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Nov 07, 2017

John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.» Read More

Nov 03, 2017

NMM hosts event with Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood

On Wednesday, November 1, we were fortunate enough to host an event with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Secretary LaHood discussed the issues plaguing the nation’s infrastructure and the need for a new, well-funded infrastructure bill – which he hopes the current administration will pass.

Lehigh Valley Business covered the event (click here to read the article), and mentioned the Northampton County P3 project, which the Northampton County GPA and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus were recently recognized for.» Read More

Jan 03, 2017

Join us at our next seminar: Public-Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects

John F. Lushis, Jr., Esq., (Solicitor to  NCGPA), Peter D. Hutcheon, Esq., John Brown (Northampton County Executive), Stan Rugis (Northampton County Director of Public Works), Ryan Durkin (Northampton County Solicitor), and Shawn Langen (NCGPA Chair), are pleased to invite you to “Public Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects,” on Thursday, January 26. In this presentation, we will discuss the structure of P3 projects and the opportunities and advantages they provide.» Read More

Mar 10, 2016

“Retail Mosaic” Competition Coming to Allentown

The City of Allentown announced yesterday that it will be hosing a “Retail Mosaic” Competition, which is a Shark Tank-like competition that is aiming to open 10 new retail locations in Allentown. The winners of the competition will receive up to $15,000 in loans. Here are some important dates:

March 23 – Pre-application due – click here
April 8 – Full business plan and application due
Up to 20 applicants will be selected to “pitch” their business idea Shark Tank style
May 4 – Selected applicants will make their 10 minute pitches
Week of May 9 – Winners will be notified with the loan closings being held between the end of May and mid-June

Professionals, including me, will provide legal or other assistance to the selected entrepreneurs at free or reduced rates.» Read More

Jun 02, 2014

Julie Macomb Appointed to Hamilton District Main Street Program Board of Directors

We’d like to congratulate Julie Macomb on her appointment to the Board of Directors of the Hamilton District Main Street Program! She also serves on the Design Committee for the Program.  The Hamilton District Main Street Program is an initiative of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to read more.» Read More

Feb 12, 2014

City Revitalization and Improvement Zones: State Senators Propose 13 Additional CRIZ Designations and Additional Pilot Programs

The Pennsylvania Legislature recently adopted new legislation creating the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (“CRIZ”) through Act 52 of 2013. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Governor’s Office of Budget, and the Department of Revenue recently selected the City of Bethlehem and the City of Lancaster as the two 2014 recipients. After the announcement, state senators Judy Schwank (representing the City of Reading) and John Blake (representing the City of Scranton) voiced their intent to pursue a plan whereby additional cities and townships could be eligible for a CRIZ designation.» Read More

Oct 21, 2013

Rich Somach to Speak at CREW Presentation

I will be a presenter at Allentown’s Retail Revival, with Allison Lisiecki, City Center Retail Specialist, on Tuesday, October 29, at the Hamilton Financial Center in Allentown.  This program, hosted by CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Lehigh Valley, will take a journey into the past to explore the history of downtown Allentown’s retail landscape in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and will delve into the plans being implemented today and the vision of the future to attract the best retail mix to support the new arena, office, hotel and apartment development taking place in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone.» Read More

Oct 04, 2013

Brownfields to gold mines? Possible – but be careful

On September 25, my colleague, Jeff Casaletto, Esq., and I presented Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil- Understanding Risks Can Create Opportunities. Betsy Schamberger, President of Moonstone Environmental, and Tracy Oscavich, Director of Lehigh Valley Land Recycling joined us to discuss how common “deal killers” can actually create additional business opportunities. Please click here to read an article published in Lehigh Valley Business about the seminar.» Read More