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.


Mitigation Measures Announced by Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf has introduced the use of the Pennsylvania Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, which is updated each Monday as mitigation and reopening plans are determined and updated. This dashboard provides county and statewide breakdowns on the number of confirmed cases, incidence rates per 100,000, PCR testing occurrences, average daily hospitalizations, average daily ventilators, and total hospital visits.

The governor ended special temporary mitigation measures on Jan. 4, but several mitigation measures remain in effect.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued COVID-19 Guidance for Pennsylvania Businesses to help businesses protect workers, suppliers, and customers.


Paycheck Protection Program Reinstated

The federal government has reinstated the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with an allocation of $284 billion. PPP loans provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll. Qualifying businesses may apply through March 31. PPP loans may be forgiven if businesses meet employee retention criteria and use the funds they receive for eligible expenses. Visit LVEDC’s Financing Programs webpage for additional information about PPP and other federal, state, and local financial assistance programs for businesses.


Training Webinars: Applying for Financial Assistance

The Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of training webinars on the process of applying for financial assistance from federal programs including PPP loans. Webinars are scheduled for Thursdays at 9 a.m. from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. Click here to select a webinar date and register to attend.


COVID-19 Resources and Information Sources

Industry-Specific Guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:


NBC10, Telemundo62 Campaign to Highlight Area Businesses

The “In the Name of Love” campaign seeks to support regional businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

LVEDC is partnering with the news organizations of NBC10 and Telemundo62 for a promotional campaign called “In the Name of Love,” designed to support businesses throughout the region that have been affected by the pandemic. The television stations will air news stories featuring businesses, people, organizations, and neighborhoods that are coming together to recharge, rebuild, and recover.


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$41.2 Billion

2018 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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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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