Facilitating Learning

Lehigh Valley colleges and universities are known throughout the region, the country, and the world for producing outstanding graduates well prepared for their chosen career fields. These schools produce over 10,000 graduates per year and contribute in numerous ways to Lehigh Valley’s exceptional quality of life.

When a national economic development firm conducted a study of the Lehigh Valley, it identified the quality of the region’s post-secondary education as one of its strongest economic assets.

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The Lehigh Valley’s higher educational institutions include:

Alumni Survey

As part the regional Talent Supply Initiative, LVEDC is conducting a collaborative research project to survey alumni of partnering colleges and universities located in Lehigh Valley.

Alumni perceptions of Lehigh Valley as a place to live and work are important to LVEDC’s efforts to attract and retain a talented workforce for employers.

To encourage participation in the survey, LVEDC will award a limited number of $25 Amazon gift codes to alumni who submit a completed survey. Click here for official rules of the incentive drawing.

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Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

By the Numbers
$41.2 Billion

2018 Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.6% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
By the Numbers
$65,119

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
672,907

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
358,000

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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26.1% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

By the Numbers
5,073

Technology Patents

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Mack Trucks
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UGI
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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.3 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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BB&T
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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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Seedcopa
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10,754 degrees awarded by Lehigh Valley colleges (2017-18 academic year)

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Fuling
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85,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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149,000

Population between ages 18 and 34

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