Your business will thrive in Berks County for a variety of reasons, thanks to our professional diversity and range of local services that boost the economy. We take pride in our ability to support and assist many different industries, including construction, manufacturing, health services, agriculture and entrepreneurship. With the growing demand for higher learning and specialization in these fields, Greater Reading is the ideal location for reliable business growth in the country.
Key industries are determined through a series of data points paired with a deep-rooted understanding of our business community. One of the key data points we use is the Location Quotient (LQ) for each of these industries. The LQ quantifies how concentrated an industry is within an area in comparison to the rest of the country. For example, a LQ number over 1.0 indicate sectors in a region have high concentrations of employment compared to the national average.
Want to better understand how your business could align with these key industries, check out the data below or contact us to learn more.
Manufacturing – LQ: 2.13
Agriculture – LQ: 1.43
Greater Reading is home to a thriving agricultural industry made up of large and small growers and producers including names like Clover Farm Dairy, Jurgielewicz Duck, Giorgio, Quaker Maid Meats and Unique Snacks – just to name a few. GRCA is proud to partner with our County Commissioners and the Berks County Department of Agriculture on the award winning “Grow Together” campaign that expands consumers’ agricultural literacy and awareness of the products grown and produced locally. The “Grow Together” campaign features a web resource that helps consumers find local producers, blogs from local voices and seasonal activities.
An ongoing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship is evidenced in the support provided to small businesses and entrepreneurs through resources such as the Penn State Berks LaunchBox, Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute, and Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center. Learn more about the Keystone Innovation Zone here.