Help grow the Valley’s Economy

In June 2013, LVEDC retained the Atlanta-based Garner Economics, a nationally-renowned economic development and site location firm, to develop a sustainable economic development strategy and identify ways to effectively grow the Lehigh Valley economy.

The end result is “A Blueprint for Success: An Economic Development Strategy for Sustainable Growth in the Lehigh Valley.”

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This 57-page study, tempered with a careful 66-point analysis, has forged a blueprint for the region’s economic future, and serves as a road map that will help the LVEDC strengthen the region’s existing industries and assist the Lehigh Valley with getting to the next level. It will ensure the region fully leverages its many assets to create an environment where cutting-edge companies and world-class talent will want to locate, and will help LVEDC identify and market to emerging industries that are an optimal fit for the region.

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This in-depth report on the Lehigh Valley will help you understand the assets of the local region and economy for business attraction and growth.
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    This thorough report on Lehigh Valley and it’s surrounding burroughs will help you in making the important decision of relocating your business.

 

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