Come to the Building One Pennsylvania event on June 28!

Join us on Monday, June 28, 2010, at Allentown Symphony Hall (23 North 6th St. in Allentown) for a film viewing and panel discussion on rebuilding our inner cities. The event will begin at 6:00PM and attendees will have the opportunity to view “New Metropolis,” an award-winning documentary by Andrea Torrice. Community leaders will participate on the panel immediately following the film, and will answer questions and discuss ways in which we can address problems facing our inner cities.

The event is organized by the City of Allentown. Other organizing partners include the Allentown School District, Good Schools PA, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and RenewLV. As a part of the Building One Pennsylvania initiative – the local component of Building One America – the event is intended to serve as an open forum for discussion and a catalyst for positive, productive action in our community. View the event flyer for additional information.

Panel participants include:

Panel will include:

  • Alan Jennings, CACLV
  • Charlie Luthar, Borough of Hellertown
  • Pastor Charles Olmeda, 3rd Day Worship Center, Allentown
  • Pastor Phil Davis, Shiloh Baptist Church, Easton

The session will be moderated by Deana Zosky, RenewLV’s Co-Chair, with concluding remarks by Mayor Pawlowski.

Building One America is a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of our inner cities and the devastating effects of sprawl and unsustainable development. For a better idea of what Building One America is all about, watch the video from the Building One America summit in Washington, D.C. in September of 2009. The keynote address was given by Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. In her address, she repeatedly stresses strong community leadership and coalition building as essential components in creating sustainable, livable communities.

Many of the principles employed by Building One America relate to those employed by ongoing smart growth and urban revitalization efforts throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The initiative is also well-aligned with the Brookings Institution’s 2003 report, Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania. That study highlighted the importance of new state-level and regional efforts to revitalize Pennsylvania’s older communities and called for targeted investments in economic development, infrastructure, and education.

The event will be a great chance to further the ongoing discourse around some of the challenges that face the Lehigh Valley.

For more information about the event, please call Mayor’s Assistant, Ismael Arcelay at 610-437-7743.

Posted on April 15, 2010, in Education, Events, Health, Housing, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Regions, Transportation, Urbanism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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