Entrepreneurs and companies inside AEDC’s business incubator attempt to predict snow totals before forecasted storm.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. —February 18, 2021 — 35 tenants inside Allentown Economic Development Corporation’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center took part in a contest to guess the snow accumulation from the forecasted storm for Thursday, February 18th into Friday, February 19th. Individual Snow estimates range from 0.625” to 8.5”, with a collective prize package for the owner of the closest estimate. The cumulative prize package contains over 10 products from the manufacturers and companies within the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center including a bottle of mead from The Colony Meadery, a therapy session from The Consulting Firm, two bottles of kombucha from High Point Kombucha, a bottle of wine from Binah Winery, a custom size cutting board from JH Plastics, snacks from AEDC, microfiber cloths from MTS Design & Manufacture, beer from Hijinx Brewing Company, an LED flashlight from LightLab International, winner’s selection of any bottle of liquor from County Seat Spirits, and more.
What began as a standard email communication between AEDC staff and Bridgeworks building tenants, turned into an amusing exchange and an opportunity to look forward to the impending snowstorm. AEDC Program Manager David Dunn notified approximately 50 tenants about the organization’s snow removal plan for the upcoming storm, noting the projected 5-9” of snow. Tenants were informed that they may be required to move their cars, in order for the facilities team to plow the parking lot and/or along Harrison Street, where many tenants park their cars.
A spirited email chain followed, with company owners offering “prizes” from their own manufactured product lines or services for whoever could guess the most accurate snow accumulation in advance. Dunn quickly followed up with official “rules” for the contest, requiring that all entries be submitted by 6pm on Wednesday, February 17th. Estimates must be within 1/8 of an inch. Official measuring of snow accumulation is scheduled to take place at 3pm on Thursday, February 18th, by AEDC staff, in front of the AEDC office. Measurement will be conducted by a measurement device created by AEDC’s facilities team, affectionately referred to as the “official measurement thingy”.
“We work in a building full of entrepreneurs. It’s fitting that they would find a way to get creative and make light of the weather forecast. It was their idea to contribute their own items or services and participate in a contest. We see our incubation clients and tenants working hard all the time; it’s refreshing to also get to see them having fun”, says Program Manager David Dunn.
Entries are only being accepted from tenants and companies within the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. AEDC staff is not eligible to enter or win prizes- although they would like to try! The official winner will be able to collect their goodies on Friday, February 19th – weather permitting!
About Allentown Economic Development Corporation
Allentown Economic Development Corporation is an independent nonprofit organization, founded in 1979, whose mission is to improve vacant and underutilized properties within the City of Allentown by assisting manufacturers, business owners, and entrepreneurs in obtaining the resources and opportunities they require for success. AEDC is committed to advancing the economic vitality of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley through its three core initiatives; Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, Urban Made and Urban Sites, programs focused on helping businesses grow, receive the support they need, and find a home in Allentown. For more information, please visit http://allentownedc.com/.
The Bridgeworks Enterprise Center is an incubation center dedicated primarily to manufacturing startups. Founded in the refurbished Mack Trucks Plant 4A in 1989, the Center has helped launch more than 60 companies in Allentown that have created more than 600 jobs. Currently, the Center is home to 11 incubation clients, multiple flex office tenants and coworking users.
Information Provided By:
Erin M. Hudson
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Allentown Economic Development Corp.