Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Community Development through Main Street Lehigh Valley's Grant Program

Dorota Gasienica-Kozak, Esquire
King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC
Board of Governors Chair, The Chamber

Your Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing traditional chamber services like business-to-business network building and marketing opportunities, government affairs and public policy advocacy, training and informational programs, and exclusive money saving services and discounts, all designed to make you more efficient, your job more rewarding and to help grow your business and save you money.

In addition, we are also dedicated to community development because we believe that it promotes our mission to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley.

Fundraising efforts at key events throughout the year, along with a growing number of street fairs and festivals produced by our affiliated chambers of commerce, bring major focus to the business districts and improve traffic to local stores. These events create communal pride as communities are showcased, celebrated and brought to life! Upcoming fairs and festival promotions can be found in the pages of the August issue of Connections.

Now in its 10th year, Main Street Lehigh Valley is The Chamber’s 501(c)3, charitable arm. MSLV uses donations from the private sector to directly fund community development projects and targeted investments in visual enhancements in every city, urban core, downtown, small town and borough. We believe that this is the key to a thriving economy.

To date, MSLV has granted more than $375,000, leveraging more than $7 million, to support 225 projects in 30 communities. Funded projects include bike racks, pavilions, murals, flower baskets, trail signage, farmer’s markets, benches, lighting, security cameras, water fountains, playgrounds and other streetscape and beautification projects.

Of course, it takes resources to accomplish these goals. The Chamber and MSLV continue to seek members and affiliates with the same dedication and the time, talent and treasure to contribute to help make every Lehigh Valley community all that it can be - On Every Main Street! 

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