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Former mayor joins law firm

By , - Last modified: March 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The former 10-year mayor of Bethlehem is now on the private sector side, working for a local law firm.

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, a law firm in Bethlehem at 60 W. Broad St., hired John Callahan as director of business development.

The firm also has several offices in New Jersey and one in New York City.

Callahan will help clients with government relations, real estate development and strategic planning in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One of the projects he is helping lead is the mixed use development for Bethworks Renovations LLC, which is headed by one of the law firm's partners, Michael Perrucci.

The proposed $25 million project entails constructing three buildings on vacant lots on East Third Street and represents the first potential new project to begin construction in Bethlehem's City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, which offers tax incentives for developers.

Callahan said he always enjoyed wearing the economic development hat as mayor and is looking forward to his new role.

"I think the firm has great potential for growth in the [Lehigh] Valley," Callahan said. "I've always enjoyed very much the role of economic development. This gives me the opportunity to continue this work. It's a natural extension of what I've been doing."

During Callahan's administration from 2004-2014, Bethlehem received more than $3 billion in investments, including projects such as Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks campus and Majestic Bethlehem Center. He also helped expand the technology sector in the city's South Side and strengthened the downtown districts.

"John led Bethlehem through an enormous period of change over the last decade," the law firm's managing partner, Brian Tipton, said in a news release. "He has a well-known ability to attract business and promote the attributes of the Lehigh Valley."

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Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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