Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

NOAA GRANT TO PROMOTE HAZARD MITIGATION AWARENESS - May 2019, Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Tucked away in a three-story former movie theater building on Easton’s Northampton Street, the Nurture Nature Center will never be confused with Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute or Washington D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum.

But then, those internationally renowned science centers haven’t been asked to help save the planet by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Nurture Nature Center has received a $459,420 NOAA grant to conduct a four-year program, titled Create Resilience, to develop partnerships with students, raise awareness to the effects of climate change and promote the Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Nurture Nature is one of nine grantees among 237 applicants from across the country, along with such centers as Boston’s Museum of Science in Boston, San Diego’s Ocean Discovery Institute and the University of Michigan.

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LEARN HOW DEVELOPMENT IS DONE - May 2019, Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Ever wonder how that property down the street got rezoned? Or how your community leaders decided to allow a new warehouse to be built? Or maybe you’re an elected or municipal official who wants a better understanding of how the planning and development process works.

The 2019 Lehigh Valley Government Academy courses can cover all that and more.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) offers three courses a year in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI).  It’s the only program of its type that spells out the legal obligations of municipal officials who serve on volunteer boards and commissions. These volunteer positions are key to maintaining the quality of life locally and regionally by balancing growth and development with infrastructure, educational, recreational, environment and other needs.

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