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Sep 11, 2017

Video: Allentown Transformation

This video, put together by City Center Lehigh Valley, showcases the transformation of Allentown and highlights the many projects that led to the transformation, many of which we were a part of.  Not to mention – one of these buildings is now our home!

If you have any questions about local economic development projects, please email a member of our group at or gsimmons@nmmlaw.comRead More

Feb 24, 2017

Lehigh Valley Allentown Ranked in Top Places to Live

With our Pennsylvania office located in downtown Allentown, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus is proud to take part in the transformation and redevelopment of Allentown, which has earned Allentown and the Lehigh Valley 79th place among the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Places to Live list.

Allentown ranked higher than New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New Orleans, with a score of 6.1 out of 10, based on quality of life, value of living, people’s desire to live there, and the job market.» Read More

Feb 24, 2017

Pennsylvania’s P3 Project: The First of its Kind

As widely reported, our Economic Development Practice Group, spearheaded by John Lushis, has been involved in a project with Northampton County, as solicitor to its General Purpose Authority, to address 33 bridges that require substantial rehabilitation or replacement.  This project, known as a P3 project, is being undertaken pursuant to Act 88 through the Commonwealth’s P3 legislation, which focuses on transportation and related infrastructure repairs, improvement, and replacement.» Read More

Feb 06, 2017

Innovative public/private partnership in Norco could expand beyond bridge repair

Lehigh Valley Business published an article today highlighting our recent public/private partnership (“P3”) seminar and the P3 project in Northampton County that involves the rebuild and repair of 33 bridges. To read the full article, please click here.

For more information regarding P3 projects, please contact John Lushis, Esq. at jlushis@nmmlaw.comRead More

Jan 11, 2017

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation – Helping businesses move to, and succeed in, the Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation has just released the third issue of its magazine, Lehigh Valley Economic Development, with a cover story featuring the region’s coordinated workforce training efforts, including LVEDC’s collaboration between higher education institutions and regional employers. » Read More

Jan 03, 2017

Join us at our next seminar: Public-Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects

John F. Lushis, Jr., Esq., (Solicitor to  NCGPA), Peter D. Hutcheon, Esq., John Brown (Northampton County Executive), Stan Rugis (Northampton County Director of Public Works), Ryan Durkin (Northampton County Solicitor), and Shawn Langen (NCGPA Chair), are pleased to invite you to “Public Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects,” on Thursday, January 26. In this presentation, we will discuss the structure of P3 projects and the opportunities and advantages they provide.» Read More

Dec 06, 2016

Predicting the Future of P3 Projects

We predict that the Trump administration will devote approximately $500 billion towards infrastructure improvements through public-private partnership (P3) grants and investments – similar to the Northampton County P3 bridge project but on a grand national scale. We also foresee that the Hyperloop One company will play a substantial role in this exciting endeavor, dramatically improving transportation around the country. Hyperloop is a company founded by Elon Musk of Tesla fame in a garage in Los Angeles in 2014.» Read More

Oct 31, 2016

Congratulations to LVEDC for Winning the ‘Excellence in Development Finance Program’ Award

We would like to congratulate our friends at the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (“LVEDC”) for being awarded the prestigious ‘Excellence in Development Finance Program’ Award by the Council of Development Finance Agencies (“CDFA”).  The award recognized LVEDC’s “Lehigh Valley Lending Network” which is a partnership between the LVEDC and 15 Lehigh Valley banks, offering a single avenue to public and private financing for Lehigh Valley businesses. » Read More

Mar 10, 2016

“Retail Mosaic” Competition Coming to Allentown

The City of Allentown announced yesterday that it will be hosing a “Retail Mosaic” Competition, which is a Shark Tank-like competition that is aiming to open 10 new retail locations in Allentown. The winners of the competition will receive up to $15,000 in loans. Here are some important dates:

March 23 – Pre-application due – click here
April 8 – Full business plan and application due
Up to 20 applicants will be selected to “pitch” their business idea Shark Tank style
May 4 – Selected applicants will make their 10 minute pitches
Week of May 9 – Winners will be notified with the loan closings being held between the end of May and mid-June

Professionals, including me, will provide legal or other assistance to the selected entrepreneurs at free or reduced rates.» Read More

Feb 16, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know Law Update: PUC Appeals Right-To-Know Decision to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In December of 2013, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) and an electric utility company reached a settlement regarding an anonymous complaint letter from an employee of the utility.  The employee alleged that during the October 2011 snowstorm electric outages, a work crew member deviated from an assigned high-priority area and allegedly diverted to a lower-priority area.» Read More


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