LVEDC continues to monitor effects of COVID-19 on Lehigh Valley’s economy. We update this page often with information about resources available to businesses.


Our financing page has information about assistance to small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit here for more information.


Pennsylvania Mitigation Measures

Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted the state’s mitigation orders effective May 31, 2021. All businesses, venues, and events may return to 100% capacity.

The order requiring unvaccinated people to wear masks will remain in effect until June 28, 2021, or until 70% of Pennsylvania residents have been fully vaccinated.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends Pennsylvanians refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and recommendations for ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.


Paycheck Protection Program Closed

The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended May 31, 2021. For information about loan forgiveness and additional Small Business Administration programs, visit www.sba.gov. Visit LVEDC’s Financing Programs webpage for additional information about federal, state, and local financial assistance programs for small businesses.


Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Program

This SBA program provides relief to operators or promoters of live performance venues, theater operators, performing arts organizations, museums, movie theaters, and talent representatives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The applications portal opened April 26. For details, visit LVEDC’s Financing Programs web page.


COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

Pennsylvania has allocated $145 million to the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), which provides grants to businesses in the hospitality sector affected by the pandemic. Lehigh County has received $4.1 million, Northampton County has received $3.4 million.

The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund is administering the program for Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Visit LVEDC’s Financing web page for additional information.


COVID-19 Resources and Information Sources

Industry-Specific Guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:


LVEDC Blog Posts Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

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$43.3 Billion

2020 Gross Domestic Product

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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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$66,865

Median Household Income

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676,700

Population

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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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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.1 Billion

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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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