Lehigh County Recognized as Top 10 in the Nation

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Lehigh County, PA, has been recognized by Fourth Economy (a national economic development consulting firm) as a Top Ten county in the nation to attract growth and investment in the future. Below is an excerpt from the full press release from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation in a recent email to newsletter subscribers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 17, 2012 Lehigh County recognized as a top ten county in the nation to attract growth and investment in the future.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A national economic development firm has listed Lehigh County, Pa. as one of the top ten counties in the United States to attract future growth and investment as part of its just-released Fourth Economy Community Index.

Ranked seventh in the “Large-Sized Counties” segment measuring populations between 150,000 and 499,999, Fourth Economy anointed Lehigh County based on the following criteria: investment, talent, sustainability, place and diversity. Specific indicators include 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.”

The firm points to regional cooperation around economic and community development as a key factor in the success of development in the county.

For the full Fourth Economy report and rankings go to: http://fourtheconomy.com/national-fourth-economy-community-index-lists-top-10-large-sized-counties-for-2013/.

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