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LVEDC’s Top 10 Most-Read Blog Stories of 2022

By Colin McEvoy on December 30, 2022

Russell Breuer, CEO of Spot & Tango (center), cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Spot & Tango new 66,700 square-foot facility in Upper Macungie Township.

It’s been another eventful year for the Lehigh Valley economy, with the region reaching new economic milestones and welcoming several new business attraction and expansion projects. But which stories interested you the most?

Below are the 10 most-read stories of 2022 from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) blog, according to our analytics, in order of their publication date:

January 3: Five Trends That Set Up the Lehigh Valley for Success in 2022

The worldwide ramifications of COVID-19 continued to shape the Lehigh Valley’s economy in 2021, but the emerging data showed the Lehigh Valley possessed a strong foundation for the recovery.

February 15: Air Products Real Estate Manager to Lead Business Development at LVEDC

Kristin Cahayla-Hoffman, who has spent more than a decade in corporate real estate at Air Products, joined LVEDC in February to lead its business development and attraction efforts.

March 10: Easy Signs Establishing First U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Lehigh Valley

The Australian manufacturer of high-quality digitally printed signage announced its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the Lehigh Valley, creating 130 new jobs over the next three years.

May 12: Lehigh Valley Grows Amid Pandemic-Fueled Population Shift

The Lehigh Valley, located 90 minutes from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia, experienced a notable net gain of people moving into the region from other U.S. counties between July 2020 and July 2021.

May 27: FLSmidth Moves into Offices at Patriot American Park, once Agere’s Global Headquarters

The global supplier of equipment for the cement and mining industries moved its offices to Patriot American Park, a notable lease at a time when companies nationwide were reconsidering their office footprints.

June 10: City of Easton Spotlighted by The New York Times

Easton was highlighted by one of the world’s most prestigious and widely-read newspapers this week, with a story in The New York Times highlighting the city’s “dramatic transformation.”

July 22: Lehigh Valley City Ranks Among the Top Places to Live in America

Bethlehem ranked No. 82 in a Livability.com analysis that examined more than 2,300 cities with a population under 500,000. The ranking was based on 50 data points that measure economic stability, housing, infrastructure, health care and other factors.

August 8: Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Job Growth Outpaces the Nation’s

Employment in the Lehigh Valley’s outsized manufacturing sector grew at a rate 11 times faster than the nation as a whole in the last five years primarily because the popular products made here helped drive the economic recovery during the pandemic.

October 17: Lehigh Valley Pet Food Manufacturing Facility to Create 100 Jobs

Spot & Tango’s new 66,700 square-foot manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley will create at least 96 new full-time jobs over the next three years, and produce about 32 million meals per year for dogs around the country.

November 28: Shift4 Payments Relocating to New Headquarters in Lehigh Valley

The payments processing firm and a global leader in financial technology, which processes billions of transactions annually, announced it will be moving into a new corporate headquarters in the Lehigh Valley.

2022 Year-in-Review: Lehigh Valley Economy Reaches New Heights, Fueled by Manufacturing

With each passing year, it seems that a new chapter is written on the economic renaissance of the Lehigh Valley, and 2022 was no exception. The regional GDP reached new he[...]

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