Forks Township Seeks Identity

Discussion at business roundtable meeting focuses on Forks' future.

It doesn't have the tourism attraction of Easton. And it's missing the retail draw of Palmer and Lower Nazareth townships.

But what Forks Township lacks more than anything is an identity.

That theme came out during the second Forks Township business roundtable Tuesday morning at the Forks Community Center, a meeting attended by about a dozen business leaders and numerous township officials.

"Forks Township has a unique opportunity. We are a developing township," said Brian Lokitis, former president of the Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township. Ron Roth, who ran the roundtable, replaced him.

"What are we? What do we want to be?" Lokitis asked. "How do we go about branding ourselves to bring a unique retail type experience here?"

Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said that Forks Township was the third-fastest growing municipality in the Lehigh Valley between 2000 and 2010. Forks Township has 15,000 residents now.

"We never really had a sense of community," Chuss said. "But I think that's starting to change."

Chuss said that Forks Township needs to build a sense of community and work on its identity.

"We have so much potential," he said. "We are moving forward. We have to keep the momentum going."

Lokitis said that potential starts with taking time to take the right steps.

"We don't have an identity yet," he said. "We're a blank canvas."

Rasterone October 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sure Forks has an identity --it is one of the major revenue sources for the EASD and it puts more in the tax pot per capita than do some other Area participants? It doesn't hand out LERTA and KOZ tax holidays for investors etc . It picks up the tax slack when others do. Its nice to have !
V.P. October 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Forks does have an identity.....it is called desperate housewives and the kids they are trying to live through.
Rob Leiser October 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
The $350,000.00 experiment to build a Community is falling down after one season. We were sold on the idea that if we built a Band Shell we would all spend our Sundays in the Hot Sun listening to the Community Band. Now this group of Bankers and Lawyers gathered around a table again looking at outdated ideas to build something they can‘t describe. The Residents of Forks Township didn’t grow up in the Lehigh Valley; for the most part they don’t work or shop here. When a new House is occupied the first thing that happens is the new resident buys a Big Screen TV and a Fence. Dose Palmer or Williams Township have a close knit community that the Forks Township Supervisors are trying to buy? No. Is this lack of close knit community a problem? Not at all, the 1890’s are over. There are so many other opportunities. If our ancestors had Jet Ski’s, Mountain Bikes, and access to Professional Sports the 1890’s Band Shells would have never been built. The Supervisors and there Friends need to spend more time figuring out how to pay for these experiment gone wrong.
Loretta S March 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
This is very sad. When we first moved here, Forks had an identity - it was a farming community, and there was a sense of community and pride. As the farms disappeared and the developments went up, that community was lost. Now, they're trying to manufacture one.


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