Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Daily Briefing, 11/17/2009

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

President Obama is set to start a national listening tour in Allentown - he will be in the city on December 4.  The details of the trip have yet to be announced.  In Northampton County, County Council is debating ways to reduce County Executive Stoffa's proposed one mill tax increase.  Possible solutions discussed included selling of county parks and Gracedale, the County Nursing Home.  A report by the Morning Call showed that casino lobbyists spent significant amounts of money in an effort to legalize table games, with the Sands Bethlehem spending $307,000 in their lobbying efforts.  A new ranking of best value colleges added Muhlenberg, Lehigh and Lafayette, with all three school's making the cut for Kiplinger's list of best valued private schools.  Meanwhile, WFMZ runs a story on how local agencies are still feeling the results of state funding cuts.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a one-on-one interview with former New Jersey Governor and Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman.  The show will be available online at the Business Matters website later today, and you can also get more information on the show at the Business Matters blog.

Today is a busy day for the Chamber, with four events taking place:  a Women's Business Council lunch program on the importance of social networking, a Dale Carnegie training on "Closing the Sale," a LeBEAM Mixer and a Phillipsburg-Easton mixer and competition at Infini-Tee.

That's all for now!  Have a great day and we'll see you later.

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