Two people who have been at the forefront of economic development in Reading will be honored in Philadelphia.
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Pennsylvania will present Al Boscov, chairman of the Berks County-based department store chain that bears his family's name, and Lenin Agudo, Reading's community and economic development director, with its 2013 Golden Door Award during a ceremony at The Westin hotel Tuesday night.
The HIAS, founded in 1882, presents its Golden Door Awards to those "who contribute individually and through their organizations to ensure that the contributions of immigrants are refugees to our region's economic social and cultural well-being are realized."
Boscov is the descendant of Russian immigrants; Agudo came to the United States when he was 7-years-old. They met each other through their economic development efforts.
"I'm proud to have such a resilient and honorable leader as part of my administration," said Mayor Vaughn Spencer, D-Reading, who will be attending the ceremony. "Lenin has contributed to our organization immensely and sets a great example for the Latino community, and our community as a whole."
Boscov has been key in developing the city's Entertainment Square and buying and rehabilitating vacant homes in Reading and selling them to first-time home-buyers with limited budgets through the non-profit Our City Reading group. He's also working to bring a DoubleTree Hotel and convention center to Penn Street.