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Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.

Recent News & Updates

Signage and Wayfinding Meeting Canceled

The City’s signage and wayfinding public session scheduled for tonight, March 5, at SteelStacks has been cancelled due to the weather.

Recycling Update

The Theis/Cornfeld Recycling center will not be open Thursday 3/5/15 due to weather.  We will open at 9am Friday.

Curbside is canceled for Thursday  and will pick up Sat 3/7/15.

Mayor Donchez and Northampton County Executive John Brown Announce Text- to- 911 Service

Bethlehem’s Emergency Operations Center, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez and Northampton County Executive John Brown formally announced that the city and county have worked collaboratively to provide Text- to- 911 services enhancing emergency operations for the region.

“Joining resources and enhancing our emergency response efforts is critical to our communities,” said Brown. “Working together, this partnership will provide increased service, expand interoperability and save on costs.” 

“Public safety is one of my primary responsibilities as Mayor, “said Mayor Donchez. “Additionally, I feel that the City must continue to build relationships with community partners to further address quality of life issues within the city and region.

The City of Bethlehem and Northampton County have been proactive and forward thinking in meeting the need for the growing demographic that is reliant upon text messaging.  Text-to-9-1-1 refers to the City’s ability to further serve our residents, allowing individuals in need to send text messages to local 9-1-1 call centers during an emergency.  This service has many significant benefits to residents, especially in cases when the caller cannot communicate verbally

It is the intent of both the city and the county to promote and foster this new service within the region to better serve our communities.

Public Session For: City Wayfinding Signage Program

The City of Bethlehem has been in the process of developing a wayfinding and signage program over the last six months supported by input from stakeholders drawn from residents, community leaders, merchants and other stakeholders. The first stakeholder meeting established the mission, scope, goals and themes of the program. The design team based their concepts on ideas generated at the meeting.

This meeting will focus on gathering input from attendees on concepts developed by the design team. Ideas taken from this meeting will aid in the design development process, resulting in a more effective wayfinding program.

MARCH 5, 2015 | 6:30-8:00 PM

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
Blast Furnace Room
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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Mayor Donchez Announces Open Door Policy for 2015January 7, 2015

Mayor Bob Donchez announced today that he will continue to hold his open-door policy throughout the year of 2015, so residents of the city can meet with him one-on-one.

“It is my belief that government should be accessible, open and responsive to the concerns of its constituents.  My open door policy gives Bethlehem residents the opportunity to come in, sit down, and discuss concerns or offer suggestions about the City directly with their Mayor,” Mayor Donchez said.  “I truly believe that there are a lot of great ideas held by our residents and I want to hear them.”

The Mayor will open his door to the public on the second Monday of each month, beginning from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. The discussions will be 15 minutes in length and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open up at 9:00 a.m. and interested individuals will be asked to sign in and wait in the 2nd Floor Lobby until their allotted time. Residents may only sign-in once per month, and are invited to return each month if they wish. 

List of 2015 Open Door Dates:

January 12 July 13
February 9 August 10
March 9 September 14
April 13   October 12
May 11     November 9
June 8    December 14

The Mayor’s Office is located at 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 on the 2nd Floor of Building B.