A local real estate mogul has used a personal line of credit to fund over $2 million worth of loans to upstart entrepreneurs in Germantown. It's part of a holistic training program that encourages local residents to rehab homes and keeps dollars in the community. Now the idea is spreading.
This innovative new tool helps municipalities turn vacant and crumbling properties into assets. In Dauphin County, the new Land Bank is developing homes and commercial spaces, and folding the profits into its next project.
This shuttered institution -- long a locus of holiday cheer, school shopping and family meals -- will be transformed into the The Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe. It's a huge boon for the area, bringing 700 employees and thousands of visitors back downtown.
It's time to rethink this iconic Pennsylvania county. Sure, there are still soft pretzels and bucolic landscapes, but there are also cutting-edge companies, an amazing farm-to-table food scene, resurgent towns and a thriving urban center.
An old Bethlehem Steel facility has been transformed into an homage and examination of the country's -- and the Lehigh Valley's -- industrial legacy. Open since August, the museum provides a chance to get up close and personal with major machinery.
The skywalk at the Kinzua Bridge has been called one of the 10 most beautiful skywalks in the world. This month, a vibrant visitors center will open, celebrating the steel structure's wild, winding history and capping a decade of strategic tourism investment in the region.
In areas like Strawberry Mansion, a complex patchwork of challenges -- including tangled titles, aging homes and long waits for programs -- can make it hard for residents to maintain and repair their historic properties. A local CDC is working to change all that.