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.

Download Site Selector Report on Lehigh Valley

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

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9.1% of Labor Force
Employed in Professional, Technical, Financial & Business Services
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$39.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product
2016

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.5% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$3.44 Billion

Exports
2015

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Air Products
By the Numbers
$59,989

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
24,246

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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National Penn
By the Numbers
659,312

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
344,623

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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33% of Labor Force
Employed in Health Care, Social Assistance & Education

By the Numbers
4,399

Technology Patents from 2000-2015

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Mack Trucks
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10.7% of Labor Force
Employed in Accomodation, Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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UGI
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NFI
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15% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA
2015-2016 academic year

By the Numbers
$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

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BB&T
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68th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

By the Numbers
$7.98 Billion

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Contribution to GDP
2016

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Seedcopa
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9,747 degrees awarded by colleges and universities
2014-2015 academic year

By the Numbers
$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
Contribution to GDP
2016

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Fuling
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80,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

By the Numbers
21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34

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