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Occupation: Owner – The Berry Farm & Orchard; Owner – Honey Hollow Apiaries; Orchard & Specialty Crop Representative – Timac Agro What drew you to your current neighborhood? I heard that agriculture is the number one industry in Berks County.…

Occupation: Johnathan: Third Grade Teacher – Reading School District; Shenaye: Mental Health Consultant – Ephrata Area School District What drew you to your current neighborhood? We love the architecture of the historic district and the sense of community in the…

Occupation: Owner – Events by Kelly’s Florist; Horticulture Instructor – Berks Career and Technology Center What drew you to your current neighborhood? I am Leesport born and raised! I live on the tree farm that I grew up on and…

Occupation: Heidi: Owner/Photographer – Heidi E Reuter Photography; Chris: Traffic Engineer What drew you to your current neighborhood? We both bought a home in West Reading 10 years ago! For Chris, it is was the convenience to work via 422…

“The Greater Reading area boasts a wide range of affordable urban, suburban and rural housing options and excellent regional connectivity. Recently, HomeArea.com named Reading as the number one city in Pennsylvania for buyers! In analyzing the median income level divided…

Occupation: Ethan: Teacher – Reading School District; Chrissy: Owner – MADE Jewelry Boutique & Studio; Maeta – Daughter What drew you to West Reading? We first purchased the property in West Reading to open my jewelry business, MADE Jewelry Boutique…

Share on facebook Share on google Share on twitter Share on linkedin Ever wonder how far your dollar goes? It pays to live in Greater Reading. Here in Greater Reading, we know the answer, thanks to new data from the…

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Occupation: Chiropractor – Keystone Specific Chiropractic Center Why Hellein loves working in Greater Reading: Born and raised in the Pittsburgh metropolitan of Latrobe, Penn., Hellein found her way to Reading, Penn., after a chiropractic trip to London. A fellow chiropractor…

Why the Maack’s love working for US Anodize.: US Anodize is a 3rd generation family business where both Greg and Jamey have worked and learned every position within the company. US Anodize is the single source for custom aluminum anodizing…

Why Skipper loves working for Reading Truck Body: Bruce Skipper was drawn to Reading Truck Body after high school graduation. After 50 year, Skipper calls Reading Truck Body home and considers his peers family. When asked what one fact someone…

Why Daubenspeck loves working for MCAM: Howie Daubenspeck found out about his current employer by accident. He was working for another company when a friend encouraged him to apply. He was hired, and the opportunities within the company have continued…

Why Gibson loves working for Met-Ed – FirstEnergy Corp.: Gibson was drawn to her role at Met-Ed – FristEnergy because she wanted to learn more about the infrastructure of our electrical system. It helped that they offered great benefits, a…

Learn more about Berks County’s newest workforce program! Berks Latino Workforce Development Corporation (BLWDC) is seeking to bridge the skills gap and reduce poverty in Berks County, PA. BLWDC offers culturally minded workforce and economic development interventions by implementing industry-certified…

Why Hein loves working for Brute Athletic Apparel: Hein began his career with Brute Athletic Apparel right after he graduated from Alvernia University. Having earned an undergraduate degree and MBA in sports management and being a college athlete, he was…

Why Papoutsis loves working for Arkema Inc.: Papoutsis came to Arkema Inc. after working for a larger organization where he worked long hours and struggled to find a good work-life balance. “The Birdsboro Arkema plant was just the right size…

Why Francis loves working for Misco Products Corporation: Francis started her career at Misco as an intern during her senior year in college. Her internship allowed her to find her passion in human resources. She still feels even after 5…

Greater Reading, Penn., is one of the most diverse areas in the Northeast United States. The community is home to numerous national and global headquarters boasting cultural and social inclusiveness. The latest top 25 employers list in Greater Reading illustrates…

To understand an entrepreneur’s journey, one must recognize their challenges and appreciate the many tools and services it requires to go from a business plan to opening. Despite the difficulties that can often serve as barriers to success, a recent…

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Occupation: Founder – Gayatri Wellness; City Councilwoman – Reading PA District 1 Why Sihelnik loves playing in Greater Reading: Sihelnik loves to play in Greater Reading because she believes the area provides whatever your heart desires within a 15-minute car…

Greater Reading offers many unique places to perform yoga – warehouses, farms, rooftops, wineries, breweries, on top of Hawk Mountain or next to Blue Marsh Lake. BLDG. 7 Yoga, located in the heart of Wyomissing, offers multi-dimensional yoga classes for…

Career Development Develop your professional brand right here in Greater Reading — encompassing not only your work portfolio but also your personal style and your community impact. Professionals need to feel empowered, mentored, and supported. And they need to feel…

Rivertribe Outdoors opened in mid-2018 after its founding owner and local native, Jed Wright, purchased the former Schuylkill River Outdoors outfitter, based out of the Monocacy-Douglassville area. Wright began operations quickly after his acquisition, but had some false starts along…

Every year since 1991, an impressive array of jazz musicians, a dedicated staff of presenters from the nonprofit Berks Arts, thousands of fans and an army of volunteers gather to create Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. After the success of its…

Setter Ridge Vineyards was developed out of love for English Setters and winemaking. This family owned and operated winery specializes in dry European styled wines. Setter Ridge wine gets its distinctive palette from the farmlands and hillsides owned by the…

With repeating John Lennon faces on the ceiling and even more priceless memorabilia lining the walls, Long Trout Winery in Auburn, Penn. brings more than psychedelic fun ─ the wine selection is as groovy as the atmosphere. While most wineries…

