Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce column
Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, addressed a crowd of more than 50 business people at the WACC August luncheon at Fellowship Community's new Zentz Center.
She shared a wide variety of valuable and encouraging information for businesses in the Whitehall area. The population of the Lehigh Valley has been growing by 1 percent each year for more than 30 years and one in four people is going to be older than 60 in the next five years.
This area's employment opportunities will continue to increase. The Lehigh Valley is still substantially family-oriented compared to other areas of the country, even though commercial construction is on the rise. Whitehall has a real opportunity to capture business from people heading into Allentown for events at the new arena.
She also discussed the eventual widening of Route 22 to three lanes in both directions, but stressed that one of the conditions of funding was that the roadway would never be reduced below two lanes during construction.
She encouraged everyone to visit the LVPC website, www.lvpc.org, for access to all this information.
The chamber also announced its upcoming events.
Thursday, Sept. 4 – 5 p.m., Lehigh Valley Easy Pages Networking Bash poolside at the Ramada.
Monday, Sept. 8 – 5 p.m., Kick-Off of MOW: Men of Whitehall Networking event at Buffalo Wild Wings, Whitehall.
Thursday, Sept. 11 – 11:45 a.m., Membership luncheon: LVEDC President and Chief Executive Officer Don Cunningham discusses initiatives of Lehigh Valley Economic Develpment at Fellowship Community.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 – noon, WOW luncheon: "Which Fork Do I Use" presented by Linda Reed Friedman, Advanta Strategies at the Fellowship Community Zentz Center.
Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 8-10 a.m., Tri-chamber breakfast: "Communicating One to One or One Million – Making Your Messages Matter" at Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, Bethlehem.
Thursday, Sept. 25 – 11-11:45 a.m., Webinar: "What is a Webinar and What Can It Do For My Business?" presented by Dick Cipoletti, RCC Associate.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 – 5-6:30 p.m., CarePatrol launch and business mixer at the chamber office.
Wednesday, Oct. 8 – Chamber Expo with Lehigh Valley Business at Agri-Plex.
Many events require an RSVP. You can RSVP by calling 610-432-4130 or by visiting the WACC website at www.waccpa.org