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

  • Industry Spotlight

    13.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Professional & Business Services
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $39.1 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product
    2016

  • Investor Spotlight
    City Center Lehigh Valley
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $3.44 Billion

    Exports
    2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Air Products
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,504 Total Office Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    $57,510

    Median Household Income

  • Investor Spotlight
    PPL Electric Utilities
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,770 Total Industrial Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    24,400

    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

  • Investor Spotlight
    National Penn
  • Industry Spotlight

    5.0% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    658,477

    Population

  • Investor Spotlight
    Olympus
  • Industry Spotlight

    7.7% Office
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    342,493

    Labor Force

  • Investor Spotlight
    Lutron Electronics
  • Industry Spotlight

    17.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Health Care & Social Assistance

  • By the Numbers
    5,073

    Technology Patents from 2000-2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Mack Trucks
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.1% Increase in exports
    Among top 20 markets nationally in export growth

  • By the Numbers
    25.8 Million

    Total Office Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    UGI
  • Industry Spotlight

    10.1% Industrial rent growth
    Second highest in the U.S.

  • By the Numbers
    115.5 Million

    Total Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    NFI