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Berks County Industrial Development Authority earns award

The Berks County Industrial Development Authority was the winner of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association’s 2021 Project of the Year Award for its creation of the Berks Park 183 industrial park in Bern Township.

During the pandemic BerksIDA installed $7.5 million in infrastructure on the site, employing as many as 50 construction and utility workers in a year with unprecedented unemployment. In a press release, BerksIDA said 80% of the site is already under agreement for development with an expected 400 to 800 permanent jobs upon full build-out.

“We are thrilled to see the Industrial Development Authority recognized for implementing a project with meaningful job creation,” said Berks County Commissioners Chair Christian Leinbach, in a statement. “This is a win for all of Berks County.”

The project will bring 55 acres of land to productive use after nearly 80 years, adding $8 million to $12 million in property taxes over the next decade.

Source: Berkshire mont

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