Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
Unhappy with the budget as proposed, Northampton County Council President Ron Angle will be presenting his own 2011 budget. At a press conference yesterday, Congressman Charlie Dent, CEOs and union representatives protested a use of federal stimulus dollars that imported cement from Peru. Lehigh Valley home sales continue to drop, declining nearly a third from a year ago. In an effort to gain federal funding, the principles of four Allentown schools have been transferred to other locations.
In national news, President Obama has lifted a federal moratorium on deepwater drilling. A federal judge has also ordered the military to stop enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military. In world-wide news, the miraculous rescue of the Chilean mine continues; as I type this, seven have been rescued, with 26 to go. The men have been trapped over 2,000 feet underground for 66 days.
We have three Chamber events today (its a busy one): the Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly breakfast and will be discussing ambulance service, Northampton County Executive John Stoffa will be delivering the Northampton County Financial Address and the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual Meeting and Community Awards.
I'm going to start a new thing here: leaving with amazing videos that I can find, regardless of their relevance to the business world, because let's face it, all of us can use some entertainment! So, who remembers yo-yo's? This guy does. As you watch, I also want you to keep in mind that I know I can do everything that this guy does (okay, really, I'd probably hit myself in the head and knock myself unconsious, but that's completely besides the point).
Have a great day!