The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is dedicated to the programming and partnerships necessary to support a diverse pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of employers in Berks County.
We are focused on strategically enhancing the spectrum of services available to our members in partnership with numerous workforce, training and educational partners. The alignment of employer-driven needs, paired with educator and provider input, will drive our community towards a more streamlined approach to addressing the workforce shortage and an increasing skills gap – a trend that can be seen throughout the nation.
Workforce & Demographics
In the past 10 years, the Berks County population grew by 4% and the City of Reading’s population rose by 8% making it the 4th most populous city in Pennsylvania. Our growing and diverse population are what makes our community and workforce unique. The 2020 Census confirmed that not only is the United States more diverse and more multiracial than ever before, but so is the City of Reading and Berks County — 69% of the City’s population identifies as Latino and 18.6% identifies as two or more races. Just over 23% of the County of Berks population identifies as Latino and 9% identifies as two or more races.