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Your Guide to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Penn-Kidder, Weatherly & Panther Valley.

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Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe connects its visitors to the wonders of butterflies and more, through daily interactive film and  programs, a “Flutterarium”( live-flight butterfly room) , exotic-endangered frog room, creative space for kids, puzzles, games, activities, and a trained, caring, professional staff who delight in sharing what they are passionate about. Folks can explore the different variety of flyers with large mag. Glasses and hold nectar soaked feeding sticks to invite these beautiful creatures for an up-close non-threatening interaction with butterflies and often great photo opts. The Sanctuary is a hands-on education center situated on Route 903 above Jim Thorpe. The native Pollinator Garden offer a shaded picnic area and a chance to meet a variety of indigenous, butterflies, and other fabulous insects. For the 2017 season, BMBS is showcasing neo-tropical specials from Florida: Julias, White Peacocks, Swallowtails, and others, along with our favorite Monarchs and Painted Ladys ( the friendliest butterflies in the world ).

Open Thursday through Monday 11-5 and Tuesday and Wednesday 2-6, through August 27th.Every Friday is Grandparent Day, Monday offers Elementary school children an added treasure hunt activity with prizes, Thursdays at  9:30, a special “Waiting for Wings” activities for preschoolers. Events and programs are listed on the website calendar.  Please see the “about” page  for more information and discount page for special offers. Late Aug. and early Sept . group booking may be available. Please contact email: bearmb@ptd.net .  The Sanctuary is a family friendly place with no reservations needed during regular public hours and lots of free parking.

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Economic Growth in Carbon County

Economic Development touches everyone in one way or another.  From the clothes on your back to the food that you eat and the car that you drive, at some point, economic development had a hand in the production and transportation of those products. 

Carbon County is seeing great economic growth with new businesses setting up shop here as well as seasoned entrepreneurs discovering new ways to engage the community and local shoppers.

How do we retain our rural character and protect our pristine woodlands and streams and still be able to support and grow existing industries and businesses and in addition attract new companies who can provide other well-paying jobs for our residents?

It takes a common-sense comprehensive plan to make sure that we can protect our precious environment and agricultural areas and at the same time provide locations that make sense to develop for future residential, industrial and commercial use. 

In 2013, our County Commissioners approved the Carbon County Comprehensive Plan.  The purpose of the Plan is to assess our county's assets and address individual community's concerns; how do we build on the assets we have and address those concerns.  What do we want to change and what do we want to save, and how do we encourage the changes we want and preserve what is most valuable about our communities.

From agriculture to industry to the environment and tourism, successful economic development means we must work to efficiently steward our resources. 

Farmers and large landowners should be encouraged to belong to our Agricultural Security Areas which protect farmers from nuisance challenges to their operations and promote voluntary land preservation.  Townships should also encourage zoning provisions in agricultural areas to permit a range of accessory activities that allow farmers opportunities for supplemental income and help promote retail sales of products from their farms. 

Employers can connect with job training programs and other resources to assist them with expansion.  Development of "shovel ready" sites such as the West Plant in Palmerton should be on-going. 

Strengthen the downtowns and promote them as the business, entertainment, cultural and civic centers for the region.  Encourage the businesses to be open on weekends and later in the evenings and aggressively market to customers through joint promotions and social media.

Townships and boroughs should encourage historic preservation and greater interest in the region's history and our historic buildings.  Welcome new and expanding businesses by making sure that local regulations and permitting processes are as streamlined as is reasonable to avoid unnecessary delays and higher costs.

Successful economic development is not just accomplished by one person or entity but by partnerships between all the entities that comprise a community. Carbon Chamber and Economic Development continually works to promote our county and the businesses and organizations located here.  We're not just a Chamber of Commerce but one of Communities as well. We also provide marketing and consulting services as well as low interest loan programs and lines of credit to established businesses as well as new entrepreneurs.  Contact the office at 610-379-5000 to see how you can benefit from the many programs we offer. 

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?

The CCEDC Can Help!


Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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