Preparing a workforce for tomorrow

Finding the right talent and keeping workforce’s skills up-to-date are essential to the success of any business. Fortunately, the Lehigh Valley has many resources to help your business thrive.

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board along with our higher education partners including the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, work closely with LVEDC to meet the Lehigh Valley’s workforce needs.

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LVEDC and LVWDB partnered on the formation of a Workforce and Economic Development Strategic Plan that presents a snapshot of where we stand today, and identifies the region’s strengths and gaps so we can plan for tomorrow. Prepared by Oxford Economics, a New York City-based economic consultant, assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the Lehigh Valley’s workforce, and provides key strategies for how to improve upon them.

Click here to download the full Oxford Economics study

The study laid the foundation for the Talent and Education Supply Council, a newly-formed council linking local educational institutions and economic development agencies in a way that has never been done before. This council aims to increase the workforce and economic development linkages with education and business. This results in a process that ensures the pipeline of skilled workers in the Lehigh Valley is strong and that bridging the workforce gap is a continual and ongoing process.

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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
By the Numbers
$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$7.98 Billion

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34