Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Daily Briefing, 9/23/2009

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

The Morning Call runs a story on arts groups and their concerns over the proposed sales tax expansion to tickets. According to the article, affected groups are mobilizing against the tax, although the specifics remain unknown. At the Sands Bethlehem, revenue dropped last week, although officials are excited about the possibility to table games as a way of expanding business and creating jobs. There was also good news for Lehigh Valley International Airport, as traffic increased by 5.6%, the second straight month of traffic improvements.

In state-wide news, former Congressman and former Senate candidate Joe Hoeffel, currently a Montgomery County Commissioner, announced yesterday that he is running for Governor. The announcement came over Facebook.

And, complain though we may about traffic in the Lehigh Valley, we don't have the worst commute in America, although that distinction goes to a town nearby: East Stroudsburg, PA, with a 40.6 minute average commute. Locals chalk up the long time to trips to New York and New Jersey.

Today is a busy day at the Chamber, as we have four events: a Business Spotlight event by the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Lunch series meeting, a LeBEAM Murder Mystery dinner (trust me, this one is a blast) and and a Social Networking Seminar by the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

That's it for now! Have a great day.

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