LVEDC Board Members:

Members of the 2022 LVEDC Board of Directors.

Click on each Board member below for biographical information.

  • Edward Dougherty is Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network. His responsibilities include strategic planning, marketing, public affairs, and consumer insights. His career includes leadership roles in strategic consulting and broadcasting. He also serves on the Board of Health Network Laboratories.

  • Neal Koplin has been an executive at Peoples Financial Services Corp. since August 2014 and serves as its Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. Neal served as Lehigh Valley Division Head at Peoples Financial Services Corp from 2014 to 2017. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Northern Region Manager of National Penn Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group. He was with National Penn Bank in various executive positions from 1982 until 2004.

    Neal has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moravian College. He is a Board member of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Inc. and is on the Board of Touchstone Theatre. He currently serves as chair of the Easton Affordable Housing Task Force.

  • Patricia Johnson is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Lehigh University. She previously spent 19 years at Cornell University, where she served as Associate Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Johnson has an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia, and served as investment officer for the University of Dayton before joining Cornell. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ben Franklin Technology Center, Manufacturers Resource Center and Centennial School.

  • Dan McCarthy serves as Secretary of the Lehigh Valley Partnership, a public-private organization made up of the region’s largest employers. He is President of McCarthy Communications Strategies, and has 45 years of public relations and community affairs experience. Before forming his consulting firm, Dan served as a Vice President for PPL Corporation, leading the Corporate Communications and Community Affairs Department for 16 years. In various roles over 35 years at PPL, Dan designed and implemented dozens of integrated, comprehensive campaigns in support of high-stakes projects in the United States, United Kingdom, and Latin America. He also was the founding President of the PPL Foundation, the corporation’s major philanthropic arm. A political science graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, he also has completed courses at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and past President of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley Board of Directors. 

  • Don Cunningham is President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. A 22-year public servant, Cunningham served as Lehigh County Executive and for two terms as Bethlehem Mayor. He also served as Cabinet Secretary in Pennsylvania and as the director of media and marketing operations at Moravian College and Corporate Communications at PPL. Read Don Cunningham’s full bio.

  • Paul Anthony is the Business Manager/Financial Secretary responsible for the management and administration of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union #375. In addition to representing electrical workers employed by signatory contractors, Mr. Anthony is accountable for cooperative labor relations and strengthening relationships with our customers and our communities.

    Paul first joined the IBEW Local Union #375 in 1988 as a Journeyman wireman.

  • Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong graduated from Kutztown University in 1971 with a B.S in Secondary Education and a minor in social studies and obtained his Master’s Degree in education in 1975. During his more than 40-year-career Phil taught social studies and served as the girls’ basketball coach in the Whitehall School District.  He is a member of the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame and the Whitehall High School Hall of Fame. During his time in the Whitehall School District, he rose to be chair of the Social Studies Department. He was also selected to serve as the Secondary Education Chairperson for the Middle States Council on Social Studies, where he worked to develop a standardized exam for social studies. Following his retirement from education, Phil was appointed to the Whitehall Board of Commissioners where he was elected to the position of board president.  His leadership produced a reduction in the local garbage tax and held the line on all other forms of taxation in Whitehall. Phil remains an active member of his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of Kutztown University, the Board of Directors of Penn State Lehigh Valley, and is a member of the Whitehall Lion’s Club.

     

  • Donald M. Bernhard, CEcD, is chair of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, where he has served for 41 years, as well as Executive Director at Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative. Before that, he served as Director of Community Affairs with PPL Corporation for 19 years. He is a former chair of the LVEDC Board. He is on the executive committees of the Governor’s Early Learning Commission and Community Services for Children. Most recently, he was appointed a Trustee of the Trexler Trust.

  • Dr. Ann D. Bieber was appointed the fifth president of Lehigh Carbon Community College on July 10, 2014. She began her career at the college in 1981 and has held numerous positions including Senior Vice President of Administrative Services, and Dean of Continuing Education.  Over her 40 years serving LCCC, she developed a deep commitment for honing the legacy of the college founders and advancing the college to serve the community in new ways and forge partnerships that benefit LCCC students and area employers.

