LVEDC announces new leadership in management shakeup

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Photo by Brian Pedersen: Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Don Cunningham speaks at a recent event. He has made leadership changes at the LVEDC in recent weeks.
Photo by Brian Pedersen: Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Don Cunningham speaks at a recent event. He has made leadership changes at the LVEDC in recent weeks.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. has announced new leadership.

Matthew Tuerk, 38, of Allentown has been promoted to vice president of administration and investor relations.

Jarrett Witt, 34, of Bethlehem Township has been promoted to vice president of economic development.

In July, the LVEDC announced the departure of Jean Mateff, vice president of administration and investor relations, Pete Reinke, vice president of development, and Bob Bilheimer, director of business retention and expansion, as part of a restructuring.

At the time, Don Cunningham, president and CEO, said the changes were part of a yearlong analysis to improve the strategy, structure and performance of the organization.

Tuerk joined LVEDC in February as its first director of research and innovation. He previously had been assistant director, responsible for finance and operations, at the Allentown Economic Development Corp.

Witt is in his ninth year at LVEDC, where he has served as director of business development, regional development manager and business development specialist.

According to Cunningham, the promotion of Witt and Tuerk leaves three positions open at LVEDC, which are being redefined to better fit the strategic mission of LVEDC and the Lehigh Valley's needs.

He said the staffing changes for the organization, which has 14 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $2.1 million, were budget-neutral.

In addition, LVEDC hired Jaime Whalen, 36, of Easton, most recently an economic development analyst in the Northampton County community and economic development department, to serve as LVEDC's finance administrator, a position vacated by the retirement of Judy Yanega.

Stacy Wescoe

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