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LVEDC Launches Magazine to Promote Lehigh Valley

LVEDC has unveiled a new glossy, 64-page magazine that showcases the region to the outside world in a print format. The magazine features what Lehigh Valley is all about – a booming economy, talented workforce, innovative companies and a multitude of recreational outlets. And, like the recently released video, the magazine is available for use by any business or organization in the Lehigh Valley involved in recruiting people or companies here.

Lehigh Valley Economic Development magazine features world-famous Martin Guitar on its cover – and a wealth of Lehigh Valley businesses inside. It contains eye-catching graphics, gorgeous photos of regional attractions, and a bevy of insightful factoids about the region and its rapidly-growing economy.

The publication is the end result of a creative coming-together between LVEDC and Journal Communications, a nationally-recognized company that produces dozens of similar products for states, regions, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations. It is paid for fully by the advertisers who bought space in the magazine.

An Economic Report Card for Lehigh Valley

Last year was yet another great year for Lehigh Valley. We’ve watched major companies like Ocean Spray Cranberries and Bimbo Bakeries USA put the finishing touches on their brand new plants as they prepare to open for business . We also watched an amazing revitalization take shape in Center City Allentown and its nearby Waterfront district.

In Northampton County, work got underway on the Route 33 “Chrin Interchange” — a project with the potential to create 5,000 new jobs. And, Bethlehem was awarded one of only two City Revitalization & Improvement Zones in Pennsylvania with the potential to launch numerous projects.  There are plenty of reasons for this exciting influx of investments and new companies. Read all about them in LVEDC’s 2014 annual report.

Lehigh Valley Development Priorities, Q1 2014

Economic development employees from the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton worked with representatives of Lehigh and Northampton counties to choose a list of nine priority projects to be rolled out in the early part of 2014. This used to be an annual exercise. But, in 2014, LVEDC stepped in and helped transform this report into an eye-catching publication with a nice glossy cover and a stunning photo of the Martin Tower. Check it out – before Vol. 2 hits the streets.

2009-2014 LVEDC Strategic Plan

Our business is the Lehigh Valley’s future. At a time when the economies of the world are facing historic challenges, we at the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) are committed to the continued growth of our region. Successful regional economic development requires an advocate who creates and develops a vision then builds consensus and doggedly implements an agenda that integrates all of a region’s professional, social and cultural advantages to attract new businesses and advance existing ones.

We believe in the potential of the Lehigh Valley to thrive. In 2008, LVEDC embarked on a strategic planning process that resulted in the attached Five Year Strategic Plan for the organization. This plan will serve as a guide for progressive and cutting-edge regional efforts that will result in continued success in retaining, attracting and creating businesses of all sizes in the Lehigh Valley.

The Lehigh Valley’s 2011 Economic Development Priority Projects

Representatives from the region’s two counties and three cities presented their 2011 Economic Development Priorities for the Lehigh Valley to the LVEDC Legislative and Government Relations Committee and the LVEDC Planning Committee. The committees will attempt to procure Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RCAP) funding for the projects. The top ranked-of which will be written into the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that federal officials will review.

2010 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Economic development planning document for Lehigh and Northampton counties.

2008 Portrait of Latino Business Owners and Professionals in the Lehigh Valley

The study was commissioned by the Latino Economic Council (LEC) of LVEDC as part of a larger effort to increase the visibility and success of Latino business owners and professionals in the region. The Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, LVEDC, Air Products Foundation, Sovereign Bank and PPL provided the funding to launch and complete the study.

LVEDC Loans & Interest Rates

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Type Rate Date
PIDA 2.75% 7/24/15
SBA 504 4.95% (20 years) 4.35% (10 years) 7/24/15
PIDA: SBFF 3.75% 7/24/15
PIDA: MELF 3.75% 7/24/15