David Dunn, AEDC Loan Program Manager, appears as a guest of WDIY 88.1 Lehigh Valley Public Radio’s business program, Lehigh Valley Discourse.

In June of 2021, WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse introduced a new program targeting leaders, resources, and information specifically for the business community called “Lehigh Valley Business Beat.”

David’s taping is the first time the WDIY crew recorded together in-studio since COVID-19 halted in-person gatherings and forced the world to work from home last March.

David enjoyed the opportunity to chat with show host Sally Handlon at the WDIY studio in Bethlehem’s Wells Fargo building. The two have been colleagues and friends working together to help small businesses for the past ten years. Their collaboration began in 2012 while developing an idea for a program that would connect small businesses with large businesses along with federal, state, and local government agencies to support local sourcing and supplier diversity. That idea came to fruition and became known as the Meet the Buyers show. David worked with Sally on the plan, development, and in 2013, event logistics for the first successful show.

Working together once again, this time on-air, the two discuss redevelopment opportunities, urban manufacturing, and available business funding. David walks listeners through the three “legs” of AEDC, providing history about The Bridgeworks Center, Urban Made, and Urban Sites programs. He explains how business owners throughout the entire Lehigh Valley-not just Allentown- can benefit from AEDC‘s initiatives, specifically the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority Loan Fund (PMBDA) program.

David’s on-air chat with WDIY 88.1 FM host Sally Handlon was broadcast on Thursday, July 15th at 6pm as a feature on Lehigh Valley Discourse’s new program, Lehigh Valley Business Beat.


Lauren Matthews