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Made Possible in Lehigh Valley’s Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2020

By Colin McEvoy on December 31, 2020

The Easton Farmers Market was one of the new Lehigh Valley spots highlighted in one of the most-read Made Possible in Lehigh Valley stories of the year.

Over the past 12 months, Made Possible in Lehigh Valley has been hard at work telling stories of the people, companies, and organizations from the region and highlighting the Lehigh Valley as the perfect place for people to visit, relocate, or bring companies.

These stories have been shared on the Made Possible website and Instagram account. Below are the 10 most-read stories of the year 2020, according to our analytics:

10 New Spots in Lehigh Valley Since the Last Time You Were Home

For people coming back to the Lehigh Valley to visit family, friends, or just to get away for a little while, Made Possible in Lehigh Valley highlights several new places to see, including Easton Public Market, John M. Mauser Nature Education Trail System, National Museum of Industrial History, and Simon Silk Mill.

Get Connected to the Great Outdoors with THE LINK Trail Network

Access to outdoor activities drives quality of life, improves health, and generates economic growth. That’s why a coalition of regional organizations and non-profits in the region joined forces to promote and connect over 125 miles of multi-use trails.

AblePay Health – “Why Wouldn’t You?”

Born and raised in Fountain Hill, John Fistner pursued his undergraduate degree at Lafayette College and his graduate degree at Lehigh University before serving in multiple roles at Coordinated Health. Building upon all that experience, John set out to create companies to improve certain inefficiencies in healthcare, which led to the formation of AblePay Health.

Kim Velez – Major Gift Officer, Corporate and Business Partnerships, LVHN

Seven years ago, Kim Velez was living in New York City, working in the television industry with a job at NBC. It sounds glamorous, like a dream job. So why did she give it all up to come to Lehigh Valley and work for the Lehigh Valley Health Network?

Crayola’s Colorful Presence in Lehigh Valley and Around the World

Crayola is the most familiar crayon and marker company in the world, having helped generations of artists express their creativity and imagination. They make nearly 3 billion crayons each year –about thirteen million each day – right here in Lehigh Valley. In fact, about 90% of the entire world’s crayons are made locally by Crayola.

StartUp Lehigh Valley Competition Returns for Second Year

The purpose of the StartUp Lehigh Valley competition is to continue to position the Lehigh Valley as the innovation hub of the East Coast by bringing together local business leaders, angel investors, industry experts, merchants, higher education representatives, students, community members and, of course, entrepreneurs.

A Green Oasis Rising Above Lehigh Valley’s Urban Areas

Lehigh Valley is home to beautiful outdoor recreation and natural assets including hundreds of miles of greenways, trails, rivers and streams, plus thousands of acres of preserved open space. Whether you’re looking to explore on foot, by bike, or via the water, Lehigh Valley gives you plenty of chances to connect with nature.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Returns for Its 28th Year with an All-New Outdoor Format

Forget the jack-o-lanterns and haunted houses. Christkindlmarkt is here – and it’s no trick. The holiday market opened in early October and ran weekends through late November at the SteelStacks campus, providing patrons an early chance to browse the crafts and wares of nearly 80 artisans.

“We were moving 90 miles and 50 years west … People are kinder, gentler, and have a willingness to help.”

Eric Schwartz of North Light Consulting and his family moved to the Lehigh Valley while he was serving as CEO of Windkits LLC, a components manufacturer for wind turbine blades. He and his team needed to identify a new location after the firm’s European parent company announced it was spinning the division off and was requiring them to change locations.

Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA

Moravian College is a private college in Bethlehem, PA, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. Dating back to 1742, Moravian holds the distinction of being the sixth oldest college in America, was the first to educate women, and the first to educate Native Americans in their own language.

2020 Year-in-Review: Despite Pandemic, Economic Development Continues in Lehigh Valley

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