Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Daily Briefing, 7/18/2009

Good morning everyone - here is today's Daily Briefing.

School districts are in the news today. First, in Bethlehem, in the face of a standing-room only crowd, the school district cut $2.8 million and 45 positions. The board cited the lack of a state budget as the rationale for the cuts. Meanwhile, in the Saucon Valley School District, the head of the teachers union wants an opportunity to explain to community leaders why her union voted down the latest offer from the school board. In business news, if a survey taken by The Chamber is any indication, things are starting to look up. Valley businesses are reducing layoffs and starting to hire according to a Chamber survey. Many businesses also believe that the recession is over. And speaking of money, good news for the West Ward in Easton, as CACLV and Lafayette College have announced the receipt of a $1 million grant to green houses in the area.

In state-wide news, Governor Rendell held a news conference with child care employees from around the state, noting that the lack of a budget is making dramatic cuts into these vital services.

In national news, CNN has released a list of the 100 fastest growing companies in 2009. Toping the list was Research In Motion, makers of the Blackberry. The Chamber is proud to have helped them along quite a bit in that effort!

Business Matters aired yesterday - the topic was an optional 1% sales tax increase. The show will be available online later today and you can check out the Business Matters blog for more information.

We have one Chamber event today: a Dale Carnegie seminar on managing sales performance and holding your people accountable.

And that's it! Have a great day and we'll catch you later.

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