Monthly Archives: December 2016

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACrowd at the Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities 2015

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!