Catasauqua, PA  18032!