In 2020, going out to eat feels like a vacation. If you want to feel like you have been transported to Santorini or Mykonos, Mazi is the place to go. Mazi is one of the newest restaurants in West Reading…

Greater Reading has a thriving wine scene. Whether you are looking for full bodied or light bodied red, white, rose, sparkling or dessert wine Greater Reading has it all. Deerfoot Vineyards and Winery is a small boutique winery located in…

The leaves are beginning to change colors, the air is becoming crisp, fall decorations are popping up and the smell of pumpkin spice is filling our senses indicating fall is on the horizon. Fall is a beautiful time in Greater…

Greater Reading is full of opportunities for outdoor sports such as biking, climbing and hiking making it a great place to play, but it also comes with unique opportunities for indoor sports as well. Berks County is home to not…

The days are getting cooler indicating that autumn is right around the corner. If you want to hold on to summer a little longer, you should try KOG Hill Winery’s best summer seller, Strawberry Lemon Sangria. KOG (King of Grapes)…

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Penn State Berks is preparing the students of today for the in-demand careers for tomorrow. With 20 baccalaureate degree programs, and the first two years of more than 275 degree programs that can be completed at other campuses, students have…

PA Dream Team Program The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is working collaboratively with schools, industry, and area stakeholders to create innovative programs that feature technical careers, STEM and CTE education to students, parents, and educators. With the assistance of the…

Providing access to career awareness and exploration opportunities for the more than 70,000 students in Berks County continues to be a top priority for the Career Ready Berks Alliance. The Alliance is a coalition of the 18 Berks County school…

For more than 40 years, the Berks Career & Technology Center (BCTC) has been providing career training options designed to help adult students meet their career goals! Adult students can enhance their current skills or train for a new career…

Alvernia’s brand new Reading CollegeTowne reconstruction at 401 North Penn Street in downtown Reading nears completion and awaits the arrival of students in August 2021. This exciting extension of Alvernia’s campus is designed as a strategic champion of economic redevelopment,…

As the oldest college in Berks County, Albright College is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the future. Today, key structural projects are being designed to connect all of the different ways that students learn in the 21st century. …

Fifty years ago, Reading Area Community College (RACC) was founded on October 1, 1971. Classes were held for the first time on October 13, 1971, with an enrollment of 265 students. The college operated from several buildings throughout Reading during…

Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health welcomed its inaugural class of 40 first-year medical students to its Wyomissing campus on August 2, 2021. The new, state-of-the-art academic building houses standardized patient exam rooms, an anatomy laboratory, small group…

To understand an entrepreneur’s journey, one must recognize their challenges and appreciate the many tools and services it requires to go from a business plan to opening. Despite the difficulties that can often serve as barriers to success, a recent…

With 5 colleges and universities in the Berks County footprint, it is easy to understand why Greater Reading has bragging rights to add LEARN to Live, Work, Play. Meet Greater RDG is always looking for the positivity in our community…

Community Stories

Berks-based Rodale Institute set for Pennsylvania to become the Silicon Valley of organic farming. This is thanks to spiking consumer demand and state-funded resources for farmers looking to grow organic, according to Jeff Tkach, chief information officer with the Rodale…

Dallas based Crow Holdings Development is building a 652,080 SF warehouse along Route 61 and is expected to be completed in early 2023. The warehouse is one of three large projects approved to be built along the Route 61 corridor.…

A plan to develop a 34-acre tract in Sinking Spring for apartments, an assisted-living facility and a medical office building has cleared the final hurdles. The plan is for construction of six three-story apartment buildings containing a combined total of…

Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center located in Downtown Reading, Set Record High in Ticket Sales. Santander Performing Arts Center placed at a record high #62 amongst theaters and the Santander Arena landed at #104 amongst arenas. Excluding international venues…

New company says it's bringing 'super fast,' less expensive fiber internet to Berks County. FastBridge Fiber will start construction on the network in the fall of 2022l, with internet and transport data services becoming available to residents and businesses in…

Amtrak announced that it will launch Thruway Bus Service from Reading and Pottstown to Philadelphia. The goal, it said, is to connect riders with Amtrak trains and buses in Philly, that run to more than 1,000 destinations. Two daily roundtrips…

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 - 2023 Best Places to Live recently ranked Reading, Pa as the 4th best place to live in Pennsylvania. The data is compiled using a variety of sources and indicators including job market…

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Gardens at Lauer’s Park has a new program, called “Sweet Relief,” that will engage youth and adults through the processes of beekeeping and honey making. Bees are most known for their honey, but Googleworks…

Local businessman Leopoldo Sanchez, city and Berks County officials and others kicked off the second phase of Super Natural & Fresh Produce. Sanchez will be transforming a blighted 40,000-square-foot vehicle maintenance garage into a grocery store, produce warehouse, café and…

Penn State Berks alumni couple Katherine “Kat” (De Crescenzo) and Evan Kinzey turned their love of wine into a business. Their winery is Violet Vintage Wine Company located at 107 Shartlesville Road, Bernville and has an art deco inspired design…

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 -2023 Best Places to Live recently ranked Reading, Pa in the top 100 best places to live in the United States. The data is compiled using a variety of sources and indicators including…

Amidst the formula shortage in the United States, ByHeart recently opened their state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Greater Reading, PA. ByHeart is the only new infant formula entrant to the market making it the 5th formula manufacturer in the country and…