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Community of Lebanon Association Strives to Build an Enhanced Quality of Life for Residents

By Elisha Neubauer

When malls began to heavily populate the American towns, the once-vibrant downtown areas started to taper off, leaving vacancies and discrepancies in the economic structure that was once the center of town. To avoid this happening in their own town, a group of downtown business owners in Lebanon, Pennsylvania decided to take matters into their own hands. It was then that the Community of Lebanon Association was born.

"Years ago, the CLA was formed by a group of downtown business owners to promote the downtown as malls were starting to crop up in the USA," explains Cheryl Batdorf, President of the Community of Lebanon Association. "Overtime, our footprint extended outside of the downtown and we serve the community in a different way." Their mission: "To serve as the leader in bringing together the collaborative strengths of our members and community to positively impact the business climate and enhance the quality of life for the Community of Lebanon."

The Association has one vision in mind: to see Lebanon become a thriving place to live, work, shop, learn, and do business. "As you can tell from our mission, we bring together the community with the businesses by holding events in the downtown, as well as provide an opportunity for our members to come together at our luncheons to network and learn about pertinent issues facing us," Batdorf tells us. "In addition, we have many non-profit and service group members that allow us the ability to collaborate and partner."

In order to ensure maximum results, the Community of Lebanon Association does not see themselves as separate from the community, rather as a partner to other organizations and collaborative. "It avoids duplication of efforts," she says. The board of the CLA is completely voluntary; showing the dedication and drive to make the mission of the organization succeed.

"We value their time and service to the CLA, while thanking each person's primary employer for allowing them to serve on our board," Batdorf affirms. "Every quarter we hold a member luncheon and we have speakers share issues facing us today." She continued, "In addition, we hold a member breakfast that is purely educational for our members. This year our topic was the Top Ten HR mistakes and was well attended."

For those looking to get involved, the CLA is always looking for fresh faces. "We always need volunteers at our events, especially those committed to a vibrant community," Batdorf exclaims. "Furthermore, we gladly accept interested people to serve on our committees."

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