Department of Community and
Community and Economic Development Office
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Lehigh County Government Center
17 South Seventh Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101
Phone: (610)-782-3001 Fax: (610)-871-2755
Lehigh County’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) focuses on enhancing the quality of life of our communities by concentrating on the revitalization of our cities and boroughs, spurring economic growth, and supporting regional partnerships among our municipalities.
The department’s grant programs have supported high priority projects of the County’s twenty-five municipalities, aimed at enriching their economic viability by upgrading aging infrastructure, supporting aesthetic improvements within the downtown's, and assisting agencies focused on providing safe, affordable and sustainable housing programs.
Lehigh County is recognized as a top ten county in the nation to attract growth and investments.
In December of 2012 Fourth Economy, a national economic development firm has listed Lehigh County, PA, as one of the top ten counties in the US to attract future growth and investment as part of its recently released Fourth Economy Community Index.
Fourth Economy ranked Lehigh County seventh in the “Large-Sized Counties” segment that had populations between 150,000 and 499,999 based on the following criteria: investment, talent, sustainability, place and diversity. Other specific indicators included: wage and employment growth, education levels, drive times, home values, minority business ownership, agricultural and manufacturing capacity and population density.
“We are honored to see Lehigh County recognized by Fourth Economy as one of the leading economic growth counties in the United States," said LVEDC President and CEO, Don Cunningham. “It is always good to see national entities discover what we know is happening here in the Lehigh Valley. It confirms what we continually are seeing that businesses want to start here, grow here and come here, on both sides of the Lehigh Valley.”
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Economic Development Partners