Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Daily Briefing, 8/25/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Senator Specter (D-PA) and the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood held a forum in the Allentown yesterday at America on Wheels, where the topic was transportation. The two men were joined by representatives of many groups, including Tony Iannelli, President of The Chamber. In Bethlehem, the Sands has expanded the area that you can smoke in the casino from 25 to 50%.

In national news, the popular "cash for clunkers" program ended last night, but the Morning Call notes that many dealers closed the program early due to paperwork fears and concerns that they would not be able to get paid.

In state-wide news, Montgomery County commissioner, former Congressman and Senatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel is thinking about running for Governor, according to his website.

In national news, President Obama will reappoint Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve today. The White House is also set to announce that the national debt projections has increased from $7 billion to $9 billion.

We have one Chamber event today: the monthly luncheon of the Women's Business Council.

Business Matters aired yesterday, with the topic being the revitalization of Allentown. The show will be available online later today, and you can get more information and join in the online debate at the Business Matters blog.

That's it for now! We'll have another entry later today. See you then.

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