GLVADA releases economic study

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Jul 29, 2013   Updated: 5:53 PM EDT Jul 30, 2013

A local organization says it wants to put the Lehigh Valley back to work.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association held a job fair Tuesday at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

Before the fair got under way, the organization released its 2012 economic impact report.

Officials say more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs were attributed to the Auto Dealers Association last year, which is 300 more than 2011.

And that's not the only way the dealerships are boosting the local economy.

"We spend over a half a million dollars per rooftop on advertising every year," said Tom Kwiatek, Executive Director, GLVADA. "We spend over half a million dollars on construction and renovation at our dealerships. So we put a lot of money back in our economy."

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that includes more than 40 local dealerships.