The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) today announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) approved six economic development loans at its August board meeting for Berks County farms:$400,000 to help Matthew and Judith Leid purchase a 147-acre crop farm in Greenwich Twp.$237,000 to assist Dwight and Kathi Zimmerman with the construction of a broiler house in Upper ...read more
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The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Julie Larison, who will join the team as the Director of Membership. Within this role, Larison is looking forward to aligning her expertise in business development and communications to serve and champion the many businesses and organizations that comprise the Berks County community.
“Berks County is a vital ...read more
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Minimum wage, welfare to work and charter cyber schools were among the topics touched on Friday at the legislative breakfast hosted by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing.
The Berks County state delegation was invited to participate in a panel discussion, and most did, including senators Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat; Katie Muth, a ...read more
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There's something troubling happening in the shopping mall industry. When a shopping mall files for bankruptcy, there are some notorious bottom-feeders that buy them for pennies on the dollar.
Typically these companies are backed by hedge funds whose only interest is to squeeze every penny out of their “investment.”
Their business model is to fire almost everyone and make no improvements while ...read more
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A distillery and tasting room is expected to open soon on Penn Street in downtown Reading.
Chris Flowers, owner and distiller of Reading Distilling Guild, has started construction at 503 Penn St. and hopes to be up and running by July. Flowers said Thursday that he has been planning the distillery and tasting room since last June.
“Nothing is easy, but you got to work for some things,” he ...read more
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Berks County Commissioner Chairman Christian Y. Leinbach
"I really believe it is a shame on two counts. One, one of the critical aspects of a free society is a free press, and right now in Berks County the primary press entity is the Reading Eagle.
"Under local ownership, there is a direct connection and desire to serve the local community. I'm not sure we're going to see the same thing if ...read more
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