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The Chamber is your voice in government. We address issues of concern to your business on the local, state and federal levels. We take proactive measures to ensure that government considers business objectives and viewpoints. We'll keep you informed of relevant issues through our newsletters, and committee and council meetings. Email Michelle Griffin Young for more information.

Too many potholes on your street? Grass too high in your local park?
The likely answer is your town’s municipal pension burden. Rep. Seth Grove’s bill (HB1581) will ease the burden. Please click on www.fixthenumbers.com/sign to learn more and send a letter to your State Representative & Senator urging them to support the bill. Thank you! 

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Photo 1: John Churchill, Director of Economic Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia, visited with members of The Chamber’s Energy & Environment Committee to get a sense of related industries within The Chamber and learn about the needs of the business community in Lehigh Valley. (L-R) Jim Policelli, Barry Halper, John Churchill, Aurel Arndt and Aaron Gorodzinsky.


Photo 2: The Chamber's Transportation Committee continues to stress the deep need for transportation funding legislation with our elected officials. (Pictured are Transportation Committee members Gerry Fry & Armand Greco meeting with PA Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) (center)

• Letters from the Chair  
Immigration Policy and Priorities
• Public Policy Priorities
Policy Adoption Process
Pennsylvania & New Jersey Government Information


Photo 3: Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122nd District) met with Public Policy committee members to discuss his stance on immigration reform.

New Jersey Public Policy Articles:
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
 January 2014
December 2013
 November 2013
October 2013
September 2013


Photo 4: Lehigh Valley Representatives met with the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton to discuss pension reform.


Photo 5: Chamber President & CEO Tony Iannelli welcomed Governor Tom Corbett on Business Matters.

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WFMZ-Channel 69.


Photo 6: Immigration Attorney Jose Campos defined the current impediments people face in becoming a U.S. citizen.

 
Photo 7: Varsovia Fernandez, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, addressed the current legislation passed by the U.S. Senate. Photo 8: Muhlenberg Professor Erika Sutherland explained why she believes the time is now for immigration reform.
 
• Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Coalition for Sustainable Communities information:
The Coalition for Sustainable Communities is a growing coalition of chambers of commerce, local government associations and other like-minded organizations that are committed to helping Pennsylvania's rural, suburban and urban communities address growing economic and financial challenges.
www.coalitionforsustainablecommunities.com
www.facebook.com/CoalitionforSustainableCommunities
Working Together to Improve Our Communities: General Information
Pension Health is Key to Pennsylvania Municipal Viability
Binding Arbitration is Strangling Pennsylvania Communities: Act 111

2014-2015 Committee

Barry Fisher
WFMZ TV & wfmz.com
610-798-4000 ext.261
  
Jeffrey Berdahl, CPA
RLB, P.C.
610-703-1886

Dennis Boyne

Luis Campos
HCCLV
610-821-9228

Kevin Dellicker
Dellicker Strategies
484-788-1221

Nancy Dischinat
LVWIB

J. Michael Dowd
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

David Dunn, Esq.
David Dunn Law Offices
610-439-1500

Gary Fedorcha
Merluzzi Insurance & Financial Services

Barry Fisher
WFMZ TV & wfmz.com
610-798-4000 Ext. 261

Frank Frey
Nazareth YMCA
610-759-3440 Ext. 17

Melissa Fritzinger-Gerhardt
Legacy Planning Partners
610-807-9670 Ext. 20

Vito Gallo
Lehigh University
610-758-5801

Michael Gibson
Gray Connective, Inc.
610-253-3081

John Hayes
AFC First Financial Corporation
610-433-748
 
Tom Huntzinger
Emerson, Reid & Company
717-495-1380

Steve Hurni
Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

Dierdre Kamber-Todd
Kamber Law Group
610-248-4074

Bob Knauss
Employee Employer Solutions
610-573-5630

Gina Kormanik
LVWIB

Brian Lokitis
TD Bank
610-366-1800

Joe Madison
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
610-366-4007

Harry McGuirk
Quakertown National Bank
215-538-5600 x5708

Taylor Munoz
LV & Poccono Assoc of Realtors

Steve Patterson
TD Bank
484-241-2430

Jack Pfunder
Manufacturers Resource Center

Tony Pristash
ALL THINGS FRAMED
484-695-5044

Matthew Pye
Just Born, Inc.
610-867-7568

Glenn Reibman
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
267-790-1063

Graham Simmons
Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, P.C.
610-923-8422

Melinda Stumpf
PPL
610-774-5151

Peter Terry
Benchmark Civil Engineering Services, Inc.

Charlie Thiel
Communication Systems Inc. (CSI)
610-439-1600

Larry Wiersch
Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Inc.
610-398-0239

Stephanie Yachim
Crayola
610-439-1600