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Quotes from Leaders in Support of Proposed Da Vinci Science City

Da Vinci Science City

“The Da Vinci Science Center is a leader in helping children throughout the Lehigh Valley learn and gain exposure to science. This new expansion will take the Da Vinci Science Center to the next level and deepen the knowledge that the region’s children are able to gain in the sciences. A visit to Da Vinci can spark a lifetime passion for a young child and set them on a path for success. The Lehigh Valley and our entire state will benefit from the work that takes place in this expanded facility.”

United States Senator Robert Casey
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

“I am optimistic about the City of Easton’s partnership with the Da Vinci Science Center. As Congressman, I will do what I can to support their efforts. This project has the potential to not only raise Easton’s profile, but also to generate job growth in related businesses and industries.”

United States Representative Matt Cartwright
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 17th District

“Few things are more important to our nation’s future than cultivating a broad-based interest in, and enthusiasm for, science, and the Da Vinci Science Center does a marvelous job of introducing our young people to the STEM fields in ways that spur their inquisitiveness and creativity. The Center already is a Lehigh Valley treasure. Bringing Da Vinci Science City to Easton would be a terrific next step in our city’s artistic, cultural and educational renaissance.”

Alison R. Byerly, Ph.D.
President, Lafayette College

“We want to see Easton thrive and are committed to the city as demonstrated in our support of the West Ward and our involvement in downtown at the State Theatre and with GEDP programs including the Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Public Market, and the Main Street Initiative. Imagine a city, already blessed with the Crayola Experience, offering even more youth-oriented activities like the proposed Da Vinci Science City. The future looks bright. We are excited to witness all that Da Vinci Science City will bring, filling the city with engaged children, active families, and amazing discoveries.”

John Zidansek
CEO, Easton Hospital

“The Chamber believes there’s nothing more important than vibrant urban cores. Mayor Panto and his staff have been relentless in the pursuit of their goal of a more vibrant downtown. This incredible cultural addition will add foot traffic and a quality of life component that cities dream of. Hats off to Mayor Panto and the very bright future for the City of Easton.”

Tony Iannelli
President and CEO, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

“This is a transformational project for the City of Easton and for the Lehigh Valley. Easton is perfectly situated to be the home of this venue but its benefit will extend to the entire Lehigh Valley and beyond. Much like Coca-Cola Park and the PPL Center, the Da Vinci Science City project in Easton will enhance the quality of life and economic attractiveness of the Lehigh Valley and will continue to make us a destination for visitors, residents, and employers.”

Don Cunningham
President and CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

“We are looking forward to the expansion of the Da Vinci Science Center into Easton. An expansion of the
Da Vinci Science Center of the scope and scale being proposed for Easton is transformative. It will be a high quality offering, provide a unique experience, draw from a large geographic footprint, and will bring significant numbers of people and revenue to Easton. Pairing Da Vinci Science City with The CRAYOLA Experience® will make Easton a stronger visitor destination and provides the opportunity for longer stays by families in the area. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Michael Stershic
President, Discover Lehigh Valley

“Victaulic is very pleased to see further investments in Easton, enhancing the attractiveness of the community in which many of our employees work and live. We thank those who have worked so hard to improve the quality of life in greater Easton and specifically the resurgence downtown.”

John Malloy
Chairman, President, and CEO, The Victaulic Company

“Easton is a brilliant strategic location for the Da Vinci Science Center, city, and the region. The opportunity to expand a well-known, exceptional quality, tourist attraction in a key Lehigh Valley urban center, improve the economic activity of a currently undervalued property, and leverage the millions of dollars in building and infrastructure investment by the city and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission cannot be understated. Easton has a central role as a premier tourism destination for families, as well, and adding a science-based attraction will continue to build on a long-established base of activity here. The restaurants, shops, parking, and recreational amenities of Downtown Easton support the audience and operations of the Da Vinci Science City. Plus, the potential location of the facility near the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers offers environmental innovation opportunities critical to the education of the next generation of global citizens as we enter into a new era focused on sustainability and resiliency. As the region’s eastern gateway, Easton draws from New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and the Poconos, along with the Lehigh Valley itself, providing greater access to visitors than other locations.”

Becky Bradley
Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

“This is truly exciting news! Since its opening 24 years ago, the Easton Area School District has valued all of the outstanding educational opportunities that the Da Vinci Science Center has provided for residents of the Lehigh Valley and visitors to the region. We have partnered with the Center in many ways throughout this time. We are thrilled to think that the Da Vinci Science Center could be expanding to our neighborhood with even more quality programs and facilities for our students and their families to enjoy. In addition, this is a huge economic opportunity for the community. We will offer all of our resources to the Center and to the City of Easton to help make this great project a reality.”

John F. Reinhart
Superintendent, Easton Area School District

“As a former board member of the Da Vinci Science Center, it has been incredibly satisfying watching the growth of the organization and how it has exposed so many kids to the sciences in fun and creative ways. This exciting project to locate an additional science center and aquarium in Easton will further establish the Lehigh Valley as a destination for STEM education and help inspire young students from eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey to pursue exciting and growing job opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, and other technology sectors.”

Steve Follett
CEO/President, Follett Corporation

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