Lehigh Valley Mayors' Forum: Next Generation Sustainable Cities and Suburbs

Lehigh University, The Wood Dining Room, Mountaintop Campus Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 6:30am - 8:30am


DVGBC and ULI Philadelphia are pleased to announce that we are co-hosting the Lehigh Valley Mayors' Forum on Wednesday, February 10th at 11:30 am at Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus. The purchase of a ticket includes a lunch buffet, complimentary parking, and continuing education credits (1.5 GBCI CE hours and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW credits).

The panelists featured this year are: Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown; Mayor Robert J. Donchez of Bethlehem; Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. of Easton; and Mayor Edward D. Hozza, Jr. of Whitehall Township. This insightful panel discussion will be moderated by Ashley S. Russo, President and Executive Producer of ASR Media Productions and creator of meaningful media including The PEAK TV. Click here to learn more about our panelists and moderator.

Join us and hear the Mayors' thoughts on supporting sustainable change and their visions for planning and redevelopment in the Lehigh Valley. They'll address many different social and economic circumstances, from changing demographics and consumer preferences to family-sustaining jobs and the workforce. How can they build the infrastructure to support resilient development and redevelopment? What will the Lehigh Valley’s cities and suburbs look like in the coming decades? Hear the answers to these questions and more during this thoughtful lunch discussion!

Program Agenda:

11:30 - 11:55 am: Lunch and Networking

11:55 am - 12:10 pm: Welcome and Introductions

12:10 - 12:30 pm: Mayors' Presentations

12:30 - 1:00 pm: Moderated Panel Discussion

1:00 - 1:20: Audience Q&A

1:20 - 1:30 pm: Closing 

Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome.

Event Cost: 
  • DVGBC or ULI Philadelphia Members* | $30
  • Non-Members | $45
  • Government/Nonprofit (with ID) | $20
  • Students (with ID) | $10
Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Barry Isett & Associates 

Langan Engineering



Spillman Farmer Architects

Thank you to our partner:


Thank you to our host:

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Mayor Edward Pawlowski
City of Allentown

Ed Pawlowski is a leader with skills honed by experience. A center-city Allentown resident for over a decade, Ed knows first-hand both the struggle and the potential Allentown faces. He cares passionately about the future of the city he chose to make his home.

In 2005, Ed was encouraged to run for mayor by business and community leaders. Voters in Allentown elected Ed and then showed renewed confidence by re-electing him by a nearly 3-1 margin in November 2009 and again in November 2013. Over the past few years, Ed has worked tirelessly to improve Allentown. A billion dollars in new development projects are planned or underway in every section of the city. 

To learn more about Mayor Pawlowski and the City of Allentown, click here.

Mayor Robert J. Donchez
City of Bethlehem

Bob Donchez is a retired educator who taught American Government for thirty five years in the Allentown School District. He was elected as Mayor of Bethlehem in 2014 and previously served as Chief of Staff to Representatives Daniel T. McNeill and Joseph F. Brennan. 

Mayor Donchez has also served as Chairman of Council’s Public Safety, Finance, and Community and Economic Development Committees and on the Executive Board of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation and Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Board. 

To learn more about Mayor Donchez and the City of Bethlehem, click here.

Mayor Sal Panto, Jr.
City of Easton

Sal Panto was elected to his third, non-consecutive term as mayor in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Mayor Panto is recognized for making Easton a cleaner and safer city in both its neighborhoods and its historic downtown. He and his team are also credited with bringing fiscal stability to the city. Since he took office, Easton has had seven straight years with no increase in real estate taxes and has had a year-end surplus all seven years. His financial management has earned the city an increase in its Standard and Poor’s rating from a BBB to an A- which is indicative of the financial management team’s success.

To learn more about Mayor Panto and the City of Easton, click here.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza, Jr.
Whitehall Township

Mayor Edward D. Hozza, Jr. was sworn in as the sixth Executive of the Township of Whitehall on January 7, 2008.  In November of 2009, the voters of Whitehall Township, by ballot question, voted to amend the Home Rule Charter of the Township and change the title of Township Executive to Township Mayor.  Executive Hozza, in mid-term, became the last Executive and the first Mayor of Whitehall Township.  Mayor Hozza was reelected in 2011 and again in 2015. 

Mayor Hozza led Whitehall Township through the “Great Recession” by instituting a non uniform hiring freeze and cutting all non essential spending. The Mayor resurrected the dormant Whitehall Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority as a mechanism to assist with Redevelopment of vacant commercial properties and encourage economic growth. Under Mayor Hozza’s leadership the Township has added 32 acres of Open Space so that now over 400+ acres are protected Park and Recreation areas in the Township.

To learn more about Mayor Hozza and Whitehall Township, click here.

Ashley S. Russo 
ASR Media Productions

Ashley S. Russo is the President and Executive Producer at ASR Media Productions. She received her B.A. in Journalism from New York University. Ashley has worked in television and media for over 15 years, producing for NBC Today Show, Bloomburg Business News, Weather Channel, and Ruder Finn PR. Her favorite project since founding ASR Media Productions was Education for All: The Vision of Ed Donley, a documentary about the inspiring former Air Products President/CEO and philanthropist Ed Donley. 

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