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Latest DID Newsletter Promotes Grants Program for Downtown Businesses

  The latest edition of “Destination: Downtown Reading!” provides information about the City of Reading’s pilot Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant program …
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Fire + Ice Fest Photos Part of Latest “Destination: Downtown Reading!” Newsletter

Fire + Ice TrainHundreds of people flocked to downtown Reading to rock to the sights and sounds of the first Reading Fire + …
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A Special Edition of “Destination: Downtown Reading!” featuring Reading Fire + Ice Fest

Discover what all the buzz is about surrounding Reading Fire + Ice Fest in this special edition of “Destination: Downtown …
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The latest edition of “Destination: Downtown Reading!” is here!

  This issue of “Destination: Downtown Reading!” provides the latest news on Reading Fire + Ice Fest coming in January; …
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Downtown Improvement District to help with security at Reading Royals games

  Read the Reading Eagle article here.

Starting a Business in Downtown Reading

all aboard for opportunity 8 2014City Pilot Program Provides Extra Incentive for Small Businesses to Open in Downtown Reading      

Two new members join the DID Board of Directors

The Reading Downtown Improvement District has two new members who have joined its Board of Directors. Catherine J. Cadwell, Gilbertsville, …
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New Benches Installed in Downtown Reading

FotoFlexer_PhotoTwenty-six new metal benches have replaced decades-old worn wooden ones in the area of Sixth and Penn streets in downtown …
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A Walk Through History — Reading Quaker Meeting House

Reading Quaker Meeting House resizedThis view is looking southward to the Reading Quaker Meeting House that stood from 1765 to 1868 at the southwest …
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  • Berks County Courthouse

    Sixth Street Entrance

    The massive Sixth Street entrance is built entirely of granite and overhead on a granite tablet is inscribed the Latin phrase, “Justitia et Lex,” which translated means “Justice and Law.” Entering into the construction of the new courthouse were 2,000,000 new bricks and 1,000,000 old bricks. In addition there were several hundred pieces of limestone and granite, all of which were numbered when shipped from the quarries and had a specific place on the plan as to where they went in the building. There are massive solid bronze fixtures.

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  • D.I.D. Authority Board Meetings

    The Board of Directors of the Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority conducts its monthly meetings on the fourth Monday at noon. The meetings are held at the DID office at 645 Penn Street, 5th Floor.
  • Reading Main Street/Downtown Promotion & Marketing Meetings

    The Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority, together with the Reading Main Street Program, routinely hold Downtown Promotion & Marketing meetings to promote downtown Reading.

    These meetings, which are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:45 am. at the Outside In, 601 Penn Street, are open to anyone interested in promoting downtown Reading.