Economic Development

Delaware & Lehigh - Economic Development

We connect towns and cities to opportunities for economic development.

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC) contributes to national and state economies through its signature programs, events, and outdoor recreation opportunities afforded by the D&L Trail. In a 2017 study, it was found that DLNHC had an economic impact of $475 million, generated through direct jobs, wages, salaries, consumer spending, tax revenue, and more.

D&L Trail

The D&L Trail affords outdoor recreation opportunities and a transportation route that connect trail users to businesses across Eastern Pennsylvania, increasing accessibility and patronage to the communities along the Corridor. Moreover, homes in the Corridor experience increased property value based on proximity to the D&L Trail. Visit our online interactive map to learn about the trail near you.

Trail Friendly Businesses

D&L Trail Friendly Business program highlights local businesses that provide great customer support and cater to the needs of runners, hikers, and bikers who use the D&L Trail. These businesses create a trail friendly atmosphere that welcomes outdoor enthusiasts. These businesses know what trail users need and take the extra steps to make sure you have a great experience. 

Trail Towns

Launched in 2017, building on the past success of the Market and Landmark Town programs, DLNHC guides the public, businesses, and municipalities through a process that identifies ways for their town to create a trail friendly atmosphere. The process results in improved trails, communities, and economies for trail users and residents to enjoy.