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GRCA announces economic impact of Building Berks projects

Oct 18, 2018 • by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Building Berks

Total investment in Berks totaling nearly half a billion dollars

Reading, PA – Over the past two years, the nominees of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s (GRCA) first annual Building Berks Awards have invested nearly half a billion dollars into Berks County.

That’s just one part of an exciting story that the nominees of the Building Berks Awards and Expo tell about the continued growth of the construction and real estate industries in our region. For this inaugural award, the 30 nominated projects, which cover 15 award categories, must have been completed between January 2016 and June 2018 and could be new construction or renovations.

The 30 nominated projects cover the county and provide a snapshot into how the Greater Reading region continues to grow. The numbers speak for themselves:

Total Investment in our area is over $462,679,846Over 2,000 construction jobs createdOver 825 jobs created and retainedTotal Square Footage developed, renovated, or newly constructed is over 3,341,789

“The nominees of the first annual Building Berks Awards are an exclamation point in a story we’ve been telling about Berks for over a year: our region is on the rise and primed for even more development. These projects are more than just the walls and square footage. They represent opportunity, growth, jobs, and possibilities for our region,” said Randy Peers, President & CEO of the GRCA.

Winners will be announced at the Building Berks Awards & Expo, to be held on November 13, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading. The GRCA will also host a trade expo prior to the event that will give builders, construction suppliers, architects, engineering firms, and real estate firms the opportunity to showcase their products and services. 

The nominated projects are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

Abraham LincolnAlbright Student HousingAlcon Precision DeviceAlvernia Press BoxAshley FurnitureBean Funeral HomeBig MillCaron’s Carole & Ray Neag Medical CenterDoerries ResidenceFox BerkshireFritz Island Waste Water Treatment PlantHa’ Penny BarnsLevan MachineThe Nature PlaceOasis Dog SpaOlivets’ Pendora ParkPark Place on PennPenn State Health’s Exeter RidgeRACC’s Science of SuccessReading HealthPlexRiver Run MeadowsSafe Care Express Urgent CareShillington Farmers’ MarketState TheatreTom Masano Auto ParkWind Crest FarmYocum Institute for Arts Education140 Oley Street523 Greenwich Street645 Penn Street

The nominations will be judged by an expert panel of Berks County’s leaders in their industries. Members include:

Renee Chesler, Glen-GeryKirsten Deysher, Liberty EnvironmentalStephen Gieringer, Neighborhood Housing ServicesMichael Kautter, Kautter & Kelley ArchitectsAnn Moll, Gallen InsuranceTim Romig, Customers Bank

Sponsorship opportunities are now available, which include display tables at the event, program book ads, and tickets to the gala event, among other benefits.

Further information regarding sponsorship benefits or the November 13 event can be found at greaterreading.org/buildingberks; please contact Bethany Kirkner at 610-898-7779 for details.

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