Sands Bethlehem Completes 10,000 Hygiene Kits for Clean the World

More than 200 volunteers joined in worldwide to support those in need for community preparedness

Bethlehem – September 29, 2018 – Through Las Vegas Sands’ efforts to take an active approach towards community preparedness, the fifth annual Las Vegas Sands global hygiene kit build in Bethlehem with partner Clean the World brought the community together to build hygiene kits to support populations in need.

More than 200 team members and volunteers came together at Sands Bethlehem on Saturday, September 29th to assemble 10,000 hygiene kits for Clean the World. The kits are filled with basic bathroom amenities including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion/bath gel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and an inspirational notecard. The hygiene kit’s soaps are collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including Sands properties around the world, and then recycled through Clean the World’s soap sanitation and processing equipment.

The hygiene kits will benefit over 20 agencies in the Lehigh Valley: New Bethany Ministries, the Allentown YWCA, St. Luke's University Health Network mobile van, Victory House, ProJeCt of Easton, Meals on Wheels and Second Harvest Food Bank. The global kit build events also provide financial support to Clean the World – for each kit assembled, Sands contributes $1 to the Clean the World Foundation to accelerate its mission in two critical areas, ongoing hygiene education and disaster response.

Through Sands Cares, the company’s global corporate giving and community engagement program, Sands is committed to making the communities where they operate a better place to live. Sands properties around the world take part in an annual hygiene kit build to serve the populations in need in their local communities. Clean the World has recycled over 605,000 pounds of untouched or gently used hygiene products from LVS properties into more than 2.6 million bars of soap from material that otherwise would have gone to landfill. LVS properties will have created a total of more than 600,000 hygiene kits since its partnership with Clean the World by the end of 2018.

State gives $1.5M to kick-start redevelopment of Iron Works in Catasauqua

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Source: Lehigh Valley Business

(Image courtesy of Catasauqua Borough website) Gov. Tom Wolf awarded a $1.5 million grant to aid in the redevelopment of the Iron Works site in Catasauqua. The funds bring the borough closer to creating a mixed-use project at the site, which would include retail, office and residential uses.

Catasauqua's long-awaited redevelopment of the Iron Works site moved a step closer to reality Monday with the announcement of a $1.5 million state grant awarded to the project.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement that the grant, supported through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, would turn the abandoned site into a new opportunity for attracting businesses and residents while boosting the local economy. The grant would fund improvements to the site, such as the demolition of old, obsolete industrial buildings and the installation of infrastructure, such as roads, street lighting and water, sewer, storm water, electric and gas systems.

The project began with the borough’s acquisition of the site in 2013. After building a new municipal complex on part of the site, the borough sent out a request for proposals to attract a developer for the remaining 10.6 acres so it can collaborate with the private sector.

Vince Smith, borough council president, said the borough has a letter of intent from Dunn Twiggar Co., a real estate firm in Hanover Township, Northampton County, and is negotiating an agreement of sale.

“They will buy the land and complete the improvements,” Smith said.

It was once the site of a former factory between the Pine Street Bridge and Willow Street and abuts the Lehigh Canal and the Delaware & Lehigh River Trail.

Overall, the grant funds would help move the project toward a start date, Smith said.

“We know that will help us complete the agreement of sale, which will get us closer to settlement,” he said. “This brings us one step closer to the development stage we’ve been working toward. I am looking at a sustainable project. I want something that’s going to help us bring in ratables.”

The project could include an open-air plaza, a mix of apartments and townhouses and about 32,000 square feet of retail and office space. The retail could include boutique shops and restaurants.

The borough also contracted with Taggart Associates, a Bethlehem consulting firm, to help find grants for the project.

“What we had applied for was infrastructure improvements that would be essential for laying the groundwork for the site,” said Chad Helmer, senior project manager with Taggart Associates. “It’s gotten pretty challenging to get funds of any type; it’s very challenging.”

Many other municipalities also seek grants, he added.

Helmer said the grant funding shows the merit of the project and its effect on the community, adding that the firm was appreciative of the state’s willingness to grant the award.

Green Knight Economic Development Corporation holds groundbreaking ceremony for the Green Knight Industrial Park

This morning, the Green Knight Economic Development Corporation (GKEDC) welcomed local, state, and federal government representatives, economic development partners, and Lehigh Valley area business leaders to the future site of the Green Knight Industrial Park for a ceremonial groundbreaking event. Located along Route 33 near the Route 512 interchange, the Green Knight Industrial Park will house a total of approximately 200,000 square feet of building space, with lots sized to meet the demand of small-to-mid sided manufacturers and industrial firms looking to locate or expand in the region. Upon full build out, the park is estimated to create approximately 280 jobs and generate approximately $300,000 annually in additional tax revenue for the community.

The event included remarks by GKEDC Chairman Carlton Snyder, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko, the offices of State Senator Mario Scavello and State Representative Marcia Hahn, and LVEDC Director of Redevelopment and External Affairs Andrew Kleiner. Funding for the project has come from the GKEDC, PA DCED’s Business in Our Sites and Monroe County Local Share Account programs, Northampton County’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP), and the USEPA’s Brownfield Program.

