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Berks farm awarded $400,000 in state funds

by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Jun 14, 2019

GRCA assists farm to obtain financing

Reading, PA – The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA), announced today that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) approved an economic development loan at its June board meeting in Harrisburg.

Jeffrey and Tracy Rohrer have been approved for $400,000 in PIDA loan funds for the building of a chicken pullet house on their farm on Naftzingertown Road in Upper Bern Township, near Mohrsville.

“The GRCA is proud to support agricultural businesses in our area.   The family farm is the oldest industry in Berks County, and it is still a viable and essential enterprise as evidenced by diversification of production connected to many of these loans”, stated Randy Peers, President and CEO of GRCA.  “I am also very proud of the work Deb Heffner did on this particular loan.  Deb has added PIDA financing to her program portfolio, and she handled this application with the high level of professionalism she brings to all her economic development work”.

Deb Heffner, GRCA Business Outreach Director noted, “We have seen an increase in utilizing PIDA for agribusiness lending, as more farmers are becoming aware of this low interest financing opportunity which reduces their overall expansion costs”.

For more information regarding all types of business financing available through the GRCA, call Deb Heffner at 610-898-7791 or email [email protected]

ABOUT THE GREATER READING CHAMBER ALLIANCE:  Our mission is to be Berks County’s leading unified resource for building a healthy, competitive business community.  Our vision is to assist companies to retain, expand and grow their operations and employment and attract new business to Berks County.

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