Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

LVPC'S BRUCE RIDER IS A 2018 CFO OF THE YEAR  - September 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

On a typical day, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Director of Administration Bruce Rider might handle payroll, administrate planning funds for a region of 650,000 people, pay bills, review contracts, field staff questions and occasionally agree to be arrested for charity.

Sometimes before noon.

It’s the kind of versatility that comes with straddling the administration, finance and human resources functions at the LVPC.

For Rider, it’s the kind of versatility – and commitment – that’s made him Lehigh Valley Business’ Chief Financial Officer of the Year. Lehigh Valley Business, a website and weekly publication that focuses on business news in the greater Lehigh Valley region, will present the award to Rider during a September 12 event at the DeSales University Center.



Matt Assad, Managing Editor

A decade ago, Catasauqua faced the challenges of a struggling downtown, a vacant brownfield site and few prospects for new development.

That’s when borough officials decided they would lead the way for downtown rebirth. The borough bought the former Iron Works site and mapped out plans for a new Municipal Building complex that would serve as the anchor for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project.

Today, the $11.2 million police, fire and borough building is the centerpiece of a downtown where developers are now proposing an ambitious office, retail and residential development.

For that vision, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) named Catasauqua its 2017 Community of Distinction, and Monday the LVPC gave the borough a way to share its honor with people entering the borough.



Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Have you ever noticed that stop sign with the tree branch hanging in front of it? Or maybe

you’ve wondered why the crosswalks in the business district are faded.

Those are the kinds of roadway issues you’d be trained to find during the daylong Road Safety Audit class offered through the Local Technical Assistance Program. The class will be offered for the first time in Pennsylvania from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 11 at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) offices.

“This was added to the schedule because people have been requesting it,” said Brian Hite, Senior Planning Technician at LVPC. “We know there’s a need in the community. We’re lucky enough to be the first in the state to offer it.”

The first half of the class will be spent going over federal and state regulations, and how to spot road needs, and the second half will be spent in the field viewing examples of roadways where safety can be improved. The field work will include crash data analysis and experience at some of the busiest intersections in the Lehigh Valley.

A second class, Project Overview — also new to the schedule — will be offered September 13 at the LVPC. Project Overview gives municipal employees the tools they need to oversee projects being done by their crews or consultants.

Anyone interested in registering for either course can visit http://lvpc.org/ltap.html.

LTAP classes in the Lehigh Valley are now among the most attended in the state. More than 400 people took courses on the 2017-18 schedule, averaging 22.5 students per course — a more than 50% increase over the previous year, Hite said.

All classes are free, but seats are limited.

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