***Congratulations to Emmaus!***
This Lehigh County borough was twice voted in the top 100 places to live in the country by Money Magazine! Once in 2007 and again in 2009.
The Emmaus Main Street Partners (EMSP) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in 1995 with the purpose of preserving and revitalizing the historic downtown district of Emmaus. Since then, the scope of the program’s reach has grown to include the entire Borough of Emmaus. The EMSP is a member supported organization serving over 600 businesses and 12,000 residents of Emmaus.
In late 2012, the Emmaus Main Street Partners entered into partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to support the economic vitality of the Emmaus community. The partnership provides greater reach and great strength for both organizations and provides the Emmaus and Lehigh Valley communities greater opportunities and benefits.
Emmaus is rich in character, culture and history. The EMSP works hard to maintain these qualities while promoting economic stability. Working with several community groups and the Borough of Emmaus, the EMSP assists in the research and study of local issues, the development of effective plans and goals, and the implementation of action items necessary for a healthy economic, residential and business environment.
The EMSP is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors. The board consists of an Executive Committee, an Organization Committee, a Design Committee, a Promotions Committee, an Economic Development Committee and 15 sub-committees. Sub-committees may also include board members.
Highlights of the EMSP –
Community events -Ice Bar at SnowBlast Winter Festival (a program of the Emmaus Arts Commission), Bingo, Clam Bake, Golf Tournament, Farewell Summer Festival, Beer Fest, and Old Fashioned Christmas;
Quarterly Merchant Mixers – opportunity for local merchants to meet in a more relaxed social environment and discuss topics such as cooperative advertising, parking issues, traffic or lighting concerns, ideas for future events, and more;
- Borough-wide Marketing Campaign - to promote Emmaus in the valley and to entice visitors to shop, dine and explore Emmaus;
A Façade Improvement Project – making funds available to qualifying businesses to help underwrite the costs of renovating the exterior facades of their buildings;
A Business Development Project – working with several funding and supporting sources to assist with business development and expansion and to address the subsequent issue of parking;
A Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program- working with the Stateof PA and local private investors to acquire and renovate under-utilized properties/buildings;
The Emmaus Community Guide - a bi-annual publication filled with information on shopping, dining, exploring, borough official contact information; school district information; parks & recreation; community clubs/organizations and activities;
Emma the Emmaus Triangle Community Quilt – a life-size mule decorated in red-white-blue triangles (representing the center of town) with names of residents and businesses ‘quilted’ in each triangle;
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – the EMSP hosts grand openings and ribbon cuttin ceremonies for new businesses and arranges press coverage;
Business Recruiting and Development – the EMSP maintains a list of available properties and actively works with and seeks people interested in moving into Emmaus or expanding their business;
The Emmaus Heritage Alliance Signage Project – the EMSP, as a member of the Emmaus Heritage Alliance, collaborated on a signage project which helps identify Emmaus historic sites and provides direction, printed information and wayside signage for each location.