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The Lehigh Valley saw another year of historic economic growth in 2017, which speaks to the remarkable diversity among our various economic sectors, a sign of a well-balanced and multifaceted economy.
The region’s gross domestic product has surpassed the $39 billion mark for the first time in its history. That’s more economic output from the two-county region of 665,000 people than the entire states of Vermont or Wyoming, as well as 108 other countries in the world. And while transportation and warehousing is our fastest-growing sector, manufacturing still makes up a significantly larger portion of our GDP, contributing $6.9 billion, or nearly 18 percent of the total.
We’ve tracked 31 business attraction/expansion projects either announced, under construction, or completed in the Lehigh Valley in 2017, creating more than 2,200 jobs and retaining more than 1,300. LVEDC also provided access to $17.2 million in financing in 2017, resulting in another 810 jobs either created or retained.