Area governments to meet tonight on regional business strategy

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Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. of Bethlehem will host the first meeting of its Local Government Council at 7 tonight at Whitehall High School.

The agency is looking to create a regional strategy for guiding the Lehigh Valley's economic development goals for the next decade.

Elected and appointed officials from all 62 local governments in the Lehigh Valley, along with officials from Lehigh and Northampton counties, are invited to participate in the council, which will focus on local government's involvement in economic development.

"Thirty-four of these 62 municipalities indicated that they will have someone on hand tonight," said John McGran, vice president of marketing for LVEDC. "This is an exciting one because it's the first meeting of all 62 municipalities that make up the Lehigh Valley."

Jay Garner of Garner Economics LLC of Atlanta, a nationally recognized economic development expert and site selector, will give a presentation that includes a sneak preview of his findings from a six-month study LVEDC commissioned, which should be finished in early 2014, McGran said this morning.

The goal is to have quarterly meetings with LVEDC's six councils that result in economic development forums such as these, McGran said.

LVEDC plans to use the findings and these meetings to help create the regional strategy for the next decade.

LVEDC will make tonight's town hall meeting available online at 8 p.m. Monday through the website www.lehighvalley.org.

This study is paid for with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The work under this plan is part of Envision Lehigh Valley, an organization focused on sustainable economic development in the Lehigh Valley.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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