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Getting ahead through hands-on career experience in manufacturing

Arguably the best way to prepare someone to enter the manufacturing field is through early training in the workforce. That can come in the form of an internship, cooperative education program, pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship. These programs provide students with the chance to use the skills they learned at a career and technical school or community […]

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AEDC Presents Organization Overview to City Council Committee

In 2019, Allentown Economic Development Corporation will celebrate its 40thanniversary. Since its founding in 1979, AEDC has focused its mission on improving vacant and underutilized properties in the Queen City in order to create an environment where manufacturers and other companies can flourish and grow. At the request of Allentown City Council Member Courtney Robinson, […]

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2018 Year in Review – Overview

AEDC discusses manufacturing and retail job outlook with state elected officials and regional economic developers Entitled “Where are the jobs?” it featured representatives from regional economic development, municipal, and union organizations who shared their expertise on how things like automation in manufacturing and the growth of online sales are impacting the job market landscape in […]

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2018 Year in Review – Lending Programs Overview

Each year AEDC empowers local businesses to grow and expand through the two loan programs it administers, the Allentown Enterprise Zone Revolving Loan Fund and the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority Revolving Loan Fund. AEDC begins administering PMBDA loans for Lehigh Valley In February, AEDC became the official administering agency for the Pennsylvania Minority Business […]

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2018 Year in Review – Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

Bridgeworks Enterprise Center is the only business incubator in the Lehigh Valley dedicated primarily to manufacturing startups ranging from advanced plastic polymer formulation to sophisticated design engineering and rapid prototyping techniques. Its goal is to provide the resources to help startups move from the launch process to self-sustaining profitability, then to graduate them into the […]

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TRuCapSol Celebrates Grand Opening of its Bridgeworks Lab

Allentown, Pa. — November 29, 2018 — On Thursday, Allentown Economic Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of TRuCapSol LLC’s laboratory at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. The startup venture joined the business incubation program in May and has spent the last several months fitting out its laboratory. “We are happy to celebrate the opening of […]

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Lessons Learned from Bridgeworks Graduates

November was National Entrepreneurship Month as started by presidential proclamation under President Obama in 2016. Since the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center at Allentown Economic Development Corporation is focused on helping startup manufacturing entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the Queen City, we thought we’d talk to three of our business incubator graduates to get their insights on […]

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How face-to-face time with customers is critical to success

By Anthony Durante, Program Manager, Bridgeworks Enterprise Center   At least once per week, I have this conversation with a prospective entrepreneur: Entrepreneur: “I have an awesome idea for a product!” Me: “What problem are you solving for your potential customers?” (Entrepreneur responds with a long list of features that he or she is planning to […]

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AEDC Launches Sponsorship Drive

When the nonprofit Allentown Economic Development Corporation based its manufacturing-focused business incubator in a former Mack Trucks assembly plant nearly 30 years ago, it brought back to life a 62,501 sq. ft. vacant building that might have otherwise gone unused for decades. Since then, the business incubator has graduated 33 companies that have created more […]

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PPL Provides Foundation Grant to Support Economic Development

AEDC receives $5,000 from PPL to support program activities Allentown, Pa. — October 15, 2018 — The Allentown Economic Development Corporation has received a $5,000 contribution to support its economic development programs from the PPL Foundation. “We appreciate the continued support of the AEDC mission by the PPL Foundation,” said Executive Director Scott Unger. “It […]

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