Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP) held it’s 2016 Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on January 27, 2016. Jon Scott, President and CEO, and Pamela Shupp, Vice President, reported on 2015 activity in addition to the election and re-election of Board Members to the Board of Directors.

The newly elected Board Chair, John Gallen, discussed the exploration of a merger between GREP, Greater Berks Development Fund, and Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The organizations have created a task force to continue the exploratory discussions. While these discussions continue, he reiterated that GREP’s core mission will remain intact – to attract, retain, and grow businesses in Berks County through the promotion of our region’s competitive advantages.

GREP President and CEO, Jon Scott, was presented with a plaque honoring his dedication and service to the organization over the last 12 years. Scott announced in late 2015 that he will be retiring in mid-2016.

2015 Highlights:

In 2015 GREP worked with 12 new or expanding companies resulting in 633 new and retained jobs for the Greater Reading community. The companies GREP worked with in 2015 were:

  • Brentwood IndustriesUpdated Numbers-website
  • Diamond Pharmacy Services
  • DoubleTree Hotel
  • Eagle Metals
  • Fortna
  • Kaiser & Martin Construction
  • Launch DM
  • Lone Star Beef Jerky
  • PhytogenX
  • Simply Sherry
  • Termaco

Since 2005, GREP has worked with over 160 companies, resulting in over 12,800 new and retained jobs; these jobs have generated over $410 million in salaries per year.

New Board Seats:

  • Kautter & Kelley Architects; Michael Kautter
  • Weidenhammer; Kress Schwartz

Re-elected Board Seats:

  • Brentwood Industries; Peter Rye
  • Cambridge-Lee Industries; Michael Fischetti
  • Carpenter Technology; William Rudolph
  • East Penn Manufacturing; David Byrne
  • Fulton Bank; Michele Richards
  • Greater Reading Young Professionals; Thad Gelsinger
  • Pennsylvania American Water; Brian Hassinger
  • Penske; Michael Duff
  • Reading Eagle; Marcelino Colon
  • Reading Health System; Richard Mable
  • RKL; Michael De Paul
  • Shuman Development Group; Alan Shuman
  • Tompkins VIST Bank; Joe Butto
  • Wells Fargo; John Massaro

The GREP Board of Directors provide the organization with guidance on mission driven strategies and activities to retain, attract, promote and grow economic development in a collaborative and unified manner in the Greater Reading region.

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