Tony Iannelli, president and CEO of the chamber, told council it now has 18 different partnerships across the Lehigh Valley. “We are very bottom up,” he said. “We don’t set the agenda. The community will set the agenda. We just do the best we can to support it.”

Zayaitz expects the chamber also will help with economic development.

Iannelli joked: We’re trying to change the universe with very little money. There’s nothing to it.”

“We want every main street in this valley to be as successful and prosperous as possible,” said Iannelli. “We will do the best we can to work as partners to make Emmaus the best it can possibly be. You’ve got a great downtown. It has a tremendous amount of potential. We’re just hoping we can add something to it.”

He added that includes fewer vacancies in stores and other businesses throughout Emmaus.

Zayaitz said his organization want to build its membership, stressing any businesses that join Main Street Partners now also will become members of the Chamber of Commerce.