A closer look at Renew Lehigh Valley

When Renew Lehigh Valley was launched in 2005 by community leaders, the major concerns for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley were twofold: (1) the “hollowing out” of core communities, resulting in disinvestment in cities and boroughs and the loss of precious farmland and open space; and (2) a highly fragmented system of municipal governance, which severely impedes planning for growth in a proactive, coordinated way.

When Renew Lehigh Valley was launched in 2005 by community leaders, the major concerns for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley were twofold: (1) the “hollowing out” of core communities, resulting in disinvestment in cities and boroughs and the loss of precious farmland and open space; and (2) a highly fragmented system of municipal governance, which severely impedes planning for growth in a proactive, coordinated way.

Eight years later the need for smart growth planning and development is still immense. With the Lehigh Valley anticipating an addition of at least 145,000 new residents by 2030, according to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s estimates, smart planning is imperative.

Renew Lehigh Valley is acting to meet that need in 2013 and advocating for our core beliefs: that regional thinking can foster more effective planning and public investment that, in turn, lead to strong core communities and preserve the natural and historical assets that make the Lehigh Valley such a special place.

Renew LV has refocused its initiatives to include:

• Leading the public outreach efforts for Envision Lehigh Valley aimed at furthering the current Comprehensive Plan and establishing a regional sustainability plan

• Advocating for a regional water authority to offer a fair price to the City of Allentown and for the City to favor proposals that maintain local, public control of water and wastewater operations

• Advancing a police regionalization plan within the Slate Belt

• Exploring inter-governmental cooperation that could lead to more efficient delivery of services, such as multi-municipal land use planning and permitting

• Supporting the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center and expanding its reach into Northampton County

• Engaging in state policy discussions to advocate for state-level policy changes that enable effective regional governance

LVB Business Events

Business Growth Symposium

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Business Growth Symposium

2019 Health Care Symposium

Thursday, August 01, 2019
2019 Health Care Symposium

2019 CFO of the Year Awards

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
2019 CFO of the Year Awards

2019 Fastest Growing Companies Awards

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
2019 Fastest Growing Companies Awards