    LCCC serves nearly 9,000 students in credit programs and nearly 3,000 students in workforce training programs each year.

  • Chris Brown has more than 35 years of banking industry experience in the Lehigh Valley. He leads Commercial Banking across all segments within the Lehigh Valley Region for Fulton Bank and serves as Sales Leader for Fulton’s SBA Team across the bank’s five-state footprint. He joined Fulton Bank in 2016 as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader. Prior to joining Fulton Bank, Chris worked for PNC Bank and Meridian Bank.

    Chris has a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Lehigh University.  He is a Lifetime Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society (Lehigh University) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In the community, he is a Board Member and President for Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp., and a Board Member for the Northampton Community College Foundation.  He is a past Treasurer and former Board member for Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, Inc.; a former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Lehigh County; past Secretary and member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Allentown YMCA; past Co-Chairman and Executive Committee Member for the annual Minsi Trails Council–Boy Scouts of America Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner; and a past Donor Solicitor for the United Way.

  • Gunnar has more than 40 years of experience in automotive manufacturing. He began his career at Saab Automotive AB in Sweden in 1981. He rose through the ranks working in roles including project engineer and executive director of labor relations. He also served as Executive Director Manufacturing for GM Poland. In 2015, he came to Volvo Aero AB, where he became Vice President and General Manager of Engine Products and then General Manager and Plant Manager of Volvo Trucks in Sweden.

    In 2020, he came to the United States to lead Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations, which is part of the Volvo Group and one of the Lehigh Valley’s largest employers. He oversees the operations where all Mack Trucks for the North American market are built. The Lehigh Valley assembly plant was recently expanded to support the production of electric heavy-duty trucks, a project in the national spotlight last year when the White House came to launch a “Made in America” initiative.

    Gunnar has a wife and two grown children. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, sailing, and golfing.

  • Democrat Dan Hartzell is a Lehigh County commissioner at-large who took office in January 2016.
    He retired in September 2014 after more than 38 years as a reporter and columnist for The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Dan wrote the ‘Road Warrior’ question-and-answer column on traffic and transportation issues during his last 12 years at the paper.
    A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident, Dan is a Whitehall High School alumnus and a 1973 Kutztown University graduate with a B.A. in English.

  • Kassie Hilgert is President and CEO of ArtsQuest, one of the largest nonprofit arts organizations in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1984, ArtsOuest is dedicated to providing unparalleled access to the arts, as well as using arts and culture as key tools for economic development in the region. Each year, it presents over 4,000 concerts, art and educational programs, with 40 percent of this programming available to the community for free.

  • Steve Hoff is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Crayola. Prior to joining Crayola, Steve held various positions at McKinsey & Company, Mitsubishi International, and Tosco Corporation. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

  • Silvia Hoffman is a Pennsylvania Registered architect, President and a founding partner of MKSD architects. She is also a LEED accredited professional with 20 years of experience designing buildings throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Silvia’s progressive leadership skills and her ability to design innovative projects that embody the missions of her clients are critical to the success of MKSD architects. Not one willing to accept status quo, she is constantly looking for innovative ways to move the practice forward in the profession of architecture and to better meet the needs of the clients.

  • Tony Iannelli is President and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is the sixth-largest Chamber in the United States. He hosts the popular television show “Business Matters,” he is a columnist for The Morning Call, and is a guest contributor on iHeart Radio.

     

  • Michael J. Landsburg is Chief Development Officer, Real Estate for NFI Industries and has been with the company since 2005. He is responsible for managing NFI’s owned and leased real estate investment portfolio, which consists of about 50 million square feet in the North America Region. He also manages NFI’s asset management activities.

    Prior to joining NFI, Michael was an acquisitions and development associate for a Mid-Atlantic commercial real estate company, where he was responsible for leasing transactions, sourcing, and performing financial analysis for new development and acquisition opportunities. He also worked at a boutique investment bank in New York City and as a member of a consulting team to Citibank. Michael is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New Jersey. He is a member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), where he serves as a committee chair for the Distribution Industry Group. Michael also serves on the Board of the Greene Street Friends School.

