Our goal is to create a sustainable, equitable and dynamic economy that elevates well-being throughout the county.

Together, the City of York, the Downtown York Business Improvement District, the York County Planning Commission, and the York County Economic Alliance have partnered with nationally known Fourth Economy Consultants to help align stakeholders around a common vision and develop a countywide strategic action plan.

This is an opportunity to drive future economic growth that will position York as a highly desirable location to live, learn, work, and play. This initiative is possible through funding support by the York County Community Foundation’s Non-Profit Management Assistance fund, Powder Mill Foundation and the Warehime Foundation. 

Updates & Progress

The York County Economic Action Plan received final approval at the December 16 Commissioners Meeting.
View the full plan here.
View the executive summary here.

Here’s the what the process looks like:

  • October 22: York County Economic Alliance unanimously approved the EAP
  • October 28: York County Planning Commission advertised the EAP public hearing and the 45-day public comment began
  • November 17, 1-2 PM: EAP public hearing in front of York County Planning Commission
  • December 15: York County Planning Commission formally recommends approval of EAP
  • December 16: County Commissioners public hearing and approval as part of the county’s comprehensive plan
  • Early Spring: City of York Comprehensive Plan is on track for early spring approval

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The Process

Fourth Economy’s Process

Projected Outcomes

A more resilient county economy

Investment in entrepreneurs and community businesses

Equitable access to opportunity and increased inclusion

A shared plan for action

Benchmarking and Metric Tracking

Steering Committees

The planning process for the York County Economic Plan is being guided by a Steering Committee of leaders from the business, nonprofit, government, education, and workforce communities.

Working Group Co-Chairs

Several working groups will be formed to develop strategies around key topic areas. These working groups are co-chaired by the following community leaders.

The Future of Industry

Taylor Groff,
CEO, Groff International

Oliver Hoar,
former CEO, RH Sheppard

Workforce & Talent Development

Jesse Mc Cree,
South Central PA Works


Jeff Vermeulen,
JD Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, York College

Tim Warfield,
Community Initiatives Development Corporation

Equity & Economic Mobility

Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson,
York City Council

Robin Rohrbaugh,
CEO, Community Progress Council

Quality of Place

Kelley Gibson,
Cultural Alliance of York County

Sean Kenny,
Farm and Natural Lands Trust 


Tom Englerth,
Board Chair, York County Redevelopment Authority

Dave Bode and Heather Kreiger,
Rock Real Estate

The Rural Economy

Bruce Miller,
AgChoice Farm Credit

Dave and Anne Loeffler,
Jefferson Borough

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