Useful Links to Local Resources

There are lots of useful online resources for Reading and Berks County, and we’d like to share several of them with you:


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Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center are two major go-to entertainment venues in downtown Reading: https://www.santander-arena.com/

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The Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce provides education, representation, leadership, guidance and support for the economic development of the Latino business community locally and beyond: http://www.latinochamber.net

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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts at 201 Washington Street in Reading is a place to develop skills, ask questions, experiment freely, and investigate the human spirit: https://goggleworks.org/

 

The WCR (Woman’s Club of Reading) Center for the Arts at 140 North Fifth Street in Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s greatest acoustical treasures. It provides the setting and stage for concerts of the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading: http://www.chambermusicreading.org


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Check out this site for information on the City of Reading’s Planning and Zoning Divisions: https://www.readingpa.gov/content/planning-and-zoning

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Learn more about the Reading Recreation Commission, a community-based partnership between the City of Reading and the Reading School District: http://www.readingrec.org/

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Readinng Musical Foundation (RMF) is a public non-profit foundation that supports music education and outreach programs, music presenters and concert events in Berks County: https://readingmusicalfoundation.org

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Berks Alliance is a broad-community partnership designed to strengthen the community by improving the cleanliness and safety of neighborhoods, advancing economic development, enhancing education, stimulating business and job creation/expansion through a process of Collective Impact: http://www.berksalliance.org


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Berks Community Health Center is committed to improving the health of our community through the delivery and coordination of affordable, comprehensive, culturally sensitive patient- and family-centered healthcare: https://www.berkschc.net

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Since 1913, the Reading Symphony Orchestra has been providing uninterrupted access to exceptional classical music to the citizens of Berks County and beyond: https://readingsymphony.org/

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Genesius Theatre is a performance venue at 153 North 10th Street in Reading that specializes in musical theatre with professional live orchestras: http://genesiusdifference.org

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Berks Community Television (BCTV) BCTV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation committed to providing community media content, produced and hosted by people in the Berks County community: https://www.bctv.org


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Looking for available commercial properties in downtown Reading? Check out this site, provided by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA): http://www.greaterreadingsites.com/default.aspx?SA=623 Everything you need to know about GRCA is here: https://greaterreading.org/

 

On a related note, GRCA is managing the Downtown Facade Improvement Grant on behalf of the Berks Alliance, which is funding the program. ­ Goals of the program include improving the external appearance, lighting, and security of storefronts; enhancing the attractiveness of downtown Reading; and preserving and restoring historic properties. More details are available here:

https://greaterreading.org/downtown-rdg-facade-grant/

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This link is to Pennsylvania’s Americana Region (also known as Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau) website, which is loaded with lots of useful information for tourists as well as full-time residents: https://www.visitpaamericana.com/

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The Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) provides public transportation services in the area: http://www.bartabus.com