  • Susan Larkin is Chief Operating Officer of Allied Personnel Services, the largest staffing service in the Lehigh Valley.  Allied has partnered with leading businesses since 1984 and focuses on building strong relationships with clients while providing an unparalleled knowledge of the local labor market.  A graduate of Penn State University, Susan has led the growth of Allied for the past 27 years.  She holds multiple industry certifications, including SPHR, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation, and Certified Staffing Professional from the American Staffing Association.  She has served on numerous boards, including the Women in Leadership task force for the American Staffing Association, and locally as an Executive Board member for Communities in Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania.  Her commitment to the community led her to be named a Lehigh Valley Business Woman of Influence in 2015.

  • Rick Larson is a business executive with extensive experience in Manufacturing and Technology. He most recently served as President of Bethlehem-based VfD Technologies. He also was CEO of Lehigh Valley Plastics, during which time the business was relocated from four divisions and consolidated into a single, leading-edge manufacturing center with streamlined business processes. Sales and earnings grew fourfold during his tenure.

    He spent 15 years with Bayer AG, primarily with its H.C. Starck Advanced Materials division in a variety of international executive capacities.

    Rick received a BS in Engineering from Alfred University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Bayer-sponsored business management degree from Notre Dame University.

  • Kevin Lott is a Northampton County Commissioner. Mr. Lott held several positions in his 31-year career with the United Brothers of Carpenters Union Local 167 and retired as its Business Agent.  Mr. Lott was also a Trustee for the Philadelphia Apprenticeship which has a $5 million annual budget and trains over 1,000 apprentices and journeymen in Eastern Pa. In that position, he opened a training facility in Allentown.  Mr. Lott has served on the Board of the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Carbon County Technical School Advisory Board, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Hellertown Council, and served as a Boy Scout Leader for several years. Councilman Lott is currently serving on Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and was appointed by the Governor to the Labor and Industry Code Review Board.

  • Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure took office in January 2018. Previously, he served on the Northampton County Council from 2006 to 2013, where he prevented Gracedale Nursing Home from being turned into a for-profit corporation. As county executive, Lamont moved to protect open space and farmland, and expand the county’s parks system. He spearheaded construction of the county’s first Forensic Center, which includes rooftop solar panels.

    In 2020, Lamont oversaw the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including drive-through testing sites and distributing PPE. With the help of County Council, more than $10 million in grants were distributed to 767 small businesses.

    Under Lamont’s leadership, all caseworker positions at the Department of Human Services are being filled, a Suicide Prevention Taskforce has been formed, and new recovery centers have been added to help residents struggling with addiction. He also has put Gracedale back under county control and opened additional senior centers to serve older residents. 

    A lawyer by training, Lamont attended Wilkes University, majoring in History and International Studies with a minor in East European and Russian Studies, and in 1995 earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law. Early in his career, he fought for victims of asbestos by focusing on product liability cases. 

  • Michele joined Air Products in 1986 as a participant in the Career Development Program with assignments in Engineering Technology and Project Engineering where she worked on Air Separation plant projects in Mexico and Indonesia supporting Joint Venture partners. In 1993, she moved to Global Operations as a Regional Manager supporting Plant Operations, Distribution, and Customer Stations. In addition, she was appointed Operations Manager for Mexico, managing the Operations/Engineering Joint Venture relationship with CryoInfra.

    She was appointed Director of Global Plant Process Engineering in 2007. She was a part of the South America Indura acquisition team and retained management responsibility for Indura facilities until her move to Global Engineering in 2014. As Director of North America Engineering, she and her team were responsible for the development, design, project execution, and start-up of large air separation facilities. Her current role is as the Engineering Director for the first North American Mega Project, Texas City Ammonia.

