Lehigh Valley Hosts Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Conference

Source: Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

It’s no coincidence that the annual gathering of the state’s largest association of economic development professionals was held at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) chose the Lehigh Valley to host its 2017 Fall Conference, and organizers said they chose the Renaissance because it is a symbol of the incredible revitalization the city’s downtown has undergone in recent years.

PEDA is the statewide association of local, state, corporate, and non-profit economic development professionals. Its mission is to promote sound economic development policies, provide leading-edge economic development education, and nurture an effective statewide economic development network to foster the economic growth of the Commonwealth.

The 2017 PEDA Fall Conference, which ran from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, featured professionals representing economic and community development at the municipal, county, regional, and state levels, as well as developers, business incubator operators, project finance professionals, IDA directors, elected officials, and utilities executives...

Andrew Kleiner, LVEDC Director of Redevelopment and External Affairs, hosted a panel discussion about brownfields, with speakers including Troy Conrad, manager of the Pennsylvania DEP’s Land Recycling Program; Kerry Wrobel, President of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park; and Chad Helmer, Senior Project Manager of Taggart Associates.