Greater Reading Ecomonic Partnership Blog

ATV Bakery a Reading Mainstay

If you are in downtown Reading, you might smell ATV Bakery bread in the air coming from their 36 S Third St. location. ATV Bakery is a long-standing family business that truly embodies the American dream. In the early 1900’s, Paolo Alberti came to America from Palermo, Sicily and opened “Alberti’s Bakery.” For many years,  Continue Reading »

ACT NOW: 2% Low Interest Business Loan

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has announced that for a limited time, it is offering loans at a 2% interest rate, fixed for the full term of the loan to qualifying businesses that commit to creating and/or retaining jobs.    Eligible project costs through PIDA include: land and building acquisition construction and renovation machinery and  Continue Reading »

Ashley Furniture expanding in Greater Reading

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. broke ground on a 465,000 square-foot e-commerce and distribution center in Ontelaunee Township Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The expansion is expected to add 200 jobs to their workforce. The facility is an expansion to Ashley’s existing facility along Ashley Way, just off Route 61, and will make its total footprint 1.7  Continue Reading »

Dermody Properties breaks ground on new building

Dermody Properties, a Reno, Nevada-based real estate investment, development, and management firm, broke ground Wednesday on what the company said is the biggest building in its portfolio. The LogistiCenter at Midway, the 1,081,200 square-foot building is going up at the Midway interchange of I-78 in Bethel Township. “Someone asked me earlier today, ‘Why here? Why this  Continue Reading »

Reading Invests in Sustainability – Part 2

Written by Scot Case On June 1, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership hosted a downtown event to celebrate two recent sustainability investments: the purchases of office buildings at 503 and 505 Penn St. John Weidenhammer, founder of Wyomissing-based Weidenhammer computer technology and strategy firm, made the first sustainability investment. In March 2016, he purchased 503  Continue Reading »

The West Reading Story – Part 1

Since 2007, the Elm Street program has invested $2.5 million in our eight-square, block-target area that has actively combated blight, crime, indifference, and disinvestment. We’ve not only improved the neighborhood appearance and appeal through long-lasting improvements, but also have built cohesiveness and community among residents. They see long-term problems mitigated and highly visible projects changing  Continue Reading »

Eating your way around the world, within the Reading city limits

In 2010, Reading had a Latino population of 58 percent, up from 37 percent in 2000 (U.S. Census). So it’s no surprise that the city is rife with wonderful international eateries, even if they often don’t make the “Best Places to Eat in Reading” lists that focus on fine dining or restaurants outside Reading proper.


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