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Community and Economic Development

DCED LogoLehigh 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.

For the past eight years the department’s grant programs have supported high priority projects in 21 of the County’s twenty-five municipalities, aimed at enriching their economic viability by upgrading aging infrastructure, supporting aesthetic improvements within the downtowns, and assisting agencies focused on providing safe, affordable and sustainable housing programs.

To date, approximately $4.6 million dollars of Lehigh County funds and over $45 million dollars of state and federal funds which the County administers has been awarded to the participating communities, various Lehigh County-based projects and forty-four non-profits, not-for-profits and industries which leveraged an additional $90 million dollars in matching funds for various community and economic development projects in Lehigh County.


Latest News

Lehigh County recognized as a top ten county in the nation to attract growth and investment

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.”

“Lehigh County understood years ago that regional collaboration positions us to be a top economic growth center by providing a very good environment to recruit businesses and retain those already here," said County Executive Bill Hansell.  “And continued smart investments by both the public and private sectors in a diversified economy will lead us to a prosperous future.”

Lehigh Valley Ranked in top 10 for Fifth Straight Year
What will Lehigh Valley Be Like in 5 years...10 years...20 years?

Envision Lehigh Valley would like your help?

Envision Lehigh Valley is a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Lehigh and Northampton Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley.  This three year visioning project is funded through a Sustainable Communities grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

                Over the course of the next three years, Envision Lehigh Valley will be gathering input from all residents of the Lehigh Valley in order to create a vision for the future of the region and to update the region’s current “Comprehensive Plan The Lehigh Valley…2030.”

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In addition to the above mentioned partnerships, Lehigh County’s Department of Community and Economic Development also works with many agencies and organizations who share the same goal of making Lehigh County vibrant! 

Some organizations include:


Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentLVEDC

 LV Land Recycling Initiative  LVPC


 Discover Lehigh ValleyChamber of Commerce

PA LV Workforce Investment Board         Envision Lehigh Valley Home Page

Renew Lehigh Valley logo                      Bethlehem PA logo


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Additional Economic Development Partners

  • Economic Development Partners