    Michele serves as the engineering liason for Air Products’ Career Development Program and enjoys mentoring young engineers. She has been a member of the Senior Technical Ladder Board since 2007. She was born in Long Island City, NY. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters of Business Administration from Lehigh University. She is fluent in Spanish and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown; Chair of the Board of Advisors at Manhattan College; Vice Chair of East Penn Chamber and a member of its Public Policy Committee; and past Treasurer of the Angel Network for Emmaus HS. Outside of work, Michele enjoys traveling, boating, skiing and spending time with her family: husband Ken and three grown children.

  • Shelley came to the Lehigh Valley in 2006, when she joined Air Products’ Career Development Program after completing graduate school. She and her husband, Drew, fell in love with the region and have lived here ever since.

    In 2020, she joined Lehigh Valley Plastics, succeeding Gretchen Mohen as company President. Lehigh Valley Plastics manufactures plastic components for customers across a broad spectrum of industries. Before joining Lehigh Valley Plastics, she managed two global business units with Brooks Instrument of Hatfield, Montgomery County.

    She has a degree in business from Bucknell University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. In pursuit of both degrees, she focused on operations and marketing.

  • Mr. Michaels is President and CEO of Discover Lehigh Valley. He has more than 25 years of executive sales and management experience within the hospitality and tourism, and sports council industries. Most recently, he served as vice president of sales and services for Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and as chief operating officer for Virginia’s Blue Ridge Sports Council. Prior to that, he held positions as director of national accounts and director of sales at Visit Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and he also held the role of senior sales manager at Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, Mr. Michaels served in the United States Navy.

  • Ray Midlam is Network Vice President Business Development & Strategy for St. Luke’s University Health Network. He joined St. Luke’s in 2012. Before then, he worked in business development, planning, and operational roles in the Financial Services and Medical Devices industries. At St. Luke’s, he coordinates and oversees the development of strategy in support of expansion, and identifies and evaluates new business opportunities. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Finance, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University. He serves on the Board of Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

  • Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. has led a more than $800 million economic development program in the City of Easton. He is a Past President and on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and now serves on the Advisory Board. He is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors.

    He is a former teacher. He and his father operated Sal’s Meat Market for 28 years.

  • Stephanie is President of PPL Electric Utilities, the subsidiary of PPL Corporation that provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. She has more than 20 years of career experience developing and managing critical infrastructure.

    PPL Electric Utilities operates and maintains an electric delivery system that spans 10,000 square miles and serves a population of more than 3 million people. In her role as President, she oversees electric delivery and customer service, as well as investments in infrastructure and technology to improve service. This includes ongoing work to strengthen and modernize the power grid and advance a cleaner energy future. Before becoming President in 2021, she served as Vice President of Distribution Operations and Vice President of Transmission and Substations.

    Prior to joining PPL Electric Utilities in 2011, she was Chief Operating Officer of Cablenet Services, Inc., of Boothwyn, PA, where she led the company to best-in-class status in her first year in management. She previously held positions for Comcast Cable Communications of Philadelphia, General Fiber Communications of Conshohocken, PA, International Fibercom of Phoenix, and All Star Telecom of Sacramento.

    She serves as Board Chair for Valley Youth House in the Lehigh Valley, and Vice President of PPL Foundation, which contributes millions of dollars each year to improve the lives of people in communities PPL serves. She also is a member of the Innovation Advisory Board for the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lafayette College, and is Executive Sponsor of PPL’s African-American Network, an employee business resource group. She has a degree in business, with a focus on finance and strategic management, from California State University in Sacramento and completed the Executive Education Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • J. William Reynolds, a lifelong resident of Bethlehem, was elected Mayor in 2021. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moravian College in 2003 with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. William became the youngest City Council member in Bethlehem’s history in 2007 following his successful challenge to a slate of incumbent Council members. In 2014, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of City Council, a position he was re-elected to in 2016.

