While multiple independent efforts push toward scheduling a crime summit for Reading – including a pre-summit planning session set for Monday in the offices of state Sen. Judy Schwank – business executives are casting votes on the city’s tarnished image with their feet.
New executives hired by Berks companies are choosing to live in Chester or Montgomery counties, preferring greater proximity to Philadelphia, according to Ellen T. Horan, president and CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Horan, citing conversations with officials at Berks companies, said the perception of the city as crime-infested is repelling executive talent.
“The summit is a great idea,” Horan said. “I would like to see a little more urgency.”