So, unless you don't live in the Lehigh Valley or have been living under a rock for the past week, you know that President Obama was in the Valley on Friday. As a result, we saw quite a bit of media coverage in the area, and The Chamber was fortunate enough to have its voice heard in a variety of stories on the President's visit. Here are some of the examples:
TONY IANNELLI: I do believe the private sector will specifically be the driver of the new economy and we need to set a stage that will allow then to be profitable.
>> TONY IANNELLI: I do believe the private sector will specifically be the driver of the new economy and we need to set a stage that will allow then to be profitable.
>> REPORTER: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce President Tony Iannelli says the focus on infrastructure will also be a key part of a very complicated recovery process.
>> I think it's been ignored for a long time.
Morning Call: http://www.mcall.com/news/all-lyrics.7105988dec04,0,2413151.story
Hokey and trite as it sounds, the three cities and their suburbs put aside their parochial interests and combined efforts to diversify and revitalize the region. The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. is the only major development agency. The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is the only chamber group.
Morning Call: http://www.mcall.com/news/all-a1_5jobs.7105680dec04,0,2607348.story
Tony Iannelli, president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, said he was encouraged that the summit included panelists from the private sector, which he said will lead an economic recovery. Of the Chamber's 5,000 members, about 85 percent are small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Such small businesses are a primary focal point of the jobs summit. Local businesses won't be ready to boost employment until they see signs they are returning to profitability, Iannelli said. The current economic environment is one in which businesses survive by containing costs rather than expanding, he said. ''The stimulus was intended to spike the economy, but at this time the stimulus has not had an overwhelming impact on the Lehigh Valley economy,'' Iannelli said…