LVEDC’s Top 10 Most-Read Blog Stories of 2021
By Colin McEvoy on January 7, 2022
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create economic challenges, economic development in the Lehigh Valley continued as a strong pace in 2021, as the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) reported throughout the year in its newsletter and blog.
Below are some of the most-read LVEDC blog posts from 2021:
Every year, The New York Times publishes tens of thousands of news articles. At the end of each year, their editors pick the “most interesting, striking or delightful facts” to appear in articles from throughout the year and shares them with their readers. This year, the Lehigh Valley made the cut.
Jaindl Enterprises has broken ground on a $39.5 million office building, the first project in the larger Waterfront development that promises to transform an old industrial patch along Allentown’s stretch of the Lehigh River.
OraSure Technologies has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, which are known as InteliSwab and are designed for home use without the presence of a healthcare professional.
Mack Trucks is manufacturing its first fully electric vehicle, a zero-emissions refuse truck called the Mack LR Electric. And they’re being made right here in the Lehigh Valley. Pre-production vehicles of the revolutionary new model are already underway at the company’s Lower Macungie Township facility.
Stuffed Puffs founder Michael Tierney has been pioneering the proprietary process for a decade. He moved to Lehigh Valley to build the business with an investment from Factory and Richard Thompson. He chose the region to open his second manufacturing plant to supply Walmart and other retailers across the country.
This month marks one year since the St. Luke’s University Health Network acquired what was then called the Easton Hospital, which had been losing money for years. Since that time, finances there have stabilized, and St. Luke’s is now focused on adding new services at the hospital.
Lehigh Valley has a notable advantage as the economy emerges from the pandemic and companies rethink how and where to do business: young adults. Lehigh Valley’s population between the ages of 18 and 34 grew by 10.7% over the last decade, a faster rate than every other region in Pennsylvania.
Lehigh Valley’s population grew by 6.2% since 2010, making it among Pennsylvania’s fastest growing regions, according to recently released 2020 Census results. The once-in-a-decade mandatory counting pegs the population in Lehigh and Northampton counties at 687,508, a gain of more than 40,000 residents in the last 10 years.
The Lehigh Valley now commands one of America’s hottest ZIP codes. A recent report from Realtor.com, a website of the National Association of Realtors, identifies 18018 in Bethlehem, Pa., as the nation’s No. 12 hottest ZIP code in 2021, ranking higher than other sought-after neighborhoods in cities ranging from Charlotte to Denver.
The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation has concluded its second series of video interviews highlighting recently-appointed corporate leaders at some of the largest and most prestigious companies and employers in the Lehigh Valley.
Production of Mack Trucks LR Electric Model Underway in Lehigh Valley
Serial production is now underway in the Lehigh Valley for the highly-anticipated Mack LR Electric, Mack Trucks’ first fully electric vehicle. Don Cunningham, President[...]Continue to Next Page