What is DABA?

 

DABA (the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance) is a Main Street Program of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce working in support of the downtown businesses through events and marketing.

MISSION STATEMENT

 The mission of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance is to create and sustain a welcoming downtown district which promotes business and community growth.

We can all grow together and have fun along the way!

OUR INITIATIVES

The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance (DABA), formerly the Hamilton District Main Street Program, focuses on events and programming designed to engage the downtown workforce, the community at large, and visitors to downtown Allentown. Our program has been a partner in the revitalization of downtown Allentown, working alongside the business community in a collaborative private-public partnership over the past ten years.

In July 2018, we restructured to better meet the needs of the changing business environment and to focus on two main program areas:

Business Development

Working in support of downtown retailers and restaurants, DABA has introduced a range of specific events that promote commercial success, from monthly meetings and seminars to targeted workshops for different types of business needs.

Marketing, Events & Programming

Focusing on such signature events as Blues, Brews & Barbecue, Allentown Beer Fest, Restaurant Weeks, First Monday, Summer in the City lunchtime music series, Sip into Spring Cocktail Trail, Jingle Bell Cocktail Trail, Holiday Tree Lighting, New Year’s Eve celebration, and other special occasions attracts audiences from across the region to downtown Allentown, promoting our commercial and social appeal.

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DABA exists to creating economic vitality through marketing and events in support of the business community. As the lead entity creating high-caliber events in an urban setting, we work hard to make downtown Allentown an inviting and vibrant community.

What are the boundaries of the DABA?

The DABA consists of the area between 12th Street and 5th Street and Walnut, Hamilton and Linden Street. 

How is DaBa Funded?

The DABA is funded by private sector dollars and festival and event revenue. 

What is the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ)?

The NIZ is a special taxing district created by state law that is being utilized to encourage development and revitalization in center city Allentown and along the western side of the Lehigh River. This powerful economic development program has spurred more than a half-billion dollars in redevelopment activity through a unique tax incentive and financing tool.

Where can i get a map of downtown allentown?

Visit any of our downtown business for a free cop of the new Downtown Allentown Map and Guide. If you are visiting during business hours, stop by the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance/Chamber office to pick up this informative map. 

GET INVOLVED

Meet new friends and serve as an ambassador to the downtown Allentown by volunteering for special events. Want to become involved in our welcoming community?

STAFF

 

Betsy Kohl

Betsy Kohl

Main Street Manager
DABA

Betsy Kohl has been serving as the Main Street Manager for the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance Manager since 2015. She serves as the key liaison to the downtown Allentown businesses and focuses on business retention efforts and events that benefit the overall downtown community. Betsy also manages the Allentown Merchant Program (AMP) Gift Card Program and downtown events, such as the annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival and the Allentown Beer Fest.

Betsy holds a bachelor degree from Moravian College and came to The Chamber with experience in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Betsy is an animal lover and has a habit of rescuing strays. She enjoys visiting and touring historical sites and loves to shop at local small businesses.

Brittney Ciardi

Brittney Ciardi

Marketing and Events Coordinator
DABA and The Allentown Chamber of Commerce

Brittney Ciardi started as the Marketing and Events coordinator in June 2021. She has a background in graphic design, social media, and customer service. She graduated with a BFA, honors from Pratt Institute in 2016.

Brittney enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend, and her dogs. She loves to antique, thrift, and eat at local restaurants. She is also an avid artist and spends her time outside of work painting, sewing clothing, and experimenting with natural textile dyes.

BOARD MEMBERS

 

Santo Napoli, Chair
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Geoff Brace
County Commissioner & Center City Resident

Jill Brader
City Center Allentown

Maureen Campbell
ADP

Dan Diaz
City of Allentown

Capt. Glenn Granitz
Allentown Police Department

Lauryn Graves
Air Products

Virginia Haas
County of Lehigh

Miriam Huertas
Allentown Chamber of Commerce

Terri Keefe
Lehigh Carbon Community College

Ellen Kern
Office of Senator Pat Browne

Sean King
Aspire Marketing

Julie Macomb, Esq.
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

Matt Malozi
Civitas Regio

Elizabeth Martinez
Office of Rep. Peter Schweyer

Ozias A. Moore, Ph.D.
Lehigh University and Center City Resident

Erin Pietrulewicz
ESSA Bank

Ron Young
PennDOT

AMP GIFT CARD

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