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We’ve gotten a great deal done, but there’s still more to do! Join us by volunteering, performing, joining a committee or sponsoring our programs! Be a part of the revitalization in South Bethlehem! Fill out our form below and let us know what interests you.

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The SouthSide Arts District (SSAD) is a downtown revitalization program that works to improve economic conditions for businesses and institutions located in the core business district of south Bethlehem, PA. The SSAD was formally organized in 2015 as an initiative of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), joining several other similarly organized programs including Bethlehem’s Keystone Innovation Zone, Pi: Partnership for Innovation business incubator, and the SouthSide Ambassadors program. SSAD staff and volunteers are focused on the four points of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vitality.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS ON THE SOUTHSIDE

We’re glad that you are interested in locating or expanding your business in Bethlehem. This checklist will help make this process as simple as possible so you can get to the business of running your business!

This business checklist is intended to serve as a guide for individuals interested in opening a business in the City of Bethlehem.

VIEW OUR STRATEGIC PLAN

The SouthSide Arts District (SSAD) is a downtown revitalization program that works to improve economic conditions for businesses and institutions located in the core business district of south Bethlehem, PA. The SSAD was formally organized in 2015 as an initiative of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), joining several other similarly organized programs including Bethlehem’s Keystone Innovation Zone, Pi: Partnership for Innovation business incubator, and the SouthSide Ambassadors program. SSAD staff and volunteers are focused on the four points of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vitality.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS ON THE SOUTHSIDE

We’re glad that you are interested in locating or expanding your business in Bethlehem. This checklist will help make this process as simple as possible so you can get to the business of running your business!

This business checklist is intended to serve as a guide for individuals interested in opening a business in the City of Bethlehem.

The role of the Advisory Committee is to help establish and advocate the SouthSide Arts District’s mission and goals, to advise and support the staff and volunteer committees, and to provide strategic leadership in regard to the organization’s long-term financial sustainability. The Advisory Committee does not have formal authority to govern the organization. Rather, it serves to make recommendations to the staff and committees, as well as to provide key information and materials as needed to the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation Board. The Advisory Committee also plays an important public relations role and fundraising role, providing staff with a strategic-level perspective on programmatic issues.

Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education, Lehigh University Art Galleries
Audree M. Chase-Mayoral, Associate Dean, Community Education, Northampton Community College
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Julia Corwin, Director of Corporate Communications, Wind Creek Casino Bethlehem
Larry Eighmy, Founder & Managing Principal, The Stone House Group
Joanne Garcia, Education Coordinator, The Banana Factory
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
Lisa Jordan, Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre
Alicia Miller Karner, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Adrienne McNeil, Assistant Vice President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University
Charles Patrick, Owner, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (Chair)
Candi Staurinos, Director of Advertising, Zoellner Arts Center
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates
Derek Wallen, Owner, Roasted

The role of the Design Committee is to improve and shape the physical environment of SouthSide Arts District. Their goal is to make the SouthSide Arts District an attractive place for business owners, investors, visitors, and current and/or potential residents.  

Dr. Karen Beck Pooley, Professor of Practice, Director of Environmental Policy Design Program, Lehigh University
Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education, Lehigh University Art Galleries (Chair)
Chris Colon, Independent Artist, Chris Colon Originals
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Carise Comstock, Principal, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Barbara Fraust, Public Art Chair, Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission
Joanne Garcia, Education Coordinator, The Banana Factory
Darlene Heller, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Bethlehem
Glenn Koehler, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, National Museum of Industrial History
Hector Lopez, Manager, SouthSide Ambassadors
Ashley Matlock, Owner, Rise Above Hair Studio
Ian Panko, Owner, Café the Lodge
MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, Chief of Artistic Programs and Events/Co-Principal, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

The role of the Promotions Committee is to convey a positive image of the district and to encourage consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the arts district.  This committee also plans special events and retail promotional events that attract people to the district.

Lara Bly Allaik, Owner, Lara Bly Designs
Amy Burkhart, Deputy Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Kate Cassidy, Graphic Designer, Lehigh University
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Benney Dornevil, Owner, Eva’s Bargain Boutique
Kara Mohsinger, President, National Museum of Industrial History
Tara Nagabhru, Owner, Color Me Mine
Katie Oscavich, Social Still
Lenore Pitsilos, Education & Community Engagement, Zoellner Arts Center
Susan Stachowski, Community Relations, Wind Creek
Derek Wallen, Owner, Roasted (Chair)

This role of the Organization Committee is to build collaborations among a broad range of public and private sector groups, organizations and constituencies. They play a key role in attracting volunteers and financial contributions needed to support the organization’s programs.  

