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Support Renew Lehigh Valley and Smart Growth in the Lehigh Valley!

The need for smart growth planning and development is still immense in our region. Renew LV continues to advocate 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. Over the past few months, Renew LV has focused its initiatives to include:

  • Coordinating the public engagement effort to create a truly sustainable region through a regional sustainability plan
  • Continuing to promote regional collaboration
  • Supporting regional cooperation efforts in the region
  • Exploring inter-governmental cooperation that could lead to more efficient delivery of services, such as multi-municipal land use planning and permitting
  • Engaging in state policy discussions to advocate for state-level policy changes that enable effective regional governance

Please consider a financial contribution to Renew LV to support these efforts. Your donation will assist us in this advocacy work , as we gather people to the table to discuss these important issues and move the needle a bit further.

This support will help Renew LV maintain the staff capacity and other resources needed to engage community members in working together toward a high quality of life in our region. You can make a difference in the future of the Lehigh Valley and your community.

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Restarting the Sustainability Book Club

Come talk about cool books with us on Saturday, March 12 at the Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. We will be discussing What To Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)  by Seth Godin (we have copies, so come even if you don't have this book).

The chat will start at 2:00 pm at The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

In future weeks, we will read Becoming Jane Jacobs  by Peter Laurence, which you can order for $34.95 by calling Allentown's Moravian Book Store at 610-351-0849.

Hope to see you there!

Moving Ideas to Action

3rd Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities "Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

On 12/4/15, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's third annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At the Summit, we asked the questions:

•How can we preserve open space while supporting job creation and economic development?

•How does a municipality strike a balance between paying its bills, preserving its individual appeal and supporting the local economy?

•Given the increasing market demand for locally grown and organic food, how can the region better grow a vibrant local food economy?

•How do we capitalize on our central location through an interconnected mass transit system rather than continuing to focus on widening our highways?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed! You made this event possible.

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Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here

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