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IMAGINE Berks is here!

The IMAGINE Berks Strategic Economic Development Action Plan was adopted and  implementation is underway. Stay up to date with implementation and our public presentations by joining our mailing list!

To download and read the plan, click on the picture

of the plan to get started!

 

The County has identified $20 Million + for Year 1

implementation strategies to date.

To learn about what this funding is supporting,

check out the Project Updates section.

As we implement, we will continue sharing our findings

and strategies with all of Berks County. 

Want a short overview of the plan?

Download the IMAGINE Berks Handout here. 

 

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IMAGINE Berks es más que un proceso de planificación ...

Es una oportunidad para que la comunidad dirija acciones que nos ayuden a realizar nuestra visión de Berks County como un lugar donde todos los residentes y negocios puedan prosperar, donde la innovación y el emprendimiento puedan florecer, y donde la diversidad de la región sea celebrada y apoyada, permitiendo que los residentes de todo Berks County prosperen.

Desde luego, el resultado de este trabajo será un Plan de Acción para el Desarrollo Económico, pero esa es solo la primera meta.

Partiremos desde allí para comenzar a invertir tiempo y recursos en las cosas que nuestra comunidad identifique como áreas de oportunidad y los retos que debemos abordar.

Este sitio web será un recurso que continuará evolucionando para compartir información acerca del proceso de planificación, solicitar sus ideas y opiniones, y apoyar la transparencia en nuestro trabajo. Esperamos que pueda unírsenos durante el transcurso de los próximos meses. Imaginemos y construyamos un mejor Berks County.

Berks County Team

The Berks County staff team is led by Pamela Shupp Menet, AICP, CEcD, Director of Economic & Community Development and includes:

Derek Harris

Economic Development Coordinator
 

Ken Pick

Executive Director,
Berks County
Redevelopment Authority

David Hunter

Executive Director,
Berks County
Planning Commission

Jeremy Zaborowski

Executive Director,
Berks County Industrial Development Authority

Ashley Showers

Assistant Director,
Berks County
Planning Commission

Planning Support

Berks County worked with Fourth Economy Consulting to support the planning process and plan development. Fourth Economy also engaged the Center for Regional Analysis and Connect the Dots to support various components of the planning process.

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Advisory Committee

Jamal Abodalo

Director of Community Development & RRA,

City of Reading

Anthony Pomponio

Chief Lending Officer,
Riverfront Credit Union

Daniel Egusquiza

Executive Director,
Barrio Alegría

Aaron Gantz

Senior Economic Development Director, GRCA

Bryan Cole

Broker,
NAI Keystone

Nathaniel Guest

Executive Director,
Colebrookdale RR Preservation Trust

Joe Malda

Consultant,
Economic Development,
First Energy/Met-Ed

Gregory Downing

Executive Director,
SCTA

Lisa Weaver

Social Entrepreneur Specialist, Berks LaunchBox-Penn State

Violet Emory

Executive Director,
Berks Latino Workforce Dev. Corporation

Becky Eshbach

Director of Marketing
& Strategy,
UGI Utilities, Inc.

Emily Wangolo

Executive Director,
Dept. of Agriculture,
Berks County

Chris Spohn

Director of Project Development, Pre-College
and Summer Programs, Albright College

Keith Mooney

President, 
Berks Art Council

Dayana Blandon

HR Manager,
DAK Americas, LLC

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