Emerging Success

The Lehigh Valley’s infrastructure is second to none. Located within one day’s drive of one-third of all U.S. consumers, and half of all Canadian consumers, the Lehigh Valley is 30 to 90 minutes away from three international airports and carries a Foreign Trade Zone status.

The Lehigh Valley’s location and convenient transportation network are among the economic assets that sets this region apart.

The region enjoys quick access to three major interstates – I-78 (East/West), I-80 (East/West) and I-476, the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension (North/South) – as well as easy access to the ports of Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, and light commuter traffic to our downtowns and industrial parks.

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Many Fortune 500 companies have established distribution centers and manufacturing facilities in our region, including Coca-Cola, Air Products, PPL, B. Braun, Ocean Spray, Samuel Adams, Nestle, and Olympus. Each has taken advantage of the Lehigh Valley’s location and extensive infrastructure network, which has emerged over the past 20 years and continues to grow.

Highways

  • I-78 (East/West)
  • PA Turnpike NE Extension (North/South)
  • I-80 (East/West)
  • U.S. Route 22 (East/West)
  • PA Route 309 (North/South)
  • PA Route 33 (North/South)

Public Transportation

Lehigh and Northampton Public Transportation Authority (LANTA) operates the LANTA bus system, a network of 23 fixed-bus routes and 10 special routes throughout the Lehigh Valley, providing daily, later evening, Saturday and Sunday services. Currently more than 5.6 million rides are taken on public transit in the Lehigh Valley annually.

Rail

  • Class 1 – Norfolk Southern Rail
  • Class 1 – Canadian Pacific
  • Intermodal Terminal

Lehigh Valley Rail Management, LLC operates an intermodal terminal in Bethlehem, Pa.. The terminal consists of two adjacent areas for handling conventional intermodal (TOFC/COFC) and Triple Crown Services (Roadrailer equipment) with a total of more than 4.6 miles of track. There is 9,000 feet of track for conventional intermodal and more than 14,000 feet for Triple Crown Services loading and unloading. The terminal has 1,200 trailer parking spaces with gate facilities and a truck scale. The terminal is located less than one mile off Exit 67 of Interstate 78, and handles multiple inbound and outbound trains, seven days a week, with a capacity  in excess of 120,000 lifts annually.

Water / Ports

  • Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal (NJ/NY) – 90 minutes
  • Port of Philadelphia – 75 minutes
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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
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$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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