City of Allentown Recompete Plan

*2023 Recompete Finalist and Strategy Development Grant Recipient

Application Title: City of Allentown Recompete Plan

Lead Applicant: City of Allentown

State(s) Served: Pennsylvania

Applicant-Defined Region: Six Census tracts in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Contact:  Trevor Tormann (

The City of Allentown Recompete Plan, led by the city of Allentown, requests approximately $20 million to connect residents in the most distressed neighborhoods to good jobs in growing industries. Residents face transportation, childcare, skill, and education barriers to employment in manufacturing and healthcare sectors, which employ an estimated 1 out of 3 workers in the Lehigh Valley region. The plan will develop a trained, diverse workforce by connecting underserved communities to high-opportunity industries. By working with labor unions and employers to expand apprenticeships, skills training, and re-entry programs, investing in micro-transit and childcare services, and funding site development, residents in underserved communities will face fewer barriers to employment.

Recompete Plan Narrative (PDF)

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