In 2011, this city of more than 87,000 people and 28 parks had no active rec centers and zero playgrounds. But that was all about to change with the genesis of the Reading Recreation Commission, an organization that has flourished thanks to creative funding solutions, a whole lot of elbow grease, and one inspiring leader.
In 1893, Pennsylvania was practically devoid of trees. In 2018, the state boasts 121 state parks encompassing nearly 300,000 acres and a state forest system comprised of 2.2 million acres in 48 counties. These natural assets are invaluable, whether you're talking about the Commonwealth's economy or its health.
Hurricane Sandy was the push these two coffee experts needed to open their own shop, and Philadelphia was the right place. They recently added an off-site roastery, providing beans to both the cafe and other local businesses.
Like many Pennsylvania regions, the Greater Susquehanna Valley is working hard to attract and retain companies and talent. Thanks to a robust young professionals organization, a dedicated economic development community, stellar higher ed institutions, cool towns and fun breweries, they're on their way. Join us on May 17 in Mifflinburg for Gather Up: Susquehanna Valley, a networking event and celebration of the region.