Mary here from the Chamber Foundation - bringing you some Main Street Lehigh Valley happenings...
The Chamber Foundation just awarded $10,000 in Community Improvement grants to fourteen communities / boroughs here in the Valley. These particular projects are expected to produce at least $170,000 in additional investments.
Just a refresher... the Foundation - the Chamber’s charitable arm - uses donations from the private sector and assistance from the counties to directly fund community development projects in Lehigh Valley’s communities. Up until now, over $78,000 of Foundation funds has contributed to at least $540,000 in community revitalization streetscape, planning, and promotional projects that have benefitted over a dozen municipalities.
Please continue reading below for more details on this good news (for the full media release) - including a list of the lucky fourteen.
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FOURTEEN LEHIGH VALLEY PROJECTS
AWARDED CHAMBER’S MAIN STREET GRANTS
Allentown, PA – The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation has awarded fourteen Community Improvement grants to assist boroughs and organizations in their community revitalization efforts. This $10,000 investment will supplement nearly $170,000 in additional investment within these downtowns.
President/CEO of the Chamber Tony Iannelli said, “We are so happy that we are able to partner with these communities – to help them improve their business districts. All of this is made possible through the corporate and private donations of Lehigh Valley leaders that understand the importance of healthy downtown districts to the regional economy.”
Types of projects funded include streetscape amenities such as banners, benches, tables, greening, and signs; other allocations include promotional assistance in marketing certain downtown events.
The Foundation allocated $10,000 to boroughs and other organizations that offered the strongest proposals relevant to the Foundation’s mission: improving every main street in the Lehigh Valley through targeted investments in façade improvements, streetscape designs, sidewalk beautification, and other enhancements to the physical appearance of our downtowns and urban centers.
This is the third time that the Foundation has offered this funding assistance through its Main Street Lehigh Valley project. In the past, over $78,000 of Foundation funds has contributed to at least $540,000 in community revitalization streetscape, planning, and promotional projects that have benefitted over a dozen municipalities.
Main Street Lehigh Valley funds are intended to support and generate additional public and private investment in the downtowns and surrounding neighborhoods. The program requires that half of the cost of the proposed project be funded by other community partners. Applications were due in May for projects to be completed by the end of December, 2010.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 in Bethlehem, originally to raise funds for holiday decorations. Now that the Chamber has merged with thirteen regional partners, the Foundation has also grown to help all of its communities. The Chamber’s charitable arm aims to use donations from the private sector and assistance from Lehigh and Northampton counties to directly fund community development projects in Lehigh Valley’s communities.
Applicants / Projects Awarded
Wildland's Conservacy - LV Trails Summit
Washington Twp. - Emerald- Banners
Easton Heritage Day - Heritage Day Sponsor
City of Easton - Larry Holmes Statue
Borough of Bangor - Benches
Sun Inn - Hanging Baskets
Community Action LV - Bench Design Competition
Civic Theatre - Marque
Borough of Pen Argyl - Borough Business Signage
Coopersburg Revitalization Program - Flower Planter Program
Borough of Bath - Permanent Signs and Tables
Boro of Catasququa - Painted Hydrant Map & Guide
East Penn Chamber - Gateway Signage
Phillipsburg Chamber - Ole Festival Sponsor