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Community and Economic Development

Lehigh County Government Center 
17 South Seventh Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101
Phone: (610) 782-3200 
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 program.





Frank Kane - Director

Phone: 610-782-3304 

Fax: 610-871-2755

Laurie Moyer - Grants & Housing Manager

Phone: 610-871-1964

Virginia Haas - Community Revitalization & Development Manager

Phone: 610-782-3809

Stacy Milo - CDBG Program Coordinator

Phone: 610-782-3855

Paulette Gilfoil - CDBG Program Coordinator / Fair Housing Officer

Phone: 610-782-3566

Community and Economic Development Office

For General Questions about the Department and Programs Contact:

Cyndi King- Executive Assistant

Phone: 610-782-3565

Fax: 610-820-8257

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Latest News


June, July, and August 2018:




Lehigh County, PA will hold a second public hearing on July 18, 2018 at 12 noon, prevailing time, in the Public Hearing Room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 South 7th Street, Allentown, PA  18101.

The purpose of the public hearing is to discuss the County’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), and the community development, housing, and economic development needs of Lehigh County. 

This information will be utilized by the County in its preparation of the FY 2018 Annual Action Plan.  The allocation of funds that Lehigh County is eligible to receive is $1,227,196 in CDBG funds from HUD. In order to receive these funds, Lehigh County must prepare a One Year Annual Action Plan for the use of the CDBG funds.  At least 70% of the CDBG funds must benefit low- and moderate-income persons.  The County intends to afford citizens, local agencies, and interested parties the opportunity to become involved in the planning process. 

All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing and to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of Lehigh County residents and the use of CDBG funds over the next fiscal year.  Written comments may be addressed to Lehigh County, Government Center, Office of Community Development, 17 South 7th Street, Allentown, PA  18101 or by telephone, (610) 871-1964 on or before August 13, 2018.

Starting July 13th through August 13th, 2018, the draft Annual Action Plan will be on display at all of the libraries in Lehigh County as well as in the Office of Community Development, 17 South 7th Street, Allentown, PA  18101.  Lehigh County will submit its final Annual Action Plan by August 15, 2018.


Improvements. Growth. Accomplishments.

Lehigh County is recognized as a top ten county in the nation to attract growth, economy 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, sustainable, 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.”

 Latest News

SBA's Philadelphia Emerging Leaders Program Is Accepting Applicants!

Lehigh Valley Ranked in top 10 for Fifth Straight Year

Economic Development Partners






Of Interest


  • General Contractors to Participate in Housing Rehabs Programs

Please contact office for more information:  (610) 782-3565

New Announcements and Copies of Reports, Plans and Other Documents

Annual Action Plans  

Section 3 Plan

Five Year Consolidated Plan 


Fair Housing 

TEFRA Hearings Summer 2016:

  • St. Luke's TEFRA Hearing (Audio Recording)- 6-30-2016
  • Muhlenberg College TEFRA Hearing (Audio Recording)-  11-9-16