Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
Good news appears to be on the way in Bethlehem, with the Sands apparently looking to restart work on its previously planned events center and mall. Despite collecting 23,000 signatures, the Election Commission in Northampton County voted 3-2 against putting the sale of Gracedale as a referendum on the ballot, saying that it would likely violate the County's Home Rule Charter. In Pen Argyl, the School District voted to raise taxes by 2.8%. The Borough of Nazareth is exploring the possibility of regionalizing its police department.
In state-wide news, Governor Corbett has released his government reform plan.
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address yesterday, calling for a more civil debate and touching on many themes. Two Republicans gave responses: Congressman Paul Ryan (R-OH) gave the official response, while Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann gave the Tea Party response.
We held our Annual Economic Outlook event yesterday - it was attended by about 700 people. Here is the coverage in the Morning Call, Express-Times, and on WFMZ. You can also check out a review of the tweets from the event. To summarize though: the news is good. 2011 is expected to be a better year.
We have two Chamber events today: first, the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce is installing their new board. We also have a seminar on marketing to Latinos. These events are both still on despite the weather forecasts.
That's it for now! Have a great day, and we'll see you later.