RenewLV Executive Director to Present at TEDxLehighRiver Event 9/18

RenewLV Executive Director to Present at Upcoming TEDx-LehighRiver Event


Sept. 8, 2015 – (Bethlehem,PA) Organizers at TEDx-LehighRiver recently announced that Joyce Marin, executive director of RenewLV – the region’s voice for smart growth and governmental cooperation – will be one of the six speakers for the Sept. 19th event at Miller Symphony Hall.

Marin’s talk Our Lives Depend On It will highlight the need for smart transportation or more robust “multi-modal” transportation planning in the Lehigh Valley. Marin’s passion stems from her professional experience in downtown revitalization and traditional neighborhoods gained from her education and service in government. Her academiccredentials include the Knight Fellowship in Community Building 2001, University of Miami School of Architecture, considered the center of New Urbanism. There, Marin toured many new urbanist traditional neighborhood developments and met the many of the leading thinkers and practitioners in smart growth today.

All presentations will follow a theme that revolves around a well-known George Bernard Shaw quote: “You see things and say, why? But I dream things that never were and say, why not?”

“I am honored and inspired by this opportunity,” said Marin. “Transportation planning is critical and touches our lives in so many ways. I’m dedicated to pedestrian safety and every aspect of multi-modal transportation fascinates me – walking, biking, transit and the potential for light rail and passenger rail in our region.”  Marin is also interested in how transportation systems interconnect in the region, creating a network of mobility and economic opportunity for communities.

TEDx programs are the localized version of TED Talks and are designed to help people and organizations spark conversation and connection within their community. The presentations are a combination of technology, entertainment and design and are limited to between three to 18 minutes.

Other speakers include:

Lauren Villaverde: an engineer and entrepreneur from Bethlehem. Villaverde is fusing her technical background with entrepreneurial studies to answer the nation’s call for more science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers.

George Hrab: an accomplished musician from Bethlehem and drummer for The Philadelphia Funk Authority. Hrab has traveled to four continents, promoting critical thinking, science and skepticism through story and song.

Liz Jordon: an Emmaus yoga instructor who owns Clear Path Wellness of the Lehigh Valley.

Michael Brolly: a Bethlehem wood-turning artist, teacher and environmentalist.

Katherine Moore: a Bethlehem professor at Moravian Academy who will talk about an experiential class concept.

To pick the speakers, it was “a rigorous process,” said TedXLehighRiver Organizer David Willard on the event’s website. “The committee for TEDxLehighRiver used social media to request applicants to speak. More than 40 people applied.”

The website goes on to report that Willard, who is retired after a 31-year career at Olympus Corp. of the Americas based in Center Valley, said the theme for this year’s event was chosen to promote creative ideas.

A six-person team for TEDxLehighRiver reviewed the applicants’ ideas, along with a two-minute audio segment from each.

The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th St., in Allentown. Tickets cost $40 (student price: $15) and are available online. For more information, visit

Tickets can be purchased at

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