Greater Reading Ecomonic Partnership Blog

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?

Background On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, students answered the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?”  Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in 2013, the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” contests draw entries from nearly 200 teams across Pennsylvania. The teams of students and teacher coaches receive camera equipment, software, and professional guidance as  Continue Reading »

Talent Attraction

Why Talent?  Why Now? Greater Reading is looking to be home to the best and the brightest skilled talent to meet the needs of our growing companies and to attract new companies.  As a result, we recently hosted nationally known Janet Ady of Ady Advantage who shared with us a framework for addressing talent issues.   Continue Reading »

Local Business Outreach Roundup: 2014-2017

Background In 2013, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership took a renewed focus on the local businesses who are already in Berks County.  Deb Heffner took on the role of director of business outreach and under her guidance the program has blossomed.  In the past few years, the program has completed over 230 visits to local businesses.    Continue Reading »

The Conversation: Deb Heffner

This originally appeared in the Reading Eagle’s Business Weekly Issue from 1/2/18. By Lisa Scheid: A native of Lobachsville, Deb Heffner’s journey from a small-business owner to an economic development professional was a long one. A sort of perfect storm of experience and ambition led her to a top spot at the Greater Reading Chamber  Continue Reading »

Berks Park 183

Background Information  Berks Park 183 is an area of land next to the Reading Regional Airport being developed by the the Berks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA).  This site will feature a host of buildings ranging from 20,000 to over 234,000 sq ft.  The different proposed sizes are as follows: 20,000 sq ft, 40,200 sq  Continue Reading »

MRP Industrial Breaks Ground on 1.9 Million SF Industrial Park

On December 5, 2017 MRP Industrial, in a joint venture with Hillwood, broke ground on the 165-acre Hamburg Logistics Park directly off of Route 61 and I-78 at the former Perry Golf Course. The new industrial park will include three buildings totaling 1,900,000 square-feet of industrial space. The Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP), a division  Continue Reading »

Stitch Fix Buys into Berks

WRITTEN BY JEFF MCGAW   An up-and-coming San Francisco-based apparel company that uses fashion consultants, data analysts and complicated mathematical algorithms to dress its clients, and that had sales of nearly $1 billion last year doing so, now has a foothold in Berks County. Stitch Fix Inc., which has registered 2.2 million active customers in its  Continue Reading »


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