ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Are you spending more money this summer dining out, traveling, or experiencing the many attractions right here in the Lehigh Valley? If so, you are not alone.

Consumers across the country are gaining confidence in the economy, and now is one of the best times in years for businesses to seek loans.

Phil Jackson, President of Corporate Banking for Univest Bank and Trust Co., sat down with WFMZ's Eve Tannery on 69 News at Sunrise to share his perspective on the local and national economy.