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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, Senior Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Andrew Cassano, Administrative Director, Zoellner Arts Center
Julia Corwin, Executive Director of Brand Marketing, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Larry Eighmy, Founder & Managing Principal, The Stone House Group
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
Dr. Gail M. Mrowinski, Associate Dean, Community Education, Northampton Community College
Charles Patrick, Chair of Committee and Owner of Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub
Monika Samuelson, Director of Retail Partnerships and Marketing, Lehigh University
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Tom Stine, President, Viddler Inc.
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates
Adrienne Washington, Assistant Vice-President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University

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.  

Karen Beck Pooley, Professor of Practice, Director of Environmental Policy Design Program at Lehigh University
Stacie Brennan, Chair of Committee and Senior Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Devyn Leonor Briggs, Resident Artist at Banana Factory
Warren Clark, Owner, Domaci
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Marketing and Housing Coordinator, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Ellen Flynn, Owner, The Art Establishment
Barbara Fraust, Public Art Chair of the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission
Hillary Harper, Senior Manager of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Darlene Heller, Director of Planning & Zoning, City of Bethlehem
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
James Jordan, Artistic Director, Touchstone Theatre
Ramona LaBarre, Managing Director, Godfrey Daniels
Diane LaBelle, Executive Director & CEO, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Hector Lopez, Supervisor, SouthSide Ambassadors
Jack Murray, Art Director, Jack Murray Design
Charles Patrick, Owner of Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub
Allie Starer, Student, Lehigh University

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.

Jeff Boerner, Director of Northampton Community College Fab Lab
Amy Burkhart, Deputy Director, Community & Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Kate Cassidy, Graphic Designer, Lehigh University
Derrick Clark, Owner, Domaci
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Marketing and Housing Coordinator, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Andrea DeJesus, Owner, A-List Salon & Spa
Jaime Shively, General Manager, Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley
Derek Wallan, Owner, Roasted

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.  

Lisa Jordan, Chair of Committee, Ensemble Member & Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre
Glenn Koehler, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, National Museum of Industrial History
Tara Nagabhyru, Co-Owner, Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Bethlehem
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation 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.

Juliana Bolivar, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Sara Bukowiec, Business Development & Retention Specialist, Community & Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Christine Cleaver, South Bethlehem Assistance Program Director, Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
Kristi Lutes, Financial Specialist, Stark Financial Group
Tom McCormack, Owner, American Male
Fran Molinari, Owner, Molinari’s
Cheri Molinari, Owner, Molinari’s
Pete Reinke, Vice President of Development, ALT Realty
Linda Rentscher, Chief Executive Officer of Humanitarian Social Innovations
Monika Samuelson, Chair of Committee, Director of Retail Partnerships and Marketing, Lehigh University
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Bethlehem
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Tom Stine, President, Viddler Inc.
Adrienne Washington, Assistant Vice-President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University

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, Senior Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Andrew Cassano, Administrative Director, Zoellner Arts Center
Julia Corwin, Executive Director of Brand Marketing, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Larry Eighmy, Founder & Managing Principal, The Stone House Group
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
Dr. Gail M. Mrowinski, Associate Dean, Community Education, Northampton Community College
Charles Patrick, Chair of Committee and Owner of Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub
Monika Samuelson, Director of Retail Partnerships and Marketing, Lehigh University
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Tom Stine, President, Viddler Inc.
Donna Taggart, President, Taggart Associates
Adrienne Washington, Assistant Vice-President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University

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.  

Karen Beck Pooley, Professor of Practice, Director of Environmental Policy Design Program at Lehigh University
Stacie Brennan, Chair of Committee and Senior Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Devyn Leonor Briggs, Resident Artist at Banana Factory
Warren Clark, Owner, Domaci
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Marketing and Housing Coordinator, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Ellen Flynn, Owner, The Art Establishment
Barbara Fraust, Public Art Chair of the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission
Hillary Harper, Senior Manager of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Darlene Heller, Director of Planning & Zoning, City of Bethlehem
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
James Jordan, Artistic Director, Touchstone Theatre
Ramona LaBarre, Managing Director, Godfrey Daniels
Diane LaBelle, Executive Director & CEO, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Hector Lopez, Supervisor, SouthSide Ambassadors
Jack Murray, Art Director, Jack Murray Design
Charles Patrick, Owner of Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub
Allie Starer, Student, Lehigh University

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.

Jeff Boerner, Director of Northampton Community College Fab Lab
Amy Burkhart, Deputy Director, Community & Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Kate Cassidy, Graphic Designer, Lehigh University
Derrick Clark, Owner, Domaci
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Marketing and Housing Coordinator, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Andrea DeJesus, Owner, A-List Salon & Spa
Jaime Shively, General Manager, Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley
Derek Wallan, Owner, Roasted

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.  

Lisa Jordan, Chair of Committee, Ensemble Member & Managing Director, Touchstone Theatre
Glenn Koehler, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, National Museum of Industrial History
Tara Nagabhyru, Co-Owner, Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Bethlehem
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation 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.

Juliana Bolivar, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Sara Bukowiec, Business Development & Retention Specialist, Community & Economic Development, City of Bethlehem
Christine Cleaver, South Bethlehem Assistance Program Director, Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University
Louis Intile, Principal, Fifth Street Capital Partners
Kristi Lutes, Financial Specialist, Stark Financial Group
Tom McCormack, Owner, American Male
Fran Molinari, Owner, Molinari’s
Cheri Molinari, Owner, Molinari’s
Pete Reinke, Vice President of Development, ALT Realty
Linda Rentscher, Chief Executive Officer of Humanitarian Social Innovations
Monika Samuelson, Chair of Committee, Director of Retail Partnerships and Marketing, Lehigh University
Asher Schiavone, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Bethlehem
Anna Smith, Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
Tom Stine, President, Viddler Inc.
Adrienne Washington, Assistant Vice-President, Community & Regional Affairs, Lehigh University

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