LVEDC’s Top 10 Most-Read Blog Stories of 2020
By Colin McEvoy on December 23, 2020
It’s been an unusual year, to say the least, but economic development activity continued throughout 2020 even despite the coronavirus pandemic.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that the stories from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) blog that generated the most attention were a mix of COVID-related stories and posts about projects and expansions, economic development news, and stories about existing regional companies.
Below are the 10 most-read stories of the year from the LVEDC blog, according to our analytics, in order of their publication date:
Before the pandemic reached the United States, The New York Times wrote a story about Lehigh Valley’s thriving economy, highlighting the region’s manufacturing sector, transportation infrastructure, network of colleges and universities, food and beverage companies, and much more.
When businesses began closing due to the COVID-19 crisis, LVEDC immediately established a coronavirus resources and information page, and began providing information and writing multiple blog posts about emergency funding sources available for regional companies.
As part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, LVEDC issued a survey inviting Lehigh Valley employers to provide information about the impact of COVID-19 and mitigation efforts on the regional economy and their businesses.
LVEDC supported a multi-agency effort to connect businesses that have available health care supplies with care-providing sites throughout the region during this time of unprecedented need in the community.
Though the pandemic created unprecedented economic challenges, the Lehigh Valley business community stepped up and addressed those challenges head-on, with several companies diverting from their regular business practices to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
For a second consecutive year, LVEDC was recognized as one of the Top 20 economic development organizations in the United States. LVEDC was the only economic development agency in the Northeastern United States region to receive the recognition.
Suncup Juice, a third-generation beverage manufacturer, opened a 180,000 square-foot juice production facility in Bethlehem. The company makes juice products tailored for health care, K-12 education, elderly feeding, day care, and prison facilities.
A virtual ceremony was held this summer to mark the placement of the final steel beam in the construction of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks, a106,000 square-foot health campus being built off Route 33 in Lower Nazareth Township.
The Lehigh Valley was ranked the third-best region in the Northeast for 2019 in terms of economic development projects completed, under construction or announced. The Lehigh Valley competed against much larger metropolitan areas, outranking such regions as Boston and Pittsburgh.
Jean-Claude Dubacher, the new U.S. Chairman & CEO of B. Braun Medical Inc., was one of 10 new corporate leaders at some of the largest companies and employers in the Lehigh Valley who were featured in an executive video interview series organized by LVEDC.
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