As the Lehigh County Authority began to close in on its deal for the Allentown, Pa., water and sewer concession, calls from all over the country came into Aurel Arndt.

"They came from the Chicago area, Texas, Kentucky, wanting to know more about it," Arndt, the authority's general manager, said in an interview Thursday in New York, where The Bond Buyer honored two Allentown transactions, including the water concession, as co-winners of its Northeast Deal of the Year award for 2013.

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