I’ve lived in Lehigh Valley pretty much my entire life. So trying to imagine what it would be like to be in the shoes of someone who has never been to the Valley is very difficult for me to do. But I tried anyhow.
Last Thursday, I attended Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, complete with dinner at the hotel’s 1741 on the Terrace restaurant. The topic of the meeting was how to create an environment where small businesses and entrepreneurs will thrive. En route to the meeting, I began thinking what makes Lehigh Valley appealing to someone who may be interested in operating a business or just visiting.
- For the most part, the region is pretty scenic.
- Compared to larger cities, traffic normally isn't a killer.
- The location is close to major metros like New York and Philadelphia.
- Cost of living is decent.
The list goes on and on (otherwise I would have moved by now!).
Since I was in an “out of towner” mindset, I almost immediately felt the charm of the city as I drove through Historic Downtown Bethlehem: quaint shops, eye-popping curb appeal and dining options galore. To top it off, as I pulled into the lot for Hotel Bethlehem, two bellmen dressed in coats and hats were greeting and directing each car. It really added to the experience I had that evening (bravo, LVEDC, and congrats on that new, forward-thinking logo!).
In my mind, Lehigh Valley is the perfect place to live, work and play. So I’m curious:
- What do you look for when relocating or deciding to stay in a region?
- What is it that makes you decide where to visit?
- What are you opinions of Lehigh Valley?
- Would you start a business in the region? Or, if you’re already here, do you plan to keep your business here?
- Have you already discovered Lehigh Valley for a vacation? Or, is it inviting enough for you to check it out down the road?