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Berks Economic Partnership accredited by International Economic Development Council

Berks Economic Partnership recently became the 22nd economic development organization worldwide, and the only one in Pennsylvania, to earn an accreditation from the International Economic Development Council, the largest membership association of its kind in the world.

On its Web site, the IEDC lauds BEP as the only organization marketing Berks County to an international, national, regional and local audience. BEP is credited with helping some 65 projects in Berks County since 2007, encouraging $136 million in Commonwealth investment and attracting and retaining nearly 11,000 jobs in the region over the past five years.

“Accreditation from the IEDC is the most prestigious accolade we can receive, and it highlights our commitment to economic development in Greater Reading,” said Jon Scott, President and CEO of BEP, in a statement.

“It really gives you credibility in the site selection community,” says BEP VP Pamela Shupp. “And it’s nice to know that we really are that well organized–that we can catch businesses that need help.”

BEP is currently focusing on the alternative energy industry and looking for ways existing area businesses can leverage their expertise in various areas–like advanced manufacturing–to assist the emerging industry.

“We think there’s some great opportunities to grow their market shares and help produce some of the things that industry is going to need,” says Shupp

Source: Pamela Shupp, VP of Berks Economic Partnership
Writer: John Davidson

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