Coming Together to Grow YCDC Update 1.8.18
8