Greater Reading Economic Partnership

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2016 Good News In Greater ReadingGreat

Let’s talk about 2016 in Greater Reading. So what happened? How did we do? Are there really good things happening in Berks County?  Yes! The Greater Reading community saw growth numbers on several fronts and announced successful company expansions. Our GDP is growing, private and public investment is high and Greater Reading has never been in a better position for internal growth.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BERKS COUNTY

Every year we take a look at the economic development trends at the global, national and state level to better understand how they will affect our local strategies in the coming year. Developing predictions in response to recent trends allows us to proactively develop strategic actions, and better position Berks County for business attraction and retention. 

The good news for 2017 is that through all of the political uncertainty, there is a lot to be optimistic about in our community. So, here are my thoughts for 2017. 

Manufacturing Remains Strong in Greater Reading

Greater Reading has deep manufacturing roots. Today the region maintains its reputation as a global manufacturing center — home to both domestic and international companies representing specialty metals, plastics, food products and more.

In addition, manufacturing in Greater Reading is among the top metropolitan areas with the highest share of solid paying new jobs. This translates into offering entry-level workers the greatest opportunity for growth in earnings and advancement.

Greater Reading Economic Development Update

2016, as we knew it would be, has been a year focused on rebuilding our industrial property inventory in Berks County.  We have a number of land developments in the queue and need to get them to the point where we are ready for the shovel in the ground.  Because as we know in the world of development – dirt is not a site.

With that said, we are projecting the potential for over 650 acres and almost 9.2 million square feet of new industrial building development in Berks County within the next 1 – 3 years. 

How Main Street Programs Fuel Economic Development

Have you seen the news? Recently THREE main street programs in Greater Reading were recognized as Nationally Accredited programs. We’re excited about the news and want to tell you why this is important for economic development.

Talent Attraction & Retention

Probably the most obvious reason main street programs are important relates to talent attraction and retention. According to the PEW Research Center, millennials (anyone born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) will be the largest living generation.

Why we should be ready for disruptions (and you should too!)

The Economic Partnership recently attended the Foreign Direct Investment conference and one thing was clear – the way we do business is changing. If communities and companies don’t adapt they are going to be left behind. Some of the changes are forced, some are a choice. So, what is predicted to be coming down the pipeline?

Disruptions are Happening

What is One of the Best Business Incentives?

Not everyone wants money.  Really you might say?  What do I mean by that?  Not every company who is interested in a new business location or in expanding their business wants a business loan from the state – no matter what the interest rate.  Whether it is an issue of timing, having adequate capital in hand, not being able to meet the job creation or other threshold requirements, not everyone wants or can utilize state financing.

Manufacturing Rebound Benefits Greater Reading, Pennsylvania

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The rebound in U.S. manufacturing is being experienced firsthand in our region, a long-time and resilient home for manufacturing and industry. 

As the primary marketer for Greater Reading, Pennsylvania, we’ve seen inquiries from companies and site selection groups growing steadily over the past four years. They reached new highs in 2015 and reflect economic trends: 75 percent were from manufacturing and distribution-related businesses. 

This interest in our area is understandable: 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BERKS COUNTY

Every year the Economic Partnership takes stock of the economic development trends at the global, state, and local level to begin to strategize for the coming year. Developing predictions in response to recent trends not only allows the organization to proactively develop strategic actions, but also to continually position Berks County for business attraction and retention. 

As we move into the New Year, the good news is, there is a lot to be optimistic about in the region. 

2016 Berks County Outlook 

2016 Good News In Greater ReadingGreat

Let’s talk about 2016 in Greater Reading. So what happened? How did we do? Are there really good things happening in Berks County?  Yes! The Greater Reading community saw growth numbers on several fronts and announced successful company expansions. Our GDP is growing, private and public investment is high and Greater Reading has never been in a better position for internal growth.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BERKS COUNTY

Every year we take a look at the economic development trends at the global, national and state level to better understand how they will affect our local strategies in the coming year. Developing predictions in response to recent trends allows us to proactively develop strategic actions, and better position Berks County for business attraction and retention. 

The good news for 2017 is that through all of the political uncertainty, there is a lot to be optimistic about in our community. So, here are my thoughts for 2017. 

Manufacturing Remains Strong in Greater Reading

Greater Reading has deep manufacturing roots. Today the region maintains its reputation as a global manufacturing center — home to both domestic and international companies representing specialty metals, plastics, food products and more.

In addition, manufacturing in Greater Reading is among the top metropolitan areas with the highest share of solid paying new jobs. This translates into offering entry-level workers the greatest opportunity for growth in earnings and advancement.

Greater Reading Economic Development Update

2016, as we knew it would be, has been a year focused on rebuilding our industrial property inventory in Berks County.  We have a number of land developments in the queue and need to get them to the point where we are ready for the shovel in the ground.  Because as we know in the world of development – dirt is not a site.

With that said, we are projecting the potential for over 650 acres and almost 9.2 million square feet of new industrial building development in Berks County within the next 1 – 3 years. 

How Main Street Programs Fuel Economic Development

Have you seen the news? Recently THREE main street programs in Greater Reading were recognized as Nationally Accredited programs. We’re excited about the news and want to tell you why this is important for economic development.

Talent Attraction & Retention

Probably the most obvious reason main street programs are important relates to talent attraction and retention. According to the PEW Research Center, millennials (anyone born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) will be the largest living generation.

Why we should be ready for disruptions (and you should too!)

The Economic Partnership recently attended the Foreign Direct Investment conference and one thing was clear – the way we do business is changing. If communities and companies don’t adapt they are going to be left behind. Some of the changes are forced, some are a choice. So, what is predicted to be coming down the pipeline?

Disruptions are Happening

What is One of the Best Business Incentives?

Not everyone wants money.  Really you might say?  What do I mean by that?  Not every company who is interested in a new business location or in expanding their business wants a business loan from the state – no matter what the interest rate.  Whether it is an issue of timing, having adequate capital in hand, not being able to meet the job creation or other threshold requirements, not everyone wants or can utilize state financing.

Manufacturing Rebound Benefits Greater Reading, Pennsylvania

Jon Scott's picture

The rebound in U.S. manufacturing is being experienced firsthand in our region, a long-time and resilient home for manufacturing and industry. 

As the primary marketer for Greater Reading, Pennsylvania, we’ve seen inquiries from companies and site selection groups growing steadily over the past four years. They reached new highs in 2015 and reflect economic trends: 75 percent were from manufacturing and distribution-related businesses. 

This interest in our area is understandable: 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BERKS COUNTY

Every year the Economic Partnership takes stock of the economic development trends at the global, state, and local level to begin to strategize for the coming year. Developing predictions in response to recent trends not only allows the organization to proactively develop strategic actions, but also to continually position Berks County for business attraction and retention. 

As we move into the New Year, the good news is, there is a lot to be optimistic about in the region. 

2016 Berks County Outlook 

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