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I invite you to consider the City of Bethlehem as an opportunity for business expansion.

Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania, a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today, Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city’s past.  Bethlehem is located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City and is part of the Lehigh Valley region.  The Lehigh Valley is a two-county region in eastern Pennsylvania consisting of 62 distinct municipalities and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.  There are more than 15,000 businesses located within the beautiful Lehigh Valley, of all sizes and in virtually every industry, from global leaders to small start-ups. The region is the fastest growing and third most populous area in the state of Pennsylvania with a population of nearly 670,000 residents.

Boasting two beautiful downtown districts, the Historic Moravian District and the Cultural Arts District, our small business owners flourish, serving the tourist population, local and surrounding area residents, and the college students that attend Moravian College, Lehigh University and Northampton Community College. The Historic Hotel Bethlehem anchors the Moravian District on Main Street, and The Sands Casino, ArtsQuest and the Steel Stacks Event Center anchor the Cultural Arts District, collectively pulling in tens of thousands of people annually. 

Affectionately referred to as “The Christmas City,” Bethlehem is home to many Holiday festivals and events that crowd our streets during the winter months. With Musikfest in the summer, Christkindlmarkt & Christmas City Village in the winter, “First Fridays” every month, and much more, there is a steady influx of patrons eager to soak up all that Bethlehem has to offer throughout the entire year. From craft breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies, boutiques, restaurants, historical landmarks and the oldest book shop in the country, our small business owners and organizations offer a wide variety of goods and services.

We also offer business incentives for small business owners looking to launch or expand here. These incentives include grant and loan funding and technical assistance to work with you to find the perfect location. We would love the opportunity to discuss Bethlehem and how it can be the perfect place for expanding your business. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Business Development and Retention Specialist.

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