Easton Main Street Initiative
The Easton Main Street Initiative is a non-profit, volunteer driven downtown revitalization program whose mission is to encourage and promote the economic strength and vitality of Easton's central business district. These efforts focus on enhancing the quality of life in the downtown, solidifying Easton's identity as a "college town" and promoting the uniqueness of our community's history, architecture, diverse culture and riverfront location. EMSI aims to increase consumer business, build the retail, restaurant and professional services base and make downtown Easton the natural gathering place for the greater Easton community. EMSI covers a 20 square-block area bound by the Delaware River on the east, the Lehigh River to the south, the Bushkill Creek to the north and Sixth Street to the west.
Since the inception of the program in Spring 2008, thanks in large part to private contributions, the Ambassadors have provided assistance to business owners, residents and visitors by helping to improve the cleanliness and safety of the downtown. Adminstered by Block-by-Block, they work hard to make Easton a welcoming destination and improve the qualtiy of life for existing businesses and residents. They can be seen in any weather, from early morning until late at night, sprucing up, removing graffiti, providing directional assistance, planting and watering, mulching, or shoveling snow in winter. They play a crucial role in the future economic development of Easton's downtown.
Easton Farmer's Market
Established in 1752, the Easton Farmers' Market is the country's oldest continuous open-air market. The market provides fresh, high quality, local produce and food products directly from regional growers to the consumer. EFM strives to support local agriculture and preserve Northampton County's agricultural heritage, while promoting the urban-rural connection with the farmers who grow their food. Situated in Centre Square, the market contributes to the City of Easton's revitalization by transforming the downtown into a vibrant and important social gathering place. More than fourteen events and festivals are held throughout the season. The market also serves as an economic driver, offering local businesses, artisans and crafters the opportunity to vend their products. The market is open Saturdays 9am -1pm, May through November.
GEDP, in conjunction with the City of Easton, offers small grant and loan opportunites for small businesses. GEDP also works with the County of Northampton and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) to assist busineeses with financial needs for its larger projects.