You Can Have It All

Located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, Lehigh Valley is the 69th largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a $35.4 billion GDP that is larger than that of 94 nations. Lehigh Valley is a two-county region in eastern Pennsylvania consisting of 62 distinct municipalities and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

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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

  • Industry Spotlight

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

  • By the Numbers
    $37 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product

  • Investor Spotlight
    City Center Lehigh Valley
  • Industry Spotlight

    10.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $4.3 Billion

    Exports (2015)

  • Investor Spotlight
    Air Products
  • Industry Spotlight

    1325 Total Office Buildings

  • By the Numbers
    $58,134

    Median Household Income

  • Investor Spotlight
    PPL Electric Utilities
  • Industry Spotlight

    1707 Total Industrial Buildings

  • By the Numbers
    24,400

    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

  • Investor Spotlight
    National Penn
  • Industry Spotlight

    4.8% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate

  • By the Numbers
    658,477

    Population

  • Investor Spotlight
    Olympus
  • Industry Spotlight

    8.8% Office
    Vacancy Rate

  • By the Numbers
    336,100

    Labor Force

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

  • By the Numbers
    4,359

    Technology Patents from 2000-2013

  • Investor Spotlight
    Mack Trucks
  • Industry Spotlight

    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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    UGI
  • By the Numbers
    108 Million

    Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)

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    NFI