Friday, July 16, 2010

Daily Briefing, 7/16/2010

Good morning everyone, and a happy Friday to you all!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In local news, Lehigh County Commissioners narrowly rejected a move to raise the pay of elected row officers.  In the process, they also criticized Sheriff Ron Rossi's pricing of gun licenses and his absence from last night's meeting.  Arts projects in Bethlehem and Easton got good news yesterday, as over $400,000 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts were awarded to SteelStacks and other arts projects in Easton.  In local real estate news, sales were down compared to June of last year, although inventory and pricing remained stable.  In Bethlehem, city officials are reexamining building eight parking spaces on Main Street after the objections of several groups.  The Borough of Bath is reexamining whether or not they need a full-time Borough Manager after firing their last one.  Two pieces of good news for Easton - the city's Pomeroy project will begin renovations shortly.  Meanwhile, efforts to raise $250,000 to build a statue for Larry Holmes have already netted $75,000.

In state-wide news, despite some objections with her answers to questions during her confirmation hearing, Senator Specter will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.  New reports indicate that Senator Specter has told the Obama Administration that he would like a job with the administration after his term as Senator ends.

In real estate news, it appears that one million Americans will lose their homes to foreclosures this year, a number called "unprecedented" by at least one analyst.  In West Virginia, Governor Manchin will announce his temporary appointment to replace Senator Robert Byrd.  And, though it seems like it would never happen, BP has stopped the oil leak in the Gulf.

We have three Chamber events today:  a Small Business Council breakfast on their popular Masterminds program, as well as two webinars.  The first, at 11:00am, will review the various member benefits you get for being a Chamber member - this webinar is completely free - just E-mail martaa@lehighvalleychamber.org to register.  The 2nd, by Dale Carnegie, will review resolving sales objections.

That's it for now!  We should have one more entry later today.  Until then, have a great day, and we'll see you later!

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