The Manufactures Resource Center
Greater Reading Economic Partnership’s Deb Heffner met with Diane Reed who is the Director Of Business Services for the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC). The MRC is both state and federally funded IRC.
MRC is a network that assists manufacturing in both the state of Pennsylvania and county to prosper and grow said Reed. The manufacturers resource center is crucial to the country, and especially here in Greater Reading. It has been said that for every one manufacturing job that creates ten jobs down stream. It is important to have these jobs with family sustaining wages.
Reed’s role is conjoined with the Manufacturers Resource Center, and the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, in which she spends the majority of her time out in the field with these manufacturing companies assisting them in coming up with solutions to their problems. Reed loves her job, being a Berks County native she spent the majority of her career providing assistance to manufacturing. Reed says ” I am amazed everyday of the neat things that are being done here in Berks County.”
If you would like to hear more about Diane Reed’s story, or other podcasts click here.
Also visit Greater Reading Economic Partnership’s website to get more information on manufacturing jobs in Greater Reading here.
Institutions of higher learning : RACC, Albright, Alvernia, Kutztown & PennState Berks
The Greater Reading community has always valued education and academic achievement. Today, we are home to over 20 K-12 public and private schools, five distinguished educational institutions as well as several career and technology centers that work closely with our business community to support entrepreneurship, workforce training, research, and leadership development.
For more information on education and workforce readiness in Greater Reading, PA visit our website here.
Google Works Event
Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading. Watch live glass blowing by 12 outstanding artists and local celebrity guests. Enjoy Ted & Carl Catering cuisine and get in on the fun by bidding on silent auction items and hot glass pieces as they are being created. Two special sessions: 3-6pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 3-4pm, followed by a live auction, and 6-9pm, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 6-7pm, followed by a live auction. Cost is $60 per person for each session, $100 per couple for each session. An After Burn party with the artists, pizza and beer will be held from 9:30-11pm. Cost is $25 per person. For more info call 610.374.4600 or visit goggleworks.org. And for more information on activities in Greater Reading Click here
Two Special Sessions
3-6 p.m., features local celebrity guests Dave and Debbie Meas of Hair on the Avenue
6-9 p.m., features local celebrity guests Eric and Jeannie Savage of Freedom Toyota
Things to do in Greater Reading
There is so much to do in Greater Reading, many people are not aware of all the fun things this city has to offer. From delicious small restaurants, to family fun centers, Greater Reading has got something for everyone. If you are looking for entertainment, then meet us on the Penn Corridor, which has got something for everyone and extends over two miles long from the beginning of Penn st starting at City Park, going all the way across the Penn st bridge into Penn Avenue. This two mile long entertainment district spreads all the way from Reading through West Reading and even into Wyomissing! The Corridor is Greater Readings hub for dining, the arts, culture, and entertainment. The Corridor will reconnect residents of this small city with their urban core. If you are looking for sports, Greater Reading was ranked 4th among minor league markets across the United States.
Greater Reading features three minor league teams:
>Reading Royals: East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
>The Reading Phillies: Eastern League (EL)
>The Reading Rockets: Professional Lacrosse League (PLL)
Looking for outdoor recreation? Then Greater Reading has got you covered! The Greater Reading area has a number of different parks you can visit for recreational purposes including, Nolde Forest, and Angelica Park. Come and see the Greater Reading entertainment district you will not be dissapointed there is something for everyone! For more information on Greater Reading click here
Great companies are Built in Pennsylvania
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A leader in cross-border projects, with the largest network of overseas offices of any U.S. state, Pennsylvania is committed to breaking down barriers for businesses looking to locate in the state.
International Companies in Pennsylvania
Not only is Pennsylvania home to more than 6,000 foreign-owned businesses employing more than 250,000 people, it is also one of the nation’s fastest growing exporters.
Major international companies including Shire Pharmaceuticals, Gamesa, Siemens, Almac, Nestle, Toshiba and others have all found a place in Pennsylvania’s vibrant business community.
