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Mayor's Welcome Letter

Dear Friends,
Welcome to Allentown, a city in transition, a city on the move.

Allentown is Pennsylvania’s third largest city and the largest of the three cities in the Lehigh Valley.

Home of Pennsylvania’s only Neighborhood Improvement Zone, Allentown is in the midst of $1 billion in new development projects.

As Allentown maneuvers through the 21st Century, this former industrial city is moving ahead with a transformation to a modern American downtown that is home to PPL Inc., a Fortune 500 company with worldwide holdings. A blend of new and established restaurants and nightclubs provide a strong entertainment base for downtown employees and local residents.

The brand new PPL Center, an 8,500 seat minor league hockey and 10,000 seat concert venue, opened in September 2014 at Seventh & Hamilton streets. It is home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the top minor league affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.

Coca-Cola Park on the East Side hosts the Philadelphia Phillies Class AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The IronPigs boast among the top attendance figures in all of minor league baseball.

Arts and cultural activities are in abundance in the downtown, anchored by the Allentown Art Museum, Miller Symphony Hall and the Arts Park. The arts community also features Civic Theatre and MunOpCo Music Theatre. In addition, Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College offer their own arts and theater programs throughout the year.  Allen and Dieruff high schools have captured 14 Freddy Awards since 2015.  The Freddys are our regional version of the Tony Awards for high school musicals.  Some 30 schools across three counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are eligible to participate. 

Allentown’s parks enjoy worldwide recognition, and the city features one of the highest square-footage of park space per resident marks in the nation due largely to the foresight and generosity of Gen. Harry C. Trexler, the father of the park system and the Trexler Trust, which continues to provide funds to maintain this expansive park system. A century after Trexler donated land for West Park – and later Lehigh Parkway, Cedar Creek Parkway, the Allentown Municipal Golf Course, and of course, Trexler Park – his legacy remains one of Allentown’s strongest assets.  Visitors to Cedar Creek rave about our fabulous Rose Garden.

We have a broad range of year-round activities for residents, including Mayfair; Blues, Brews & Barbecue, Sportsfest, and summer band concerts in West Park. We cap the year with our Lights in the Parkway Christmas display in the world-famous Lehigh Parkway. 

As Mayor, I welcome you to our city and invite you to discover the many great things Allentown has to offer.
Ed Pawlowski, Mayor