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, calling our offices at 484-893-1060 or online at:

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