State Partner

The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.


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Primary Partners/Board Members

The Northampton County General Purpose Authority was created in May of 1999 to join the activities of the Northampton County Higher Education Authority and Northampton County Hospital Authority, as well as to provide a financing conduit for community based projects.


Board Member:  

Paul Anthony (2 Years)


Northampton County GPA


Mark Hartney (4 Years)

Deputy Director, Dept. of Community & Economic Development

Northampton County

Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. Lehigh is a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe.


Board Member:   

Adrienne McNeil (3 Years)

Assistance Vice President, Community and Regional Affairs

Lehigh University


PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 global energy company, is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector.  PPL’s seven high-performing, award-winning utilities – including PPL Electric Utilities, which provides safe and reliable electric service in Pennsylvania – serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Board Member:   

Jane George (1 Year)

Regional Affairs Director

PPL Corporation

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized Network providing services at more than 200 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, New Jersey.


Board Member:   

Ambreen Alam (2 Years) 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for Special Projects, Dept. of Research & Innovation

St. Luke's University Health Network

Northampton Community College is committed to quality, affordable higher education. NCC strives for accessibility, with courses scheduled at multiple campuses and locations during the day and evening, on weekends and online.


Board Member:  

Raja Bhattacharya (2 Years)

Founding Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Northampton Community College

Lehigh Valley Health Network is comprised of four hospital campuses in Allentown, Bethlehem and Hazleton along with health centers, physicians' practices, clinics, pharmacy, imaging, home care, hospice, laboratory and insurance services available throughout the Lehigh Valley.


Board Member:   

Nathan Yonney (2 Years)

Business Planner & Project Manager

Lehigh Valley Health Network

EcoTech Marine (KIZ Alumni Company) has set all new industry standards for aquarium equipment. Their technologically superior products produce unmatched performance—and their commitment to elegant design minimizes the equipment’s visual intrusion into your aquarium.


Board Member:   

Patrick Clasen (6 Years)

Co-Founder & Director of Finance

EcoTech Marine, Inc.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.  Their mission is to boost the northeastern Pennsylvania economy with new and retained jobs, new technology companies, and established manufacturers that are more competitive.


Board Member:   

Anthony Durante (1 Year)

Manager of Entrepreneurial Support

Ben Franklin Technology Partners - Northeastern PA

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to serve as a regional shared services and resource center to help businesses to come, grow, and start here.


Board Member:   

Doug Warfel (3 Years)

Director of Regional Lending

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing their clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. 


Board Member:   

Jaime Ryan (2 Years)

Relationship Manager

PNC Bank

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.


Board Member:   

Amy Burkhart (4 Years)

Deputy Director, Dept. of Community & Economic Development

City of Bethlehem

The Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation promotes economic development of the City of Bethlehem and promote and assist the growth and development of all business concerns, including small business concerns, in the said area, with an emphasis on promoting the development of manufacturing, industrial, research and development enterprises.


Board Member:   

Alicia Miller Karner (6 Years)

Executive Director, BEDCO

City of Bethlehem

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Advisory Partners/Board Members

The mission of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Lehigh University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs wanting to start or grow a small business. SBDC consultants work one on one with entrepreneurs to help test a new business proposition, shape a business plan, or investigate funding issues.


Board Member:   

Rob Mineo (4 Years)

Financing Assistance Program Director
Lehigh University Small Business Development Center

Rising Tide Community Fund supports the prospective, start-up and established small businesses whose risk factors make it difficult to obtain funds from traditional lenders, but who inevitably make up the backbone of a thriving local economy.

Board Member:   

Chris Hudock (3 Years)

Rising Tide Community Loan Fund

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