MAIN STREET Revitalization
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The Chamber Foundation’s mission is to improve the appearance and vitality of every main street in the Lehigh Valley. In keeping with the goal of urban revitalization, our grant dollars help to fund a variety of projects intended to visually enhance our downtowns and surrounding traditional neighborhoods.

Why we do it

 

Why does it matter?

Community development – targeted investments in streetscape designs, sidewalk beautification, and other visual enhancements to our downtowns and traditional surrounding neighborhoods is critical to the vibrancy of our sidewalks and business corridors.  Our small main street grants spur other support, instill neighborhood pride, and create a unique sense of place in each community.

WHat is the impact?

Over the last 10 years, with just $400,000 distributed through our grant program, we have leveraged about $8 million, that’s a 20x return on investment.  Over 250 projects have been completed.  We have also supported volunteer community organizations that continue to operate without staff, and façade programs that help business owners restore their properties.

What should you know?

Our 501c3 charitable arm originated as the Citizens Christmas Committee in Bethlehem in 1985, the Bethlehem Area Chamber Foundation sold Christmas Seals to fund holiday decorations on Main Street. When the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber merged with the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce, we decided to expand the wonderful benefits of investing in thriving Main Streets to all of the communities served by the Chamber; we are improving every main street in the Lehigh Valley – one project at a time.

Our Work

The Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation plays a key role in the revitalization of downtowns across the Lehigh Valley.

What our Partners say

“The chamber Foundation has been a tremendous help to the City of Allentown- they funded the Visioning process for the Hamilton District Main Street Program and assisted the 7th Street Main Street and Elm Street programs. These types of initiatives will rebuld our urban core and our surrounding neighborhoods.”

Mayor Pawlowski | City Of Allentown

“In our area alone we have over ten groups that have benefited from chamber foundation main street grants for projects, so if the Lehigh Valley on a whole is experiencing similar impact to what we are accomplishing here, I think that is pretty fantastic!”

 

Jason Breidinger | Northern Future Focus

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Bethehem, PA 18018