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New Careers in 2 Years website launches
Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP) is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Careers in 2 Years website; Careersin2Years.com. The new website features in-depth information for both students and their parents on technical education and careers in the Greater Reading area.
Information on the website includes:
> Frequently asked questionsC
> Examples of careers and job titles with associated salaries
> Relevant news
> Section dedicated to parents
The re-development of the improved website was a collaborative effort in partnership with Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC), Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center (RMCTC), and Reading Area Community College (RACC).
The re-development of Careersin2Years.com was made possible in-part by the Arrow International Scholarship Fund of Berks County Community Foundation.
About the Careers in 2 Years marketing campaign
Over the past three years, GREP has met with 100+ Greater Reading companies. More than 47% of these companies identified a lack of technical skills as a workforce challenge and a constraint to expanding their business. Based on this critical workforce need, GREP developed a marketing campaign, Careers in 2 Years. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about career opportunities and address perceptions that technical education does not provide successful career pathways. The Careers in Two Years campaign focuses on career paths in:
The campaign will also be implementing new focuses on business management, and healthcare training in the future.
For further information about the Greater Reading workforce and workforce training, visit GreaterReading.com.
Over 150 international companies are located in Greater Reading
Greater Reading offers an inviting opportunity on a combination of assets rarely found in a community our size. More than just a centralized location, that’s affordable, Greater Reading is a supportive business community with a dynamic, interconnected network. Our diverse community lifestyle, with its multifaceted neighborhoods and activities, offers something for everyone and a good quality of life. We’re also a community of progressive, visionary thinkers working in a stimulating environment that encourages innovation and creativity. Its no wonder why 150+ international companies are located in Greater Reading, PA.
To learn more about international companies in Greater Reading click here.
Expansion Solutions magazine Features Greater Reading, PA
Greater Reading, PA was recently featured in the magazine Expansion Solutions. Check it out below!
For more news, check out our news section on GreaterReading.com
We have entered the 4th Quarter of a very successful 2013, and as GREP staff is busy attending numerous trade shows and conferences, planning symposiums and meetings before the holiday season creeps up, I can report that:
>To date, 15 projects have been completed that will create and retain over 1,245 jobs (46% retained/grown).
>GREP held its Annual BBQ on September 12th, despite heavy rain. Over 90 people enjoyed food from Simmeria and beer tasting from Saucony Creek Brewing. Thank you to everyone who attended this great networking event.
> GREP received a $3,000 Grant from the Arrow International Scholarship Fund of Berks County Community Foundation to help fund the redesign of the Careers in 2 Years Website which is scheduled to go live on September 30th.
>We continue to meet and reach out to communities who are interested in entering into a Licensing Agreement for Careers in 2 Years in their region.
>During the week of September 23rd, BBEC held a technical career education program at area high schools for 9th graders that included an in school assembly and visit to area businesses including manufacturers. Careers in 2 Years was part of the program and staff from GREP assisted as chaperones.
>As administrators of the Foreign Trade Zone 147 (FTZ 147) and with a sponsorship from PPL, GREP is planning a Foreign Trade Zone Informational Luncheon to be held on October 30th at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.
>The Ride to Prosperity Team continues to meet, and the next quarterly meeting will be October 24, 2013.
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The PAHRA Meets The GREP Team
The Pennsylvania association of housing and redevelopment agency (or PAHRA) is an affiliation of Pennsylvania housing and redevelopment authorities, non-profit and for-profit agencies, and community development. It is the PAHRA’s job to provide products and services for the community and development industry. They are also responsible for providing information relating to housing and community development, study and analyze national state, and local legislation affecting housing and community development.
Pamela Shupp, Vice President, Greater Reading Economic Partnership, met with the PAHRA for a conference on best practices for economic development. She presented the PAHRA with a presentation explaining economic development view the presentation click here.
If you would like someone from the Greater Reading Economic Partnership team to speak at your event or meeting, please feel free to contact us.
About Greater Reading Economic Partnership
GREP coordinates and works with its economic development partners to provide a single voice in helping to retain, attract, promote, and grow economic development in a collaborative and unified manner.
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