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)