About Us

1619664_555307364584151_16737826_n Community leaders launched RenewLV in 2005, in response to a landmark Brookings Institution study, Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania and the disturbing trends it revealed.

This study highlighted two challenges facing the Lehigh Valley and regions across the Commonwealth: (1) the “hollowing out” of core communities, resulting in disinvestment in cities and boroughs and the loss of precious farmland and open space; and (2) a highly fragmented system of municipal governance, which severely impedes planning for growth in a proactive, coordinated way.

RenewLV addresses these challenges — a declining urban core, disappearing open space, fragmented local governance — by bringing together a broad range of perspectives and expertise. RenewLV’s Board of Directors, representing a variety of sectors, provides strategic guidance for the organization. This collaborative leadership structure has enabled RenewLV to develop an ambitious agenda focused on revitalizing cities and boroughs and promoting regional approaches to addressing the most pressing issues facing the Lehigh Valley.

RenewLV’s mission is to promote smart growth and efficient governance in the Lehigh Valley in order to revitalize its core communities, preserve open space, and create an economically and environmentally sustainable foundation for the region’s future growth.

RenewLV’s regional initiatives include:10151939_555306284584259_2140152276_n

  • Food Sustainability;
  • Farmland Preservation;
  • Smart Transportation;
  • Smart Growth Education and Outreach;

In all of our initiatives, we support regional collaboration and cooperation, shared services and multi-municipal land use planning and permitting. We engage in state policy discussions to advocate for state-level policy changes that enable effective regional governance.

We advance these initiatives through a set of strategies that engage a broad cross-section of the Lehigh Valley community.

If you would like to find out how you can be plugged into efforts to improve the region, send us an email at smartgrowth@renewlv.org or call us at 484-893-1060.   We will connect you with active committees of like-minded people.  On an ongoing basis, the best way to stay connected is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about our initiatives, visit our Action and Multimedia pages. If you are interested in becoming a part of a network of advocates working toward regional collaboration and urban revitalization, sign up for our e-mail list at our Join Us page.

For additional information, e-mail us at smartgrowth@renewlv.org.

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Address: 1337 E 5th St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (484) 893-1060

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Like urban planning books? Join the Smart Growth Discussion Book Club

Do you have opinions about urbanism, smart growth and public policy that supports sustainability and equity? We gather regularly to discuss relevant community issues at the Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown! Come make friends, drink coffee and explore ideas that will improve our communities such as: zoning, gentrification, air quality and more.

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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. Come make your voice heard!

If you are reading a really interesting book and want to propose it for future discussions please contact us: smartgrowth@renewlv.org or call 484.893.1060.

The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

Moving Ideas to Action

4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities
"Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

Our 4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth was a huge success! We focused on social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. Check out the coverage of our event by The Morning Call here

SoCap and Ben Price of CELDF.

Last year on December 9th, 2016, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's fourth annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. We also held table discussions that covered topics such as strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At last year's Summit, we asked the questions:

•How do you balance what appears to be competing interests: Doing good and making money?

•How does overbearing local, state or federal laws prevent us from preserving quality of life and/or supporting smart growth?

•How do we achieve local self-determination without giving up some of the laudable goals of regulations intended to provide quality of life and prosperity for all?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed to last year's discussion! You made this event possible!

Mountain View

Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here