“We’ve been working toward this day for several years and we couldn’t be more excited to get construction underway” stated GKEDC Board Chairman Carlton Snyder. “A project like this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and we’ve been fortunate to have such a tremendous team of partners working with us to help bring this project to fruition.”

Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the new roadways and other public infrastructure that will service the industrial park. Construction of the infrastructure is scheduled to take place throughout the rest of 2018 and finish in the spring of 2019. Once the infrastructure has been installed, GKEDC will sell individual lots to developers and end users, who will construct the buildings and associated site work for their respective lots. The infrastructure work will be constructed by Muschlitz Excavating. Bohler Engineering provided engineering design services and Taggart Associates has provided project management services on behalf of the GKEDC.

The GKEDC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate community and economic development in the communities that make up the Pen Argyl School District in northern Northampton County, PA. The Green Knights use revenues from efficiently operating a methane-to-energy plant at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township, PA to support projects and initiatives that improve economic opportunities and the overall quality of life in their target area. For more information about the GKEDC, visit www.gkedc.org.

Lehigh Valley Hosts Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Conference

Source: Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

It’s no coincidence that the annual gathering of the state’s largest association of economic development professionals was held at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) chose the Lehigh Valley to host its 2017 Fall Conference, and organizers said they chose the Renaissance because it is a symbol of the incredible revitalization the city’s downtown has undergone in recent years.

PEDA is the statewide association of local, state, corporate, and non-profit economic development professionals. Its mission is to promote sound economic development policies, provide leading-edge economic development education, and nurture an effective statewide economic development network to foster the economic growth of the Commonwealth.

The 2017 PEDA Fall Conference, which ran from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, featured professionals representing economic and community development at the municipal, county, regional, and state levels, as well as developers, business incubator operators, project finance professionals, IDA directors, elected officials, and utilities executives...

Andrew Kleiner, LVEDC Director of Redevelopment and External Affairs, hosted a panel discussion about brownfields, with speakers including Troy Conrad, manager of the Pennsylvania DEP’s Land Recycling Program; Kerry Wrobel, President of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park; and Chad Helmer, Senior Project Manager of Taggart Associates.

Sands Bethlehem Pledges 10,000 Hygiene Kits to Clean the World

Source: Markets Insider / PR Newswire

This weekend, more than 200 volunteers gathered at Sands Bethlehem, a Bethlehem, Pa., casino and entertainment destination owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. to help assemble 10,000 hygiene kits for social enterprise Clean the World for the third year in a row. The kits, which are designed to address the significant global and domestic need for personal hygiene products to help people who lack access to basic amenities, will benefit 23 charitable organizations in the greater Lehigh Valley.  The volunteer event, which took place at the property, is one of a series of hygiene kit builds at LVS' properties in Macao, Singapore, Bethlehem and Las Vegas in 2017 as a part of Sands Bethlehem's global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. The program's goal is to support Clean the World's mission to promote good health and well-being around the globe through improved access to soap and hygiene education…total number of hygiene kits created by Sands Bethlehem for Clean the World to 45,000.  (more)

Catasauqua seeks proposals for developing, acquiring Iron Works site

Source: Lehigh Valley Business

By Brian Pedersen, August 28, 2017 at 11:42 AM
Catasauqua is seeking proposals from firms looking to buy and develop the Iron Works site. The project could include an open air plaza, residential units, apartments or townhouses and about 30,000 square feet of retail or commercial space. (Borough of Catasauqua website)
Catasauqua is seeking proposals from firms looking to buy and develop the Iron Works site. The project could include an open air plaza, residential units, apartments or townhouses and about 30,000 square feet of retail or commercial space. (Borough of Catasauqua website)
Catasauqua is inviting developers to submit proposals for development and acquisition of Iron Works, a long dormant 10.6-acre property in the borough. (more)

Wind Gap area group gets grant for industrial park, 280 jobs

Source: The Morning Call

The Green Knight Economic Development Corp. has been awarded a $1.57 million state grant to help finance a 55-acre industrial park that's expected to add about 280 jobs to the Wind Gap area.

The grant and a $2.36 million state loan will allow Green Knight to install roads and sewer lines, and make other improvements needed to develop the former tire dump along Route 33 in Plainfield Township, Wind Gap and Bushkill Township. (more)

The rise, fall and rebirth of Easton's silk mill (TIMELINE)

Source: LehighValleyLive.com

With infrastructure work complete, VM Development buys the mill and starts its $60 million portion of the $100 million project. Plans call for 149 apartments, warehouse space and 100,000-square feet of mixed-use commercial development. (more)

Taggart Associates announces partnership

Taggart Associates, a Bethlehem-based consulting firm specializing in urban planning and redevelopment, has announced that its partnership with a national leader in financing neighborhood revitalization has brought more than $3 million in loans to local organizations. (more)