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Economic Development

Economic Development

Berks County is open for business and we are here to help. In fact, we are so committed to growing our economy and  guiding our future that we've just launched our new strategic economic development action plan, IMAGINE Berks. 

We know you want to be located in a community that cares about its residents, its businesses and its future. With IMAGINE Berks, we will put our plans and dreams for our community into real actions throughout the next five years. Check out www.ImagineBerks.org or click on the image to the right to view the plan and learn more.   

South Central PA Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2023-2028 (CEDS)

The County of Berks is part of the South Central PA Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2023-2028. The CEDS is a guide to understanding and improving the economy of the South Central Pennsylvania region. FINAL SCPA CEDS - DIGITAL RFS.pdf

 Economic Development Departments

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Department of Agriculture

Learn about the various efforts and resources to help promote agriculture throughout Berks.  

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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission provides a regional blueprint for land use, transportation and community facilities. 

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Redevelopment Authority

The authority utilizes available funding for community redevelopment and housing rehabilitation. 

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Workforce Development Board

Learn about efforts to build a skilled and competitive workforce to boost economic development.

Local Incentives


 Joint Economic Approval Process (JEAP)

We bring the key decision-makers together to help coordinate your project review and approvals. For more information regarding this program, please contact our office below.

 Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA)

This tax abatement program offsets the increased tax assessment on new and renovated buildings and projects. To apply for LERTA, please fill out County of Berks Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Application.pdf and follow the instructions on the form.

The updated policy can be found linked here: LERTA Policy 2023

 For more information on LERTA, please contact our office below.

 Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

This is a financial tool for property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficient equipment, renewable energy, and water conservation projects.  Up to 100% of funding for the project costs can be facilitated by a special voluntary assessment. With the recent expansion of the program, multi-family housing projects can now be eligible to apply, see program guidelines for more information.  Information for this program can be found at:  Berks County C-PACE program 

These are just a few of the programs which can help make opening, relocating or expanding your business to Berks County the right move.

Contact us today to learn more about our community and our commitment to helping business thrive.