The Lehigh Valley is keeping a tight grip on its status as a place for economic development.

Site Selection magazine has released its annual Governor's Cup Awards.

The publication ranked the Lehigh Valley ninth-best among metro areas with populations between 200-thousand and 1-million.

 It's the fifth year in a row the Lehigh Valley has made the top ten in that category.

Site Selection covers corporate real estate and economic development.

Pennsylvania ranked third overall.. and first in the northeastern U.S.