Last night’s kick-off event for Envision Lehigh Valley, the three year grant-funded visioning project for the Lehigh Valley, was a great success! If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. If you weren’t able to join us, I’m sorry you missed a great conversation among neighbors discussing their views on the future of the Lehigh Valley. But don’t worry, there will be many more public meetings for you to attend and share your ideas.
Two sessions were held to accommodate attendees’ schedules– one at 4:00pm and another at 6:30pm with over 200 people total. The Lehigh Valley Tweet Up joined us for the 6:30pm session with lots of tweets, socializing, and networking!
The audience heard from Holly Edinger, Director of Sustainable Development at LVEDC, Pam Colton, Executive Director of Renew Lehigh Valley, and representatives from the regional HUD office, who granted this three year project to the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Consortium. Attendees heard the purpose and goals of Envision Lehigh Valley over the next three years. They then sorted themselves into five different groups based on interests to discuss five key areas of the project: Economic Development, Fresh Food Access, Housing Choices, Transportation Choices, and Energy Efficiency. Attendees discussed their opinions and perspectives on their topics, followed by a larger community discussion once the entire group came together at the close of the event. A short survey was also distributed.
If you were not able to join us last night, visit our website www.envisionlehighvalley.com to take the same short survey and to join our membership list. While you’re there, check out our next events coming up on July 24th and 25th! Stay up to date on the Envision Lehigh Valley project over the next three years. Let your voice be heard! Let’s determine the future of the region by choice, not by chance.