News

Collaboration Is Key For Local Entrepreneurs

What do you do when there's a need for a custom product, service, or tool as a business owner? You may search online for a vendor; maybe you flip through a directory, or you might sort through an old stack of business cards. But what if…

Read More

First AEDC Annual Report in a decade uses company profiles to tell its success story

A year can be measured in 365 days, 8,760 hours or 525,600 minutes. But since the last year contained a pandemic with restrictions that lead to business closures and a sudden change to our way of living and operating, the argument can be…

Read More

Why buy local for the holidays? We’ll tell you!

For the last few years holiday shopping has been less about shopping at local stores, and more about buying from chain stores and large conglomerates. And the pandemic is making the shift to buying online from these companies even more…

Read More

The word “entrepreneur” embodies much more than its definition

From the time we are children we are taught that words have meaning, and that when used correctly they can be powerful. Since November is National Entrepreneurship Month we decided to look up the origination of entrepreneur and see how it…

Read More

Entrepreneurs try to plan for what’s ahead for their business during COVID-19

If COVID-19 threw off your business’ game plan this year, you’re not alone! Many entrepreneurs had intended to either start a new business, grow their early-stage startup, or take their established but still young business to the next…

Read More

Revamped Bridgeworks Coworking Space Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Five years ago at this time the dust had finally stopped flying after a several-months-long renovation project at Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in south Allentown. Allentown Economic Development Corporation had just won the 2014 SBA Growth…

Read More

Manufacturing Month highlights careers and economic impact of this important sector

Each October we celebrate National Manufacturing Month, which kicks off the first Friday in October for National Manufacturing Day. The event is an initiative of the Manufacturing Institute. According to the U.S. Census, “MFG Day helps…

Read More

New AEDC Controller puts personal work philosophy at core of his job

Sometimes the right opportunity comes along at the right time, even in a pandemic. That’s what happened to Robert Haas. While working in his former role as Chief Financial Officer at The Swain School in Allentown, Haas became aware of an…

Read More

Tinkering, curiosity and creativity connect members of Make Lehigh Valley makerspace at Bridgeworks

In Henry Ford’s memoir My Life and Work, the automotive pioneer shares his feelings on the importance of tinkering: “There is an immense amount to be learned simply by tinkering with things. It is not possible to learn from books how…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Robert Haas Joins Allentown Economic Development Corporation as Financial Controller

Robert Haas Joins Allentown Economic Development Corporation as Financial Controller  New hire brings decades of experience and a dedication to quality customer service.   ALLENTOWN, Pa. —October 28, 2020 — Allentown Economic…

Read More

Allentown Metal Works Project Timeline

  January 2011 Allentown Metal Works ceases operations.   February 2013 AEDC enters into an agreement of sale to purchase Allentown Metal Works from a private equity firm. It is vacant and in disrepair.   March 2013 EarthRes…

Read More

Diamond in the rough brownfield site to shine anew with redevelopment by Serfass Construction

Developable land for manufacturing in the City of Allentown has been extremely hard to come by for many years as the city continues to develop and grow. So, finding a nearly 20-acre site in the heart of the city that has been abandoned for…

Read More

Vision and determination drive AEDC Executive Director’s redevelopment efforts for Allentown Metal Works

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” was never truer. When most passersby look at the site of the former Allentown Metal Works they see large abandoned buildings, missing windows, and overgrowth. Maybe they even see the…

Read More

Coworking at Bridgeworks gets you out of the house and into a productive space

Can’t go back to the office because the pandemic caused it to shut down, but can’t work from home along with your spouse, kids, or crazy cats? We hear ya! You don’t have to huddle in the laundry room or lock yourself in the bathroom for a…

Read More

Trying to stay healthy leads more people to try High Point Kombucha

Kombucha had been enjoying a Renaissance of sorts these last few years as more and more people discover what it is and give it a try. But thanks to people looking for ways to stay healthy and boost their systems during the pandemic, local…

Read More