You Can Have It All

Located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, Lehigh Valley is the 65th largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a $39 billion GDP that is larger than that of 108 nations. Lehigh Valley is a two-county region in eastern Pennsylvania consisting of 62 distinct municipalities and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. The Lehigh Valley is ideally suited for companies in the manufacturing, business services, food and beverage manufacturing, and the life sciences sectors. Learn about our target sectors and more on our YouTube channel.

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There are more than 15,000 businesses located within the beautiful Lehigh Valley, of all sizes and in virtually every industry, from global leaders to small start-ups. The region is the fastest growing and third most populous area in the state of Pennsylvania with a population of more than 658,000 residents.

Lehigh Valley was recognized by Site Selection magazine as the best performing region of its size for economic development in the Northeastern United States.

This marks the seventh consecutive year Lehigh Valley has been ranked in the Top 10 in Site Selection‘s prestigious Governor’s Cup Awards rankings, one of only two communities to accomplish this consistency.

The Lehigh Valley is the center of activity for several internationally-known companies who have been attracted to the region’s unique mix of economic assets, including its central location, well-developed transportation infrastructure, superior workforce, quality health care system and more. Below are the leaders of some of those companies:

“The collaborative nature of businesses, economic, educational, and philanthropic organizations in the area that continually work to improve the quality of life here make it an outstanding location for our company, our employees, and their families.” — Seifi Ghasemi, CEO of Air Products

“The Lehigh Valley is full of creative, resourceful, and hardworking individuals. Our dedicated, innovative employees are the reason we have been successful all these years.” — Mike Perry, past CEO of Crayola

“The Lehigh Valley offered an area where we could provide market-leading benefits for employees, affordable housing options, and an excellent quality of life all around: everything from cost of living and good schools to recreational opportunities and easy access to cultural activities.” — Nacho Abia, CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas

If you’re interested in learning more about doing business here, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is the best place to start. Call us today at (610) 266-6775.

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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