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
Categories: Economic, Press Release, General News Article, Chamber
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
Categories: Community, Education, GRCEDC, Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Workforce
Ground was broken Monday morning for the future medical school that will stand on what used to be a parking lot for the former VF Outlet Center in Wyomissing.
The Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is scheduled to open at The Knitting Mills for the 2020-21 academic year.
According to local officials, it's part of a potential economic boom not only to Wyomissing and West ...read more
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance has several stated missions. Among them is attracting and retaining talent in Berks County.
So how does bringing Leadership Berks under GRCA help support that mission?
“It certainly is one of the ways in which the alliancerealizes that, because that's part of what Leadership Berks is all about,” Leadership Berks Director Toni Eckert said. “By getting people ...read more
The 38 graduates of the Leadership Berks Class of 2019 filed one-by-one across the stage at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing as their names, and the name of the company that sponsored each, poured through the loudspeaker.
The list of sponsors, each of whom laid out $2,920, read like a who's who of community-minded organizations.
The usual suspects were represented. East Penn ...read more
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
Categories: Economic, GRCEDC, Chamber, Community, General News Article
Henry Winkler first thought of acting for a living when he was growing up in New York City.
However, there was a problem.
“I was learning challenged from the beginning of my life,” he said. “They had to write my name on my tie.
“I was bad at math. I was bad at writing. I couldn't spell. I was great at eating lunch.”
Adding to the problem was little, or no, support at home.
“If people were ...read more
Categories: Community, GRCEDC, Chamber, Education, Human Interest
In Berks County, we're lucky to have a strong group of powerful women leaders. Nowhere is this more evident than our business community.
Each year, the Greater Reading Chamber announces the ranking of the top 50 area companies and entrepreneurs, based on compiled revenue growth data, at our annual dinner. And each year the list reflects the amazing diversity of companies that operate in Berks. ...read more
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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The news that CarbonLITE Holdings LLC plans to locate in Muhlenberg Township is encouraging not just from an economic point of view, but from an environmental one.
The Los Angeles-based firm is planning to build a 270,000-square-foot processing facility at 4030 Pottsville Pike. The $80 million plant is to employ more than 100 people and is expected to be operational by early 2020, according to ...read more
In 2017, researcher Khaled Bahei-Eldin made a big career move to Berks County. He left Albany, N.Y., to take on a new role at EnerSys, the battery maker in Bern Township.
Bahei-Eldin became the director for energy storage systems at EnerSys, joining the company’s product development efforts.
Key to his transition in what could have been a distracting and difficult relocation process was the ...read more
Following a trend sweeping through chambers of commerce nationwide, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance announced Thursday it is creating a tiered membership structure that will spur interest among local businesses, and financial stability for the chamber.
"It's the right direction to move," said chamber President and CEO Randy Peers during a press conference held at the chamber's headquarters ...read more
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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For the past century, deals for naming rights have become commonplace in corporate America.
One of the earliest examples occurred in 1926 when chewing gum maker Wrigley purchased the Chicago Cubs and changed the name from Cubs Park to Wrigley Field.
We mostly think about multimillion-dollar naming rights deals for large capital building projects such as municipal convention centers or sport ...read more