Tuesday, August 16, 2011

21 Projects Awarded the Chamber's Main Streets Lehigh Valley Grants

You might have heard about our previous efforts to revitalize the Urban Cores of the Lehigh Valley.  Our non-profit arm is our Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation, which funds staffing and grant projects that seek to directly improve the quality of life in all Lehigh Valley urban cores.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from our friends at the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, we were able to successfully complete another round of funding for this effort.  In total, 21 projects in 17 different municipalities were awarded grants to fund a variety of projects.

Check out the press release below for more info!


The Chamber Foundation awarded 21 Community Improvement grants to assist 17 municipalities with their community revitalization efforts. This investment includes contributions from the Chamber’s Small Business Council ‘Snow Ball’ gala and from the first of a three year commitment of $50,000 a year from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.  Because many loans and grants require a ‘match’ in order for a community to secure dollars for their projects, these grants help to fill that need.   In this round alone we expect to leverage almost $2 million of investment in our downtowns.

The funds were granted by the Chamber Foundation’s Main Street Lehigh Valley Initiative to projects that will improve every main street in the Lehigh Valley through targeted investments in fa├žade improvements, streetscape designs, sidewalk beautification, and other enhancements to the physical appearance of our downtowns and urban centers.

This is the fourth time that the Foundation has offered this funding assistance through its Main Street Lehigh Valley initiative. In the past three rounds, nearly $100,000 of Chamber Foundation funds has contributed to almost $1 million in investments.  This round of grants more than doubles the investment leveraged by the first three rounds.

About The Chamber: The mission of The Chamber is to: deliver value to members through superior programs and services; advocate to advance business interests; unify the Lehigh Valley business community to leverage regional resources and strengthen its collective voice; and to create opportunities for businesses to grow.  With nearly 5,000 member businesses who employ more than 140,000 individuals, The Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania, largest in New Jersey, and one of the most active advocates for member businesses in the nation.

  – List of projects funded attached –

Alburtis – Streetscape Enhancements
Allentown – Clean Team
Allentown – Downtown Map & Guide Printing
Bangor – Heritage Mural
Bath – Visitors Guide & Map & Business Directory
Bethlehem – Christmas City Sign
Catasauqua – Gateway Improvements
Coopersburg – Downtown Streetscape Plan
Easton – Heritage Days
Easton – Artist Designed Bicycle Rack Public Art Program – Round 3
Emmaus – 2011-2012 Emmaus Community Guide
Hellertown – Dimmick Park Stage
Hellertown – Town Center Site Furnishings – benches, bike racks and trash cans
Northampton – Welcome to Northampton signs
Northern Lehigh – Welcome to Slatington Sign and Planter
Northern Lehigh – Fountain for Slatington Memorial Park
Pen Argyl – Healthy Walking Trail
Phillipsburg, NJ – Ole Towne Festival
Southern Lehigh – Aquatics Center
Walnutport – Landscape Project
Washington Township – Flower Baskets


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