Greater Reading Ecomonic Partnership Blog

Reading’s Centre Park Historic District is gorgeous, affordable and friendly

Looking for a leafy urban neighborhood where you can buy a historic mansion for under $250,000? Or a charming rowhome for less than $150,000? Look no further than the Centre Park Historic District in Reading, Pennsylvania. This up-and-coming area is not only packed with character homes, it is also a close-knit community comprised of both longtime residents and  Continue Reading »

Office Space: Medical office sector grows; vacancy mixed

The greater Reading suburban office market was mixed through the second quarter of 2017, with vacancy rates for Class A dropping below 5%.

Berks refiner is Pa.’s shining example of safety

Keeping workers safe helps a company make more money, say the safety chief and union boss for Global Advanced Metals, a rare-metals plant near Boyertown.

Fall 2017 Intern Introduction

Hello, my name is Derek Harris and I am the new intern here at GREP.  I am currently a senior at West Chester University where I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration on public policy.  I recently graduated from West Chester University’s Honors College which focuses on building leadership and  Continue Reading »

Appeeling Fruit a sweet success

In 1991, Appeeling Fruit, Inc. was solely a processor of fresh bakery apples with no extended shelf life. The company started selling to bakeries throughout the northeast United States and with the help of a small group of employees, and family members they built a sustainable business supplying those bakeries. After eight successful years providing bakery slices,  Continue Reading »

Trendsetting in Berks

Greater Reading knows what’s important to growing the local economy. There is a profound commitment to helping businesses expand, attract new companies and grow job opportunities.

Reading based developer earns tax credits

Shuman Development Group (SDG) is in the process of redeveloping the former Abraham Lincoln Hotel.  After years of uncertainty for the historic property, the SDG last year launched an $11 million renovation of the former hotel into mixed-use apartments and retail that includes new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) equity. The  Continue Reading »


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