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Chambourcin Weekend: Celebrating Lehigh Valley's grape

It's deep, dark and a bit mysterious.<p>Chambourcin, the Lehigh Valley's grape, is known for its rich flavor, its sturdiness as a crop and its broad …

Lower Saucon Council to hear report on ways to draw, keep business

Wednesday night, Lower Saucon Township Council is expected to hear a report from its Economic Development Task Force that's been more than nine …

New PPL Center hopes to revitalize Lehigh Valley

The newly opened $177 million PPL Center in Allentown aims to be an economic boost for the Lehigh Valley.<p>The first event at the new center - an …

TEDx Lehigh River planned for Allentown

A 30-year initiative to spread great ideas hits the Lehigh Valley this month with TEDx Lehigh River at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.<p>TED began in …

Lehigh Valley pet food maker files IPO

NEW YORK - Lehigh Valley pet food maker FreshPet on Monday filed for an initial public offering valued at up to $100 million.<p>FreshPet Inc. didn't say …

Lehigh Valley natural gas station to get major boost

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest provider of natural gas transportation fuel in North America, is preparing for $1.08 million in upgrades to a …

GRAPE CHEMISTRY Schuylkill winemaker only second from East to win international title

With an infant and 3- and 8-year-old in tow, Sarah Troxell was enjoying family life as usual in Douglassville, Berks County, with her husband, Galen …

PPL spinoff Talen will stay in the Lehigh Valley

PPL Corp.'s power generation spinoff Talen Energy will keep its headquarters in the Lehigh Valley.<p>"The Talen headquarters will be somewhere local," …

Easton ramps up development downtown and beyond

Easton's downtown revival continues to bring startling changes to a city whose comeback has been gradual but steady.<p>While Downtown Allentown is the …

Lehigh Valley business leaders to be honored by Alliance for Building Communities

Scott Fainor, president and CEO of National Penn Bank, J.B. Reilly of City Center Investment Corp. and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will be honored …

New technology, aging population drive boom in health care construction

The significant growth of health care in the region continues to rise, and, with it, so does the construction of new facilities to meet the demand …

Will PPL spinoff Talen Energy bolt Allentown?

Allentown is engaged in a high-stakes effort to keep PPL Corp.'s soon-to-be-created power generation and marketing spinoff company Talen Energy in …

Allentown arena to hold free open house

Downtown arts celebration will mark PPL Center opening<br>Downtown arts celebration will mark PPL Center opening

Lehigh Valley

Developer: Allentown tower plan will move forward, with or without tenants

A little more than a year after pitching plans for a 33-story tower that would eclipse the iconic PPL tower, Allentown developer Bruce Loch was back …

Allentown art gallery gets OK for new uses

They came poised for a fight, but left in celebration.<p>The Allentown Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously Monday to expand the allowable uses for …

Digital sign gets OK for Allentown Center Square

Developers behind a controversial digital sign on Allentown's Center Square got the go-ahead Monday to light it up, but without a stocks ticker …

PPL Center jobs staying close to home

After months of task force meetings, community outcry and job fairs designed to draw city residents, Allentown officials say their efforts have begun …

Bethlehem plans to start ambassadors program in South Side business district

Bethlehem plans to start an ambassadors program in the South Side business district similar to Easton's ambassadors program.<p>The ambassadors will help …

Philly Cheesesteak Icon to Open in Lehigh Valley

Tony Luke's has signed a deal with City Center Investment Corp. to open a franchise location in Allentown, Pa., in September. It will be the …

Trifecta goes counter-culture in new downtown Allentown office digs

The first thing you notice when you walk off the elevator onto the sixth floor of Trifecta Technologies' new Allentown headquarters is the commanding …

Will organic farming save Lehigh Valley farmers?

Inside a Lower Macungie government building that used to be a barn, plans moved ahead for nearly 3 million square feet of warehouses on some of the …

Retail, residential and commercial space eyed for old factory

Spillman Farmer Architects of Bethlehem is looking to create a mixed-use development that would boost economic activity on an abandoned industrial …

Airport authority approves $9.9M land sale to FedEx, Rockefeller Group

The FedEx Ground distribution center is a step closer to reality.<p>The approval of two separate agreements by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority …

Route 22 to benefit from new transportation plan that adds $2B a year

The Pennsylvania Transportation Commission has announced the latest update to the Act 89 transportation plan, which will add about $2 billion a year …

Coordinated Health showcases latest site, in Bethlehem Township

Offering its first public tour of its newest facility, Coordinated Health officials introduced the features of the latest campus to join the …

Vince's Cheesesteaks closing, moving closer to downtown Allentown

Working for his father's cheesesteak shop since he was a child, Vince Cocca Jr. continued his father's legacy and 60-year cheesesteak business, …

First tenant moves into redeveloped Allentown landmark

Trifecta Technologies, an information technology business solutions provider in Wescosville, has moved into The Trifecta Building at 612 Hamilton St. …

Lehigh Valley workers finding jobs

After nearly two years of unemployment, Paul Bunting believes his luck has finally turned, as it has recently for many Lehigh Valley job seekers …