LVEDC Board Members:
  • Jane Long

    Jane P. Long is Chair of the Corporate, Business and Banking Group and is also a Shareholder at Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. She has a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Her area of practice includes commercial real estate, financing, leasing, business entity formation and organization, business acquisitions and sales, and contracts. She also serves as the Chair of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

  • Dan McCarthy serves as secretary of the Lehigh Valley Partnership, a public private organization made up of Lehigh Valley’s largest employers. Dan previously served as vice president of corporate communications and community affairs with the PPL Corporation. With more than 35 years of experience in public relations and journalism, McCarthy’s responsibilities at PPL include public relations, community affairs, corporate philanthropy, financial communications and employee communications. A political science graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, McCarthy also has experience as a consultant for a leading East Coast media relations firm, and serves on the executive committee of the Lehigh Valley Partnership. 

  • Edward Dougherty is Chief Business Development Officer with Lehigh Valley Health Network. Before that, he was Marketing Director for a strategic consulting and primary research firm serving hospitals, media companies and the NASDAQ stock market. Dougherty serves on ArtsQuest’s Board and the Board of Secure Healthcare Information Management.

  • Patricia Johnson is the vice president for finance and administration at Lehigh University. She previously spent 19 years at Cornell University, where she served as associate vice president of finance and treasurer. Johnson has an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia, and served as investment officer for the University of Dayton before joining Cornell. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ben Franklin Technology Center, Manufacturers Resource Center and Centennial School.

  • Don Cunningham is President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. A 22-year public servant, Cunningham served as Lehigh County Executive and for two terms as Bethlehem Mayor. He also served as Cabinet Secretary in Pennsylvania and as the director of media and marketing operations at Moravian College and Corporate Communications at PPL. Read Don Cunningham’s full bio.

  • Anne Baum is Lehigh Valley Executive and VP, Distribution Channels & Labor Relations for Capital BlueCross, the leading health insurer in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In this capacity, she is the senior leader in the Capital BlueCross Lehigh Valley office. She has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, health insurance, consulting and leadership/culture development.

  • Donald M. Bernhard is secretary of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation as well as Executive Director at Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative. Before that, he served as Director of Community Affairs with PPL Corp for 19 years. He is the former chairman of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and serves as secretary and a 32-year board member of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation and is Chair of the Allentown Public Library Board.

  • Northampton County Executive John Brown will deliver his "State of the County" address.

    Most recently, Northampton County Executive John Brown served as the mayor of Bangor. In that position, Brown oversaw a budget of about $3 million. Prior to his four-year term as mayor, Brown worked for 30 years leading multiple businesses both domestically and globally.

  • Luke R. Cunningham is President of West Side Hammer Electric. He also serves as President of NECA Penn-Del Jersey Chapter and is a member of the Bethlehem Area School District Authority, Lehigh Valley Work Force Investment Board, Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Skills USA, Bethlehem Rotary, City of Bethlehem Electrical Board, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, and City of Bethlehem Service Board of Engineers and Electricians.

  • Mayor Robert “Bob” Donchez is the mayor of the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a retired educator who taught American Government for 35 years at William Allen High School in the Allentown School District. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Representative Daniel T. McNeill and Chief of Staff to Representative Joseph Brennan.

  • Gregory N. Dudkin is president of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, the subsidiary that provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania. PPL Electric Utilities operates and maintains a vast electric delivery system that spans 10,000 square miles and serves a population of more than 3 million. Dudkin oversees the largest capital program in the utility’s history with investments of about $5 billion over the next five years, including major transmission expansion, local reliability improvements and increased deployment of advanced technology.

  • Dr. Mark Erickson became the fourth president of Northampton Community College on July 1, 2012. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University where was dean of students from 1990-1999; associate vice president and executive assistant to the president from 1999-2001; and vice president for administrative and government affairs from 2001-2005. He previously served as Secretary on the Executive Committee of LVEDC’s Board of Directors.

  • Joel D. Fagerstrom is Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer with St. Luke’s University Health Network. Before that, he was the President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  • Cindy Feinberg is the co-founder of Feinberg Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in commercial and industrial brokerage, investment sales, development counseling, government relations, real estate law, closings and title insurance. She previously served as the Lehigh County Director of Community and Economic Development, where she was responsible for regional partnerships, government relations, urban revitalization, job creation and grants. She is a founding member of Crew Network Lehigh Valley and chairs the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority.

  • Lauren Goff is the executive director of corporate social responsibility for the Olympus Corporation of the Americas. She has been with Olympus since 2008, previously working as a staff attorney and director of the compliance department. A graduate of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Goff previously spent four years at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office before becoming an associate with Lehigh Valley law firms Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., and White and Williams LLP.

  • Dr. Grigsby was recently named the 16th President of Moravian College. A 1990 graduate of Moravian College, Grigsby formerly served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia’s Shenandoah University.

  • Kassie Hilgert is President and CEO of ArtsQuest, one of the largest nonprofit arts organizations in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1984, ArtsOuest is dedicated to providing unparalleled access to the arts, as well as us·1ng arts and culture as key tools for economic development in the region. Each year, it presents over 2,200 concerts, art and educational programs, with 65 percent of this programming available to the community for free.

  • Andrew Hines is Director of Facilities at Lutron Electronics. and is responsible for Lutron’s global facilities, real estate, energy, construction and security management.

