Greater Reading Ecomonic Partnership Blog

The Economic State of Greater Reading (Part 1)

The Local Economy Center at Franklin & Marshall College and recently released their 2014 Reading Economic Report. Using series of data and various charts, the report offers an in-depth look into the economic state of Greater Reading, including key demographics information, trends in specific industries, and the most prominent challenges and opportunities in our  Continue Reading »

The Top Resources for Startups

In today’s globally accessible market, developing a startup takes much more than a great idea. To be truly successful, it’s important to take advantage of the wealth of resources available to you. Various organizations, publications, and influential people are certainly out there to point you in the right direction. This week, we’ve broken down the  Continue Reading »

Why Companies use Foreign-Trade Zones

Did you know Greater Reading, Pennsylvania is part of Foreign Trade Zone 147 (FTZ)?  As of 2013 FTZ 147 was approved for an Alternative Site Framework (ASF).  The ASF means the FTZ is no longer confined to specific buildings or parcels of land–the FTZ can now be overlayed on large service areas that includes all of Berks,  Continue Reading »

Welcome New Investors

Economic development is the lifeblood of every community. It creates jobs, builds neighborhoods, supports businesses, and provides a higher quality of life. Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP) drives economic development in our community. At Greater Reading Economic Partnership, it is the passion and support of our investors that allow us to achieve our mission – to  Continue Reading »

Leveraging Diversity for Success in Greater Reading

We are flashing back to an article originally written by Pamela Shupp and published in Expansion Solutions Magazine in 2011 Just an hour east of Philadelphia and three from New York and Washington, Greater Reading is blessed by geography with a strategic location and by nature with beautiful vistas and lush, fertile land.  Here in the heart of the northeast corridor, the  Continue Reading »

Why Greater Reading is the perfect fit for Bills Khakis

For over 20 years, Bills Khakis has made the best pair of khakis money can buy. They also continue to make Greater Reading their home—by design. More than just an affordable, strategic location in southeastern Pennsylvania, Greater Reading offers them resources that are tailor-made for success: a workforce with apparel manufacturing experience, a close-knit and supportive business community, and comfortable space  Continue Reading »

New and Expanding Companies Impact Greater Reading

Cambridge-Lee Industries expanded their Greater Reading operation in 2012.  The expansion added a fourth plant. The company employs over 420 people-approximately 350 of those jobs are based in Greater Reading. The expansion created an additional 250 jobs. At Greater Reading Economic Partnership we often share job numbers, but what do those job numbers mean?  What  Continue Reading »

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