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Lehigh Valley Offers Unique Variety of Summer Experiences

By Colin McEvoy on June 3, 2019

The Crayola Experience in Easton is one of several summer offerings available in the Lehigh Valley. (photo courtesy Discover Lehigh Valley)

Summertime is fast approaching, and the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors is spreading the word about the unique variety of summer experiences the Lehigh Valley has to offer.

The latest issue of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors quarterly e-magazine features a story about summers in the Lehigh Valley, highlighting everything from outdoor recreation and theme parks, to wineries and restaurants, to nature-based activities and destinations like the Crayola Factory and Da Vinci Science Center.

Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC), is featured in the article, where he discusses how the region’s summer experience is beneficial from an economic development perspective.

A digital version of the magazine can be found here.

Each quarter, it features a robust amount of real estate-related news and discussion, with every issue highlighting a theme and featuring updates from every department within the Association, such as education, professional standards, and government affairs, MLS, etc.

An excerpt of the article, which includes Cunningham’s interview, can be found below:

The uniqueness that Lehigh Valley summers offer is not something many other regions can say they have. In fact, the Lehigh Valley’s individuality makes it not only a great place to have fun, but an interesting economic prospect as well.

Live. Work. Play. That’s how Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, sees the economic potential of the Lehigh Valley.

“The warm weather just kind of brings more people to visit, more people out, and we have such a great dynamic that’s merged here particularly with downtowns,” Cunningham said. “We’re getting interest from a lot of office employers because of the live-work-play element of the Lehigh Valley. People want to live downtown, they want to work there, they want to be able to go to arts and cultural things, and that’s the first step of economic development – marketing and showcasing. And the summer is great for that.”

Besides arts and culture, Cunningham highlighted the Lehigh Valley’s physical location and how it brings more visitors and potential residents to the Valley.

“We’re a large metropolitan area that has a smaller town feel,” Cunningham said. “When you look at the two counties, you’re looking at almost 700,000 people, but they live in 62 different communities or 62 municipalities… We’re the third largest population center in Pennsylvania after the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh region, so there’s a good volume of people, which translates to potential employees, great educational infrastructure in the colleges, community colleges, vocational-technical schools, hospitals and health networks.”

Visit here to read the rest of the article.

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