Greater Reading Ecomonic Partnership Blog

Penn State Berks Langan LaunchBox + Economic Development

Deep Community Roots Penn State Health St Joseph’s commitment to the Reading community dates back to 1873 when it began its mission as a Catholic hospital caring for the poor.  From outpatient pediatrics, nationally certified Centering Pregnancy program, comprehensive imaging modalities, an osteopathic family practice residency program (that is working towards future alignment with the Penn State University College of Medicine), dental clinic  Continue Reading »

Radius honored by Ben Franklin Technology partners

Jeff McGaw | Reading Eagle When Kutztown-based Radius Corp. founder Kevin Foley first approached drug stores about selling his company’s innovative new style of toothbrush in the early 1980s, their answer landed with a thud: “You can’t.” Foley’s ergonomically-correct, right-and-left-handed toothbrushes — designed for comfort and improved function and made from recycled, plant-based materials —  Continue Reading »

In downtown Reading, a new farm-to-table cafe thinks local

One of the latest exemplars of the downtown Reading renaissance opened its doors last month, offering farm-to-table dining, coffee and a new central gathering spot.

Company buys land to build warehouses in Bethel Twp.

Brad Rehn | Reading Eagle An Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust announced Monday that it has purchased a 73-acre tract in Bethel Township for future development.  Duke Realty Corp., which has an office in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, said the site can support up to an 832,000-square-foot warehouse, though no plans have yet been released for  Continue Reading »

Development in Reading sparks optimism

Brad Rehn | Reading Eagle In recent months, some major construction projects have started while others have been announced and yet more are being discussed. The projects include the transformation of the former Abraham Lincoln hotel to apartments, renovations to a four-story commercial property at 503 Penn St., a major expansion at Alvernia University and  Continue Reading »

Development at full tilt in Tilden

Karen L. Chandler | Reading Eagle Multiple businesses are on their way to establishing new locations in Tilden Township, Berks County.  Developers for five companies are moving dirt to start construction in the area around Cabela’s and the Tilden Ridge shopping center along Route 61. Excavation is underway for a Starbucks coffee shop and St.  Continue Reading »

Mail Shark Thrives in Greater Reading

Founded in 2008 by Brian Johnson in Greater Reading, PA, Mail Shark started as a marketing company that developed direct mail programs for the pizza industry. Throughout the company’s rapid growth over the last 9 years, financing resources available in Greater Reading have been critical to acquiring space, expanding that space and investing in equipment to  Continue Reading »


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