Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/20/2010

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

Over 100 Lehigh Valley companies have received no-fee Section 7a loans from the Small Business Administration.  The loans were funded from last year's stimulus act.  The study to investigate connecting New Jersey/New York rail to Pennsylvania was released yesterday; the results showed that the extension of the line would cost over $1 billion.  The line would carry an estimated 800 people a day by 2030.  Traffic alert: the Lehigh Street bridge that connects Whitehall and North Catasauqua is out after a traffic accident yesterday.  In Allentown, if you are caught using a hands-held cell phone while driving, police may now fine you.  The city had been handing out verbal warnings only.  Speaking of cell-phone bans, a Bethlehem ordinance introduced yesterday would also ban hand-held cell phone use while driving.  In Lower Macungie, Commissioners temporarily delayed a vote on a 700 acre quarry.  In Catasauqua, the Borough is considering purchasing a brownfield site for redevelopment purposes.

In national news, a Democratic proposal to reform Wall Street is heading to the Senate floor later this week, as Democrats look to pick up Republican votes.

We have one Chamber event today: a Dale Carnegie training class on how to resolve customer disputes and complaints.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a debate on who should pay for suburban police protection.  The show will be available online later today, and you can check out the Business Matters blog for more information.

That's it for now!  We'll be back later today - see you then!

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