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Reading CollegeTowne

Reading CollegeTowne is a strategy and model for championing economic redevelopment in downtown Reading. Through partnerships and collaborations with the City of Reading and local businesses and organizations, Alvernia serves as a strategic enabler for strengthening the local economy downtown.

Reading CollegeTowne

Starting with purchasing a vacant building and then adding academic programming, a business incubator within Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and eventually student housing, Alvernia becomes a key leader in reviving engagement and energy in downtown Reading.

Formal Partners

  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  • Berks County Community Foundation
  • FisherBroyles, LLP
  • Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
  • Institute for Public Policy
  • Jumpstart Incubator
  • Kutztown University SBDC
  • Lehigh Valley Angel Investors
  • Tremonti
  • Berks Alliance Community Development Corp.
  • Enersys
  • The Wyomissing Foundation