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By: Tracie Spence, LINC Business Support Administrator

I have moved nine times and have lived in three different states and three different countries. For the past ten years, the town of Center Valley, which is located in the southern part of Lehigh County, has been my “home”.  I really love living in the Lehigh Valley and appreciate the opportunities to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

My neighborhood and community are two of the biggest reasons I love living in the Valley. After moving here in 2007, I immediately became involved in my son’s school and sporting activities. I volunteered as a member of the PTO and as room mother and ran the snack stand for the local Little League. 

The movers had barely unpacked the last box before I started to engage with my neighbors. I was unaccustomed but pleasantly surprised when a dozen or so neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves, bring food and welcome me to the neighborhood.
The people I met through school, sports and our neighborhood were the reason I acclimated to the valley so seamlessly. But, working in the valley allowed me to meet an entirely different group of people who enriched my life even further.
If I could give advice to anyone thinking about moving to the Valley, I would suggest to:
• Get involved. Whether it’s with your church, school or sports, this is one of the best ways to make your new home feel like home.
• Find a neighborhood with people who have moved to the Lehigh Valley from other areas. Simply having the experience of moving provides a common ground.
• Take advantage of all the Lehigh Valley has to offer. There many great restaurants, festivals and sporting activities in the area.
• Travel outside of the Valley. We are within an hour of two major cities – Philadelphia and New York – and within two hours of the nearest beach. 
• Take advantage of the scenery and outdoor activities. There are several ski resorts within an hour of the valley and many local rail trails provide opportunities to walk, bike and run.
• Work outside of the home. Get to know the leaders in your community. 
• Volunteer. Find something you are passionate about and get involved.

And, finally, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. You never know who you’ll meet or what you will experience.

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