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Allentown launches survey to get input on economic development

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Screengrab from Allentown Vision 2030 survey.
Screengrab from Allentown Vision 2030 survey.

The city of Allentown has launched its Allentown Vision 2030 Community Survey online.

As part of the city planning department’s 10-year comprehensive plan development, Doug Stewart director of planning and zoning, said they decided to go above and beyond, not just looking at land use but at different economic development issues such as workforce needs and transportation. They also decided to go to the city’s roughly 100,000 residents to find out what the issues were that were most important to them. Those who work or own businesses in Allentown are also invited to participate.

“Planners over the years have told people this is what you should have. We want the residents to tell us what they want,” Stewart said.

The survey, which can be found HERE, asks questions about land development, transportation needs, housing stock and what kind of businesses the city should focus on attracting and retaining.

The online survey, which can be taken in English or Spanish, is just one part of the outreach the city is undertaking to get the public’s view on economic development.

As series of meetings are planned. The first one already took place last week on Allentown’s East Side.

Stewart said about 100 people showed up to discuss issues such as inclusion and equality that they felt would help the city’s economic future.

“There are many social issues that people feel are important. It’s not just about land use,” he said.

The next public meeting on the master plan will be scheduled in January.

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