Emerging Success

The Lehigh Valley’s infrastructure is second to none. Located within one day’s drive of one-third of all U.S. consumers, and half of all Canadian consumers, the Lehigh Valley is 30 to 90 minutes away from three international airports and carries a Foreign Trade Zone status.

The Lehigh Valley’s location and convenient transportation network are among the economic assets that sets this region apart.

The region enjoys quick access to three major interstates – I-78 (East/West), I-80 (East/West) and the Pennsylvania  Turnpike’s Northeast Extension (North/South) – as well as easy access to the ports of Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, and light commuter traffic to our downtowns and industrial parks.

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Many Fortune 500 companies have established distribution centers and manufacturing facilities in our region, including Coca-Cola, Air Products, PPL, B. Braun, Ocean Spray, Samuel Adams, Nestle, and Olympus. Each has taken advantage of the Lehigh Valley’s location and extensive infrastructure network, which has emerged over the past 20 years and continues to grow.

Highways

  • I-78 (East/West)
  • PA Turnpike NE Extension (North/South)
  • I-80 (East/West)
  • U.S. Route 22 (East/West)
  • PA Route 309 (North/South)
  • PA Route 33 (North/South)

Public Transportation

Lehigh and Northampton Public Transportation Authority (LANTA) operates the LANTA bus system, a network of 23 fixed-bus routes and 10 special routes throughout the Lehigh Valley, providing daily, later evening, Saturday and Sunday services. Currently more than 5.6 million rides are taken on public transit in the Lehigh Valley annually.

Rail

  • Class 1 – Norfolk Southern Rail
  • Class 1 – Canadian Pacific
  • Intermodal Terminal

Lehigh Valley Rail Management, LLC operates an intermodal terminal in Bethlehem, Pa.. The terminal consists of two adjacent areas for handling conventional intermodal (TOFC/COFC) and Triple Crown Services (Roadrailer equipment) with a total of more than 4.6 miles of track. There is 9,000 feet of track for conventional intermodal and more than 14,000 feet for Triple Crown Services loading and unloading. The terminal has 1,200 trailer parking spaces with gate facilities and a truck scale. The terminal is located less than one mile off Exit 67 of Interstate 78, and handles multiple inbound and outbound trains, seven days a week, with a capacity  in excess of 120,000 lifts annually.

Water / Ports

  • Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal (NJ/NY) – 90 minutes
  • Port of Philadelphia – 75 minutes
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Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

  • Industry Spotlight

    13.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Professional & Business Services
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $39.1 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product
    2016

  • Investor Spotlight
    City Center Lehigh Valley
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $3.44 Billion

    Exports
    2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Air Products
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,504 Total Office Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    $57,510

    Median Household Income

  • Investor Spotlight
    PPL Electric Utilities
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,770 Total Industrial Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    24,400

    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

  • Investor Spotlight
    National Penn
  • Industry Spotlight

    5.0% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    658,477

    Population

  • Investor Spotlight
    Olympus
  • Industry Spotlight

    7.7% Office
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    342,493

    Labor Force

  • Investor Spotlight
    Lutron Electronics
  • Industry Spotlight

    17.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Health Care & Social Assistance

  • By the Numbers
    5,073

    Technology Patents from 2000-2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Mack Trucks
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.1% Increase in exports
    Among top 20 markets nationally in export growth

  • By the Numbers
    25.8 Million

    Total Office Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    UGI
  • Industry Spotlight

    10.1% Industrial rent growth
    Second highest in the U.S.

  • By the Numbers
    115.5 Million

    Total Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    NFI