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

View the full plan here.
View the executive summary here.

2023 York County Housing Study | Phase 1 Findings Release

As a part of the EAP, there is a callout for a comprehensive assessment to better understand the state of the housing environment in the county and develop a plan to address the challenges raised through the assessment findings. To address this, a steering committee comprised of several countywide housing partners kicked off a two-phased housing study in early 2023.

The first phase of the study, a Housing Needs and Conditions Assessment, is complete and materials related to the findings may be found below:

The steering committee will be engaged in Phase 2 of the study, for the rest of 2023, to develop recommendations and solutions to address the challenges raised through the assessment.

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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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