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Allentown mayor to speak about downtown development in Wisconsin

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is heading west.

The mayor will travel to Racine, Wisconsin, where he is scheduled to speak before a city council there on Monday.

Pawlowski's presentation will focus heavily on downtown development.

Racine is weighing whether to construct a $40 million, 3,800 seat downtown arena with an attached hotel.

The proposed arena would be able to host a junior hockey team, drawing comparisons to Allentown's PPL Center.

The city says Pawlowski was invited to speak before city council by Racine Mayor John Dickert, "to detail how the PPL Center and attached Renaissance Hotel have impacted Allentown."

According to a recent study by a Chicago-based firm, the proposed arena in Racine could have a dramatic impact on the city's downtown business growth, sustainability and quality of life.

The PPL Center opened at 7th and Hamilton streets in September 2014, kicking off a new $1 billion investment in the city of Allentown.

The multi-million dollar arena is now home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, and hosts a number of live entertainment events throughout the year.

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