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Bethlehem Timeline — 2000 and Beyond

2001  Bethlehem Steel Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mayor Don Cunningham
re-elected to second term.

2003  International Steel Group buys Bethlehem Steel. Don Cunningham steps down as Mayor of Bethlehem to serve in Cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

2004  John Callahan sworn in as Bethlehem's 10th Mayor.

2005  John Callahan re-elected Mayor of Bethlehem. Former Bethlehem Mayor Don Cunningham elected Lehigh County Executive.

2006  Money magazine names Bethlehem as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the USA. City is awarded "gaming" license from the Commonwealth, allowing new development of Sands Casino complex on former Bethlehem Steel Company site.

2009  Sands Casino opens to public on former Bethlehem Steel Company site.

2010  Offiical opening of Bethlehem Skatepark, Phase 1, on South Side of City.

2011 Completion of first 1.4 miles of planned 3 mile South Bethlehem Greenway. Blue Herons, a new sculpture by Virginia Abbot, is dedicated on site, along with garden of native plants.

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