Wolf Administration: Engagement and Investment Critical in York City’s Revitalization

York, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver joined local officials and York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) President and CEO Kevin Schreiber on a walking tour of York to highlight the city’s revitalization made possible through support from the commonwealth.

“Economic impact and community development are two sides of the same coin, and the city of York is a great example of the notion that you can’t have one without the other,” said Sec. Davin. “The city’s strategic vision, state investment, and engagement at the local level are the keys to a successful revitalization, to the benefit of both the community and its economy.”

The visit focused on York’s economic development priorities related to tourism, building a locally sourced technology infrastructure, and small business development. The tour included stops at The Grotto, a 3,200-square-foot entrepreneurial co-working space, and the Prince Street Café on Market, an established Lancaster coffee shop that opened a second location in York.

“As a York County resident, I am thrilled to see the revitalization of the city,” said Executive Deputy Sec. Weaver. “This effort was made possible by the coordination of local officials and the residents who are proud to call York City home, and the commonwealth’s continued investment will only help bolster those efforts in the future.”

The Grotto is a new coworking space housed in the Rupp Building, which received funding through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program to offset the costs associated with its rehabilitation. The Grotto has already brought in several tenants and has organized events to connect entrepreneurs. Also located in the building, the Prince Street Café on Market received a low-interest Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan to expand its business into York County in March 2019.

“York County is always grateful to showcase our community’s growth,” said YCEA President and CEO Kevin Schreiber. “Crucial to our efforts is the support from Secretary Davin, his team, and the commonwealth. Their investment has been leveraged to create real projects and spur other opportunities in our communities.”

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) program, or the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program and other DCED initiatives, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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