  • Silvia Hoffman is a Pennsylvania Registered architect, President and a founding partner of MKSD architects. She is also a LEED accredited professional with 20 years of experience designing buildings throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Silvia’s progressive leadership skills and her ability to design innovative projects that embody the missions of her clients are critical to the success of MKSD architects. Not one willing to accept status quo, she is constantly looking for innovative ways to move the practice forward in the profession of architecture and to better meet the needs of the clients.

  • Tony Iannelli is President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce – an organization with nearly 5,000 members. Iannelli currently serves on the board of directors of the American Chambers of Commerce Executives and is Chairman of the Board for the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.

  • Mark P. Jobes is Senior Vice President, Commercial Loans for Lafayette Ambassador Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking field and is also the bank’s International liaison. Jobes serves on the board of directors of ArtsQuest, Northampton County New Jobs Corporation, Bethlehem Historic District Association and the Bethlehem Authority.

  • Stephen C. Kalamar III is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with TD Bank. He entered into the banking field in 1987 and his professional interests lay in manufacturing, higher education, municipal and not-for-profits. He currently serves as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

  • Gary Kinsey has held various positions within the Air Products organization with increasing levels of responsibility over the past 35 years. Kinsey is currently responsible for managing the real estate and property management activities associated with Air Products’ industrial gas production facilities and product transportation pipelines.

  • Eric Luftig serves as the Vice President of Marketing Corporate Communications, Training & Construction Piping for Victaulic, the global leader in mechanical pipe-joining and fluid management system solutions for the commercial and industrial construction markets based in Easton, PA. In this capacity, Eric is responsible for leading an international team that develops and delivers customer-centric marketing solutions, supporting Victaulic’s growth worldwide. Prior to joining Victaulic, Eric worked for Nordson Corporation and General Electric in operations and commercial leadership roles, allowing him the opportunity to live and work in China in addition to a variety of other locations.

  • Tom Muller is the current County Executive for Lehigh County. Muller formerly served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Crayola. After a successful 40-year career in private sector business management and sales, Tom moved into the public sector as Lehigh County’s Director of Administration, a position he held for seven years until becoming Executive.

  • John L. Nespoli is President and CEO of Sacred Heart HealthCare System. He has more than 25 years experience as a senior leader in the health care field. Nespoli is committed to the revitalization of downtown Allentown. Through the Heart of the City initiative, Nespoli has ensured the hospital remains an economic engine committed Allentown’s sustainable growth.

  • Brad was elected to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in 2012, served as Chairman in his first year on the board and elected Chairman again in 2015. Brad now serves as Commissioner on the Board.

    Brad served on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners from 2005-2012, during which time he served as president of the Board for three years. He is past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Engineering Council, past Chair of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and graduate of the Lehigh University Manufacturing Leadership Institute.


  • Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. has led a more than $400 million economic development program in the City of Easton. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League and is also a member of the National League of Cities Environmental Steering Committee, the US Conference of Mayors and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors. Additionally, he and his father operated Sal’s Meat Market for 28 years.

  • Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski took office in 2006. He began his career in ministry, was a community organizer in Chicago’s southwest side, and served as the former Director of Community and Economic Development for Allentown. He also sits on boards of the Allentown Housing Authority, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Allentown Economic Development Corporation and Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

  • JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) hired Philip Schenkel as a vice president early in 2014. Based in the firm’s King of Prussia office, Schenkel was tasked with tenant representation and agency leasing. Before the move, Schenkel spent six years with CBRE where he was responsible for marketing office properties in the Lehigh Valley and Central and Northeast Pennsylvania.

  • Stu is the Chief Actuary for Guardian’s Group & Worksite Markets business unit.  He has been with Guardian since 1992 and has been involved in a wide range of activities in the Group Insurance business, including strategic planning, market intelligence, liability valuations, product pricing, product development, dental network management, worksite marketing, regulatory compliance, sales compensation and business development.  Stu has nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience, and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

  • Michael Stershic is the President of Discover Lehigh Valley. Stershic serves as vice-chairman for Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, and is a member of the board of directors for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. He is also a member of the executive committees of PA Association for Travel and Tourism, PA Restaurant and Lodging Association, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley Chapter of PA Restaurant Association, and the Renew Lehigh Valley Leadership Council.

  • Scott Unger has been the Executive Director of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation since 2008 and is a registered Landscape Architect. Unger is also a member of the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board. He previously was president of the Old Allentown Preservation Association and the Alliance for Building Communities Board of Directors.

  • Seth Vaughn is the current Vice President of Northampton County Council. Vaughn has served on Northampton County Council since 2013, and also works as a physician assistant in the emergency department at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

  • Barry Wentzel currently serves as Director, East Region for UGI Utilities, Inc. He has been with UGI Utilities in various capacities for the past 27 years. Wentzel’s office at UGI Utilities oversees growth for new residential, commercial, and industrial conversion and new construction customers added to the UGI distribution system.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

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    14.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Professional & Business Services
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $37 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product

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    City Center Lehigh Valley
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    10.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $4.3 Billion

    Exports (2015)

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    Air Products
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    1325 Total Office Buildings

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    Median Household Income

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    PPL Electric Utilities
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    1707 Total Industrial Buildings

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    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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    National Penn
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    4.8% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate

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    8.8% Office
    Vacancy Rate

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    Labor Force

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    Lutron Electronics
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    10% of Labor Force
    Employed in Leisure & Hospitality
    Q4 2016

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    Technology Patents from 2000-2013

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    Mack Trucks
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    1.6% of Labor Force
    Employed in Food & Beverage Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    25 Million

    Office Inventory (Square Feet)

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  • By the Numbers
    108 Million

    Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)

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