Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Daily Briefing, 6/14/2011

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

A new survey shows that an increasing amount of employers plan on hiring more employees in the 3rd quarter of 2011 than in the 2nd quarter.  The Colonial Regional Police Commission has said that they do not want to be forced into hiring police officers from the recently disbanded Nazareth Police department.  In Easton, Mayor Sal Panto will be holding another workshop on a proposed Neighborhood Improvement District.
Perkins is declaring bankruptcy and closing 65 stores, including five in the Lehigh Valley area (update: Perkins has not identified which stores in the Valley it will close - I made an error in reading the story and apologize for any confusion).  Bruce Gilbert, John Stoffa's nominee to be Northampton County's new Director of Fiscal Affairs, was forced to address numerous previous instances of personal financial trouble, potentially putting his appointment in danger.  The Bethlehem Area School District approved its budget yesterday, cutting 145 teachers.  In Slatington, Borough Council voted yesterday to fill in municipal pool after Councilwoman Chris Burek had ordered its filling stopped.

In state-wide news, members of the legislature are calling for a ban on teacher strikes.  State officials released a rescue plan for Harrisburg yesterday - the city is indebted to the tune of $300 million for a municipal incinerator gone bad.

In national news, seven Republican candidates for President debated last night, where they largely avoided attacking each other and instead went after President Obama.

We have two Chamber events today - a municipal update from the Greater Northern Chamber of Commerce and a Grand Opening at a new LA Weightloss Center.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll see you later.


DigitalMariner said...

"Perkins is declaring bankruptcy and closing 65 stores, including five in the Lehigh Valley area."

Whoa! Gave me a panic attack. If you read the source you linked, they say Perkins HAS 5 locations and "The company did not identify which sites are targeted to close."

Perhaps you want to reword that and clear things up until the dust settles and announcements are made.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

You are correct - I made an error and thank you for pointing that out. A correction has been made.