#1 Home of Innovators

  • Greater Reading is home to a number of innovative companies such as Isolator Fitness, Frevon (creator of the Ball Cannon) and TAB Industries. This is in addition to long established businesses and some of our largest employers – Sweet Street Desserts and East Penn Manufacturing – both companies were founded in Berks County where their global headquarters remain.

#2 Strategic Location

  • Greater Reading’s central location offers easy access to major markets and hubs in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
  • Philadelphia is just 50 miles to the southeast, and New York and Washington are a little more than 100 miles away.
  • There over 100 million people within an overnight’s drive from Greater Reading.
  • Low risk for natural disasters, providing you with additional peace of mind.

#3 Workforce Talent

#4 Entrepreneurial Environment

  • Greater Reading is home to a unique array of incubators and co-working spaces – perfect for any entrepreneur.
  • Jump Start Incubator, located in downtown Reading, gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn all aspects of running a business, from bookkeeping basics and marketing to human resources and financial analysis, all while still operating their businesses.
  • Catalyst on Commerce is a professional, high-energy co-work setting where entrepreneurs can work, form networks, meet with clients, share ideas, host meeting, and interact with like-minded professionals.

#5 Business Climate

  • Greater Reading offers the close proximity to major metro markets, without the major metro prices for buildings and associated operational costs.
  • Our community offers a Joint Express Approval Program (JEAP) created to expedite the permitting process for priority economic development projects.

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#6 Global Connections

  • Greater Reading is located near six international airports (Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy, Philadelphia, and Baltimore/Washington).
  • Greater Reading is in close proximity to the Port of Baltimore, Port of Wilmington, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

#7 Quality of Life

  • Living in our community is easy and fun because we enjoy a reasonable cost of living and abundance of natural beauty.
  • Our Bike Trails System was recognized as an official Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Bicycling Association (IMBA).
  • Greater Reading is home to two minor league sports teams (Fightin’ Phils and Reading Royals).
  • Three Greater Reading main street programs have been recognized as Nationally Accredited programs.

#8 Partnerships

  • Greater Reading’s business community is exceptionally proactive and interconnected.
  • Our economic developers, educational institutions, workforce boards, businesses and state/local governments join forces to help existing and prospective businesses start up, grow and expand throughout the state.

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