Roger Hudak, SouthSide Taskforce
Lisa Jordan, Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre (Chair)
Glenn Koehler, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, National Museum of Industrial History
Linda Rentschler, CEO, Humanitarian Social Innovations
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Bethlehem
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates

The role of the Economic Vitality Committee is to strengthen the community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.  It does so by maintaining a thorough understanding of the current economic conditions in the district and identifying opportunities for targeted investment and growth.

Shawn Fuller, Business Development & Retention Specialist, City of Bethlehem
Andrea Hampton, Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University
Roger Hudak, SouthSide Task Force
Adrienne McNeil, Assistant Vice President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University
Pete Reinke, Business Development Officer & Assistant Vice President, Univest Bank & Trust Co.
John Trapani, Owner, ZEST bar+grille

COMMITTEES

The role of the Advisory Committee is to help establish and advocate the SouthSide Arts District’s mission and goals, to advise and support the staff and volunteer committees, and to provide strategic leadership in regard to the organization’s long-term financial sustainability. The Advisory Committee does not have formal authority to govern the organization. Rather, it serves to make recommendations to the staff and committees, as well as to provide key information and materials as needed to the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation Board. The Advisory Committee also plays an important public relations role and fundraising role, providing staff with a strategic-level perspective on programmatic issues.

Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education, Lehigh University Art Galleries
Audree M. Chase-Mayoral, Associate Dean, Community Education, Northampton Community College
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Julia Corwin, Director of Corporate Communications, Wind Creek Casino Bethlehem
Larry Eighmy, Founder & Managing Principal, The Stone House Group
Joanne Garcia, Education Coordinator, The Banana Factory
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
Lisa Jordan, Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre
Alicia Miller Karner, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Adrienne McNeil, Assistant Vice President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University
Charles Patrick, Owner, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (Chair)
Candi Staurinos, Director of Advertising, Zoellner Arts Center
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates
Derek Wallen, Owner, Roasted

The role of the Design Committee is to improve and shape the physical environment of SouthSide Arts District. Their goal is to make the SouthSide Arts District an attractive place for business owners, investors, visitors, and current and/or potential residents.  

Dr. Karen Beck Pooley, Professor of Practice, Director of Environmental Policy Design Program, Lehigh University
Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education, Lehigh University Art Galleries (Chair)
Chris Colon, Independent Artist, Chris Colon Originals
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Carise Comstock, Principal, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Barbara Fraust, Public Art Chair, Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission
Joanne Garcia, Education Coordinator, The Banana Factory
Darlene Heller, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Bethlehem
Glenn Koehler, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, National Museum of Industrial History
Hector Lopez, Manager, SouthSide Ambassadors
Ashley Matlock, Owner, Rise Above Hair Studio
Ian Panko, Owner, Café the Lodge
MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, Chief of Artistic Programs and Events/Co-Principal, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

The role of the Promotions Committee is to convey a positive image of the district and to encourage consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the arts district.  This committee also plans special events and retail promotional events that attract people to the district.

Lara Bly Allaik, Owner, Lara Bly Designs
Amy Burkhart, Deputy Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Kate Cassidy, Graphic Designer, Lehigh University
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Benney Dornevil, Owner, Eva’s Bargain Boutique
Kara Mohsinger, President, National Museum of Industrial History
Tara Nagabhru, Owner, Color Me Mine
Katie Oscavich, Social Still
Lenore Pitsilos, Education & Community Engagement, Zoellner Arts Center
Susan Stachowski, Community Relations, Wind Creek
Derek Wallen, Owner, Roasted (Chair)

This role of the Organization Committee is to build collaborations among a broad range of public and private sector groups, organizations and constituencies. They play a key role in attracting volunteers and financial contributions needed to support the organization’s programs.  

Roger Hudak, SouthSide Taskforce
Lisa Jordan, Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre (Chair)
Glenn Koehler, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, National Museum of Industrial History
Linda Rentschler, CEO, Humanitarian Social Innovations
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Bethlehem
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates

The role of the Economic Vitality Committee is to strengthen the community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.  It does so by maintaining a thorough understanding of the current economic conditions in the district and identifying opportunities for targeted investment and growth.

Shawn Fuller, Business Development & Retention Specialist, City of Bethlehem
Andrea Hampton, Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University
Roger Hudak, SouthSide Task Force
Adrienne McNeil, Assistant Vice President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University
Pete Reinke, Business Development Officer & Assistant Vice President, Univest Bank & Trust Co.
John Trapani, Owner, ZEST bar+grille

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