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Northampton County offers many opportunities for starting
or relocating a business to this area. Through partnering and
cooperation, we continue to set the stage for continuous economic
growth in our region.
Organizations

Ben Franklin Business Incubator
115 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-5421
610-861-5918
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City of Bethlehem
Department Community & Economic Development
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-865-7085
610-865-7330
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Easton Area Industrial Land Development Co., Inc.
1 South 3rd Street, 7th Floor
PO Box 936
Easton, PA 18044-0936
610-258-5647
800-537-6582
610-258-5186
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Easton Economic Development Corporation
One South Third Street, 4th Floor
Easton, PA 18042
610-250-6781
610-250-6789
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The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
840 Hamilton St Suite 205
Allentown, PA 18101
610-841-5800
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Discover Lehigh Valley 
840 Hamilton St Ste 200
Allentown, PA 18101
610-882-9200
610-882-0343
Check out our blog:
Lehigh Valley InSite
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Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
2158 Avenue C, Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-266-6851
610-266-7623
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Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc. (LVIP)
100 Brodhead Road, Suite 160
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-866-4600
610-867-9154
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Lehigh Valley International Airport
3311 Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109
610-266-6001
610-264-0115
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Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18103-9397
610-264-4544
610-264-2616
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Manufacturers Resource Center
125 Goodman Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-5599
610-758-4716
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Nazareth Chamber of Commerce
201 North Main Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
610-759-9188
610-759-5262
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Northampton Community College
Center for Business & Industry

3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-861-5580
610-861-5093
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Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
610-559-3200
610-559-3775
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Small Business Development Center
SBDC - Lehigh University
621 Taylor St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3117
610-758-3980
610-758-5205
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TeamPA CareerLink Lehigh Valley Center
1601 Union Boulevard
Allentown PA 18103
610-437-5627
610-434-4122
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TeamPA Career Link Center
220 Ferry Street
Easton, PA 18042
610-260-1708
610-250-1813
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Two Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce (TRACC)/Easton
Area Chamber of Commerce

158A Northampton Street
Easton PA 18042
610-841-5852
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For more than 250 years, Northampton County has been one of the larger and most economically important counties in the Commonwealth. When Northampton became its own county in 1752, it was primarily because the county was strategically located at the confluence of two important rivers (the Delaware and the Lehigh), and, because of that central location, was one of the most important terminals on Pennsylvania’s vital canal system. That canal system brought anthracite coal and iron ore to the emerging iron industry in and around Bethlehem, and transported the various items produced by the county’s small manufacturers to customers throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Now, the national museum affiliated with the Lehigh Canal attracts tourists and visitors from all around the Northeast to learn how this dynamic transportation system transformed America.

From about 1850 on, as iron and steel production, and the production of Portland cement, made Northampton County one of the most important industrial centers in America, the county, its two cities, and the rest of this beautiful part of eastern Pennsylvania flourished.

The legacies left behind by industrialists like Packer, Sayre, Fritz, Schwab, and Grace are evident in our colleges and universities, in the institutions, large and small, that they endowed, in the flourishing arts and cultural centers that have made Bethlehem and Easton particularly special places, and in our exceptional parks and recreational resources. Because of steel, Northampton County will always hold a key place in the history of industrial America.

But history, no matter how glorious, mostly creates libraries and museums; it rarely creates any new industrial jobs, and this community, especially with the decline and then the complete fall of Bethlehem Steel, needs new, exciting sectors of employment. Just because the Bethlehem area was once the home of some of the largest industrial buildings in North America means nothing at all for the future of our community. Now, successfully dealing with the remains of “The Steel” is a full-time job for economic development professionals; taking advantage of those “remains” to create a new prosperity for the entire community, young and old, is the challenge that Northampton County’s government leaders and its professional economic development staff are undertaking in the first decades of the 21st century.

The county government’s role in economic development is significant. Under the direction of the nine-member County Council and the County Executive, the staff of the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development is responsible for facilitating the strategic allocation of the county’s resources to encourage business growth, to create and retain employment opportunities, and to improve the quality of life in Northampton County through the support of affordable housing initiatives, the provision of community services, and investment in community and public facilities. {Photo By Hub Wilson}

Department of Community and Economic Development (NCDCED) This department provides Northampton County business owners and managers, as well as businesses looking at the community as a place to invest, with significant services and resources, which include:

Legislative Liaison and Public Relations
NCDCED provides a full-range of community and business advocacy services. If you have a project, program, product, or service you want people to know about, NCDCED can help you promote that idea. The same goes for legislative issues with your local, state, or federal government. We can help you get the ear of your legislators! NCDCED even offers a Speakers Bureau.  

Grant Writing
A full-time staff grant writer is available to assist local businesses, municipalities, and residents in qualifying and applying for local, federal, and state grants.

Financing
Through the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, Northampton County Higher Education Authority, and Northampton County Hospital Authority, NCDCED’s Authority Administrator can arrange for various types of community and economic development financing, as well as providing counsel to local business owners and managers on how to best package available programs. 

Project Planning and Consulting
NCDCED’s staff has years of experience in planning community and economic development projects. NCDCED’s experience and its multi-tiered referral network are always available to assist clients with every aspect of the development process.

The Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative
LVLRI is focused on promoting economic development through the reuse of abandoned and underutilized commercial and industrial properties, also known as brownfields.

Partner Organizations
The Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development works closely with a number of partner organizations in Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley. These partners include:

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) serves as the regional, economic development agency. LVEDC provides demographic information, finance and business incentives, site and facility availability, and workforce services. The City of Bethlehem's Office of Economic Development encourages business location and expansion through technical and site selection assistance and financial programs. The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), in partnership with the City of Easton and the Downtown Manager, assists businesses that need access to financing programs, site selection, and coordination with city and outside agencies. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was formed by Lehigh and Northampton counties in 1961 to create a comprehensive plan to guide orderly growth in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The Lehigh Valley Industrial Park (LVIP) is a community-owned, non-profit economic development corporation that was created in 1959 to take advantage of Northampton County’s exceptional geographic location, and to try to diversify the community’s economic base.

Please refer to the comprehensive listing of economic development organizations listed on the next page for detailed contact information.

NCDCED has access to numerous data-bases, archiving information on everything from available land, buildings, zoning, and infrastructure designations in the county, to general demographic information for the entire Lehigh Valley. 

NCIDA/NCGPA are the main issuers for tax exempt financing in Northampton County.

The office can assist manufacturers, 501(c)3 organizations, and exempt facilities (solid waste disposal facilities, sewage treatment facilities, local furnishings of electricity, gas and water, hazardous waste disposal facilities, etc.). The NCIDA/NCGPA also issue taxable bond financing in the county. Taxable financing programs are available to any company qualified to do business in Pennsylvania. Eligible companies may use the proceeds to acquire land and buildings, acquire machinery or equipment, for refinancing, for working capital, and for closing costs.

The Department of Community and Economic Development also assists in managing the Northampton County Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) sites. NCDCED will assist interested buyers or developers with questions regarding Northampton County’s KOZ properties and the tax benefits which are available through this program.

In addition to the key role that the Department of Community and Economic Development plays in the overall economic development strategy of Northampton County, NCDCED is also a cooperative partner in economic development in the greater Lehigh Valley.





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