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IN THE COMMUNITY

By Dean L. Rohrbach, Program Manager

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overnor Tom Wolf and Dennis Devin, Secretary of the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Development (DCED), visited West Reading in August
because they've heard of the "myriad of good things" that are
happening here.
The state officials visited the borough to learn more about the
West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF)
and its highly successful Main Street program, as well as the
Elm Street program that targets older residential neighborhoods.
These two programs are among the two most successful economic
development programs in the state.

The WRCRF focuses on the economic vitality of businesses and
neighborhoods in the borough. While many residents and visitors
may think that the projects, programs and events occurring in
West Reading happen because of borough government, the fact
is that the borough government is just one of our partners. These
happenings are exclusive initiatives of the nonprofit West Reading
Community Revitalization Foundation.
Over the past 15 years, West Reading has received significant
funding from the state DCED, Department of Transportation
and Partners in the Arts. Governor Wolf and DCED Secretary
Devin met with West Reading business community members and
neighborhood residents to learn how state funding benefited or
influenced their decisions to expand or locate their businesses in
the borough.
Additionally, members of the
WRCRF's strong and diverse
partnership were on hand for the
Governor's visit, including local
foundation representatives and
borough and county government
officials. These representatives
informed Wolf and Devin of how
the state's investment influenced their
decisions to invest in West Reading
because the state funding helps to
leverage their contributions.
The meeting was followed by a
tour of the business district and some
neighborhoods, where Governor Wolf
and Secretary Devin were able to see
the physical impact of state funding,
such as the $246,512 streetscape
improvement along South Sixth
Avenue. They viewed infrastructure
improvements, fa├žade improvements,

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