The Sustainability Buzz

Lehigh Valley Receives 2011 Sustainable Communities Grant

On November 21, 2011, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the awarding of $3.4 million dollars to the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation as part of its 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants program.  The grants are provided by HUD in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the EPA.   Funds will be used to develop the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Plan, topics of which will include growth trends and forecasts, natural resources, farmland preservation, land use, economic development, housing, transportation, community utilities, parks and recreation and historic preservation.  Also included in the grant is funding for three catalytic projects, one each in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

The existence of the LV Sustainability Network was an important factor in the awarding of the grant to the Lehigh Valley.  The concept of the network and the work that is going into developing it show that the Valley has an advanced understanding of the need for collaboration and communication in the development of a sustainable community.  The Network will provide the platform for this connectivity.  iSpring is delighted to have been a founding sponsor of the Network.  Andrea Wittchen, iSpring partner, is the co-chair of its Steering Committee.

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