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2.16.12

Cunningham delivers 2012 State of the County Address

2.2.12

Cunningham Vetos Countywide Reassessment (PDF)

8.31.11

2012 Budget Address Press Release (PDF)

8.31.11

2012 Budget Address

2.17.10

Text of Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham's 2010 State of County Address

1.4.10

Lehigh County Executive Cunningham Sworn In for Second Term

1.4.10

Lehigh County Executive Cunningham's Oath of Office Address

10.30.09

The Morning Call

Lehigh commissioners approve budget with no tax increase on a split 5-4 vote

10.28.09

WFMZ

Ground Broken On County's First Green Government Building

10.22.09

The Morning Call

New plant to employ 53 in Upper Macungie

10.19.09

The Express Times

Lehigh County officials to celebrate start of construction of green building at Trexler Nature Preserve

10.13.09

County Awards Grant for Regional Fire Training Facility

10.07.09

Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham Receives Planning Award

10.05.09

Business Wire

CODY Systems and Lehigh County, PA Named Finalist in Government Security News’ Homeland Security Awards

09.28.09

Lehigh County Awards Safe Streets Grants

09.09.09

PennEnvironment

Stronger Energy Efficiency Policies in Energy & Climate Bill Would Save PA Families $269 per Year, Create 27,200 Jobs

09.03.09

Allentown Fiscal

Responsiblity Examiner

Profile of Don Cunningham

08.31.09

2010 Budget Address (Full Text)

08.23.09

The Express Times

Bethlehem and Northampton and Lehigh counties plan energy conservation projects with stimulus money

08.06.09

The Express Times

Lehigh County awards $226,000 to Fountain Hill for Stanley Avenue recreation area

07.09.09

Lehigh County to Continue Repairing Bridges and Preserving Open Space and Farmland

07.02.09
The Morning Call
The Lehigh Valley's Best Mayor in Recent History? Don Cunningham Tops the List

04.09.08
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Most local counties saw
wages go up

10.5.07
York Daily Record
County Dems Host Fall Dinner

9.19.07
The Express-Times
Cunningham raising money with eye on governor's office.

 

 

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Vision 2010:
Don Cunningham's 10 Point Plan for Lehigh County

  • Convene Vision 2010 Countywide Planning Summit with our local government and business officials.
  • Coordinate road, bridge and transportation planning to promote growth, revitalize cities, enhance downtowns and preserve greenfields and open space.
  • Institute a County Main Street/Elm Street program and assign a coordinator to channel state and federal grants to improve and stabilize neighborhoods and downtowns.
  • Create a high-level position in the executive office to focus on Inter-Municipal planning and Shared Services to help communities define opportunities for sharing services, reducing costs and creating efficiencies.
  • Encourage the use of Council of Governments, which can adopt multi-municipal plans for city and township services.
  • Create Development Zones in conjunction with state and municipal efforts that will aide developers and encourage economic investment in key commercial districts.
  • Provide a voluntary "Smart Growth Template" that local governments could adopt within their planning and zoning codes to promote smart growth and open space preservation.
  • Promote implementation of a "Conservation Overlay" in conjunction with municipalities along South Mountain to protect our mountainside and Lehigh River valley.
  • Create a Greenway Belt along the Jordan Creek to connect the Allentown Park system with the Trexler Game Preserve.
  • Work to make Route 22 safer and more efficient while also making mass transportation options part of the Lehigh Valley's long-term planning.

MORE ON THE ISSUES

1. Restore Fiscal Responsibility

  • End deficit Spending
  • Don't balance budgets with cash reserves and borrowed money
  • Hold Discretionary spending increases to no more then the rate of inflation
  • Institute County's first Five Year Fiscal Plan
  • Drive a Quality Management program to improve business practices, reduce waste and create efficiency instead of just cutting employees 

2. Put Basic Needs First

  • Capital Spending to focus first on bridges, roads, prisons, and nursing homes and not on government office buildings and zoos.
  • Invest capital dollars in regionalizing and upgrading crime fighting efforts and coordination among county public safety departments.

3. Economic and Community
     Development

  • Capital Spending to focus first on bridges, roads, prisons, and nursing homes and not on government office buildings and zoos.
  • Invest capital dollars in regionalizing and upgrading crime fighting efforts and coordination among county public safety departments.

4. Vision 2010: Regionalization,
      Land Use and Planning for
      Future

  • Lead a Joint business/government effort to implement practical, regional plans that save money create efficiency and improve service but don't erase political boundaries *Stop the selling of county-owned government land for commercial development
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