Revitalization takes a village, and in Allentown that means hundreds of volunteers, community leaders, and city officials and agencies who have come together to implement a comprehensive plan aimed at improving the quality of life and access to wealth and home ownership in the neighborhoods surrounding Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that the residents also see the benefits of the vibrant business district along Hamilton Street in the NIZ as well as North Seventh Street, the gateway to Allentown’s downtown. The coalition, Upside Allentown, held a press conference September 8th to report on its activity to date, two years into the initiative, and lay out plans for year three. Below is the full press release, accomplishments and new projects for 2016-2017. You will also find 4 “Success Videos” that show the real impact on the lives of the people who have benefited from Upside programs. Thank you to all of volunteers, organizations, committees, funders, stakeholders and others who have helped make this possible.
Full Press Release
Upside Allentown Accomplishments 2015-2016
Upside Allentown Projects 2016-2017
Morning Call Article
Upside Allentown featured it’s 13 short films in the Art Museum as a part of the Folk Art Festival. It was a beautiful day and the event was a lot of fun! We are so excited for the momentum Upside Allentown is experiencing. It is all about the people and relationships being built to make this city a better place to work, live and experience! Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible and especially to the Allentown Art Musuem for being an incredible host!
Photo taken by Marco Calderon Photography
Upside Allentown has gained incredible momentum in it’s first year.
So much has been accomplished we just had to have a press release to announce all the great news!
We were featured in Lehigh Valley Business, WFMZ and the Morning Call. We are really excited about year 2 and what we will accomplish together as a community. It’s all about the people and building bridges. There is a lot of momentum in Allentown, let’s work together and keep it going, keep building, keep connecting, continue serving and supporting each other!
Below are some of the press publications.
Upside Press Release