“As we enter this holiday season, I hope everyone appreciates what they have in their lives. Here in Allentown, we have done remarkable work in revitalizing our downtown. We saw the Eagles open the PPL Arena and the first puck drop for our new hockey team, the Philadelphia Phantoms. I have called this version of our City “Allentown 4.0,” and this is just the beginning. I’d like to thank every single person who helped plan, design, and build all the new structures downtown, and the residents and small business owners who believed in our vision and who put up with all the distractions during construction.
We have made tremendous progress this year, but this is just the beginning. Next year will see the opening of our new downtown Marriott Renaissance Hotel, the opening of the American Parkway Bridge, and the start of construction along our waterfront. The prospect of a great 2015 is shining bright like a beacon drawing people back to Allentown once again to live, work and play. Next year will also be a prosperous one for our Commonwealth, with Governor Tom Wolf taking the reigns and leading our state back on the road to prosperity.
During this holiday season, let’s remember those less fortunate who need shelter, food, clothing, and toys for their children. Please remember that this is the season of giving, and your kindness could mean all the difference to someone in need.
I wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season and the happiest of new years, from my family to yours. “