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Nov 07, 2017

John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.» Read More

Nov 03, 2017

NMM Hosts Event with Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood

On Wednesday, November 1, we were fortunate enough to host an event with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Secretary LaHood discussed the issues plaguing the nation’s infrastructure and the need for a new, well-funded infrastructure bill – which he hopes the current administration will pass.

Lehigh Valley Business covered the event (click here to read the article), and mentioned the Northampton County P3 project, which the Northampton County GPA and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus were recently recognized for.» Read More

Nov 03, 2017

NM&M Helps Pave the Way for More P3 Projects

On October 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 118, which amended the Commonwealth Administrative Code to provide for, among other things, the construction of new jail facilities.  Specifically, the legislation allows third class counties having a certain population and jail facilities more than 100 years old, such as Northampton County, to construct new jail facilities using a “P3” public-private partnership structure.  » Read More

Oct 24, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Honored by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., was honored by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission at its fourth annual Planning + Development Gala at DeSales University Center in Center Valley this week.  The firm was awarded in Transportation Planning for the Economic Development Practice Group’s involvement in Northampton County’s public/private bridge partnership.  For more information, read the Lehigh Valley Business article, “Planning commission honors businesses, municipalities.”» Read More

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