    As City Council President, William launched Bethlehem 2017: a set of policy initiatives aimed at making Bethlehem a more progressive community. As state and national inaction on climate issues continued, William led the way in helping Bethlehem establish its first Climate Action Plan. William also proposed and created NorthSide 2027 – a reinvestment strategy and public/private partnership for north Bethlehem’s neighborhoods that includes citizens, local businesses, the Bethlehem Area School District, and Moravian College.

  • Dr. Tina Q. Richardson joined Penn State Lehigh Valley as Chancellor in 2015 and is a long-term resident of the Lehigh Valley. Her work has been focused on three campus priorities: Academic Excellence, Campus Visibility, and Enrollment.

    Dr. Richardson was a faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education for 20 years. During her time at Lehigh, she was director of the counseling psychology program and a special assistant to the Provost for a National Science Foundation-funded leadership initiative for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She more recently was as associate dean at Drexel University, where she provided leadership related to academic program development and evaluation, faculty professional development, and the promotion and tenure process.

    Dr. Richardson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and master’s and a doctorate in counseling psychology, all from the University of Maryland. She has received numerous awards, including a 2020 Circle of Excellence Award. She serves on several boards in the Lehigh Valley. She recently graduated from the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship program.

  • Julien Sauvagnargues, originally from Albertville, France, is President and Regional Representative Officer for Olympus Corporation of the Americas, overseeing the company’s activities throughout North America and South America from the company’s headquarters in Center Valley, PA. He also is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Formerly, he was President of the Scientific Solutions Group and Consumer Products Group.

    Julien joined Olympus France in 2006 as a Division Manager for Microscopy and Industrial Endoscopy Products, later becoming Division Manager of France and Belgium in 2008 for Consumer Products. In 2012, he and his family relocated to the United States as Vice President of Sales of North America for Olympus Imaging America, Inc. The following year, he was promoted to Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Before joining Olympus, he worked as Sales and Marketing Director at Arjowiggins in France.

  • Ms. Speziale has a passion for helping clients build successful businesses. Recognized for her strong leadership and business mind, she was appointed Deputy Managing Partner of Gross McGinley in 2018 and elevated to Equity Partner in 2019. Ms. Speziale was nominated as one of  Lehigh Valley Business’s 2018 Women of Influence. In 2017, she was recognized by Lehigh Valley Magazine as a “Local Legal Leader” and was selected for Lehigh Valley Style’s “Lehigh Valley Select Lawyers” issue. In 2014, Lehigh Valley Business recognized her on its list of “Forty Under 40.” After receiving this recognition, she was asked to serve as a judge for 2015.  Ms. Speziale also is a speaker on various topics impacting businesses. She is a former member of the District XA Attorney Ethics Committee, which she was appointed to by the New Jersey Supreme Court. She was selected for inclusion in 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5% of young attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers on their Rising Stars list as well. She maintains an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Matt Tuerk was elected Mayor of Allentown in 2021. He was born in East Stroudsburg and traveled and lived around the world before moving to Allentown in 2004 with his wife, Karen, to return to his eastern Pennsylvania roots. He worked for the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, where he helped establish the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and developed resources at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. He co-founded the Lehigh Valley’s first co-working space.

    In 2013, he joined the staff of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, where he served as Director of Research and Innovation, Vice President of Administration, and Vice President of Economic Development. He led the Economic Development group at LVEDC in attracting billions of dollars in economic growth in the Lehigh Valley and creating thousands of jobs for its residents

    In his spare time, Mayor Tuerk is a runner. He began running marathons in 2013 and has completed the distance 18 times, including New York, Boston, and Chicago. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in International Business, and earned his MBA at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

  • Scott Unger, Chair of the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative, has been the Executive Director of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation since 2008. Scott is also a member of the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board. He previously was President of the Old Allentown Preservation Association and the Alliance for Building Communities Board of Directors.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

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$43.3 Billion

2020 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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Lehigh Valley Health Network
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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
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Lehigh Valley Electricians
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$66,865

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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676,700

Population

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Olympus
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347,612

Labor Force

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26.6% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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

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$7.1 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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Truist
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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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

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82,270 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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149,000

Population between ages 18 and 34

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