Cindy Feinberg was named LVEDC's Most Valuable Person for 2013

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She has a big heart and is sweet, but inside she's a tiger whenit comes to competition.Those traits, in turn, helped Cindy McDonnell Feinbergspur a “whirlwind of new development in Lehigh County,” Don Cunningham,president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., said Wednesdaynight at LVEDC's annual awards ceremony in Allentown.Feinberg was named LVEDC's Most Valuable Person for 2013 thanksto her role in deals that resulted in a total investment of $286 million andthe creation or retention of 740 jobs for Lehigh County – transactions thatoccurred the past eight years when she was director of the county's Departmentof Community and Economic Development.Feinberg said she was "honored and humbled" by theaward, which was a surprise announcement at the ceremony, held at MillerSymphony Hall. This fall, Feinberg resigned her county post to launch FeinbergReal Estate Advisors LLC in South Whitehall Township, a venture she isundertaking with her husband, Gregg Feinberg."It was a wonderful ride. … I had the best job in the entireLehigh Valley," Feinberg told the audience of several hundred business andeconomic development professionals.Cunningham emceed the ceremony, which also honored sevencompanies that received awards that were announced last week. In his remarks,Cunningham stressed that the area needs to work together as a region to attractand grow business, saying that the "real competition" is outside theLehigh Valley.Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, whose city is undergoing adramatic infusion of new construction in its center city, told audience membersthey all should be award winners."Allentown literally is rebuilding itself … because of allof you in this room …," Pawlowski said. "You are all helping torebuild the economy of Allentown and the economy of this region."The other award 2013 LVEDC award winners:• National Penn Bank won Urban Project of the Year – Commercialfor moving its headquarters to Two City Center in Allentown and helping tospearhead the downtown's massive boom in redevelopment.• Crayola LLC won Urban Project of the Year – Industrial for itsnew distribution center in South Bethlehem, one that will rely heavily on railtransportation.• Green Knight Economic Development Corp. was named LVEDCPartner of the Year for offering more than $1 million in funds for the buildingof the Slate Belt YMCA in Pen Argyl.• Michelman Steel Enterprises LLC won New Business Project ofthe Year for bringing steel-making back to the Lehigh Valley with a fabricationfacility in Upper Macungie Township.• Follett Corp. won Expansion Project of the Year for expandingand adding new equipment at its Forks Township facility, retaining 300employees and making room for 50 new jobs.• Freshpet won Attraction Project of the Year – Small/MediumBusiness. The company moved to Lehigh Valley Industrial Park IV in HanoverTownship, Northampton County, a $30 million undertaking that created 125 newjobs.

• Ocean SprayCranberries Inc. won Attraction Project of the Year – Large Business. It plansto open a $110 million nearly 300,000-square-foot facility in Upper MacungieTownship in the first quarter of 2014, employing 165 people.