Jeff Parks, founder and former President of ArtsQuest and Musikfest, discusses his recently published book, 'Stronger Than Steel: Forging a Rust Belt Renaissance', with host Sally Handlon.
Long before the final pour at Bethlehem Steel in November 1995, civic minded business leaders in the 1950s were envisioning a community without its manufacturers and largest employer. By 1983, a new generation of civic-minded business leaders pondered a similar concern as it became more evident that the US steel industry was in decline. This is when Bethlehem native Jeff Parks proposed and launched Musikfest and the Bethlehem Musikfest Association (which changed its name to ArtsQuest in 2000).
(Original air-date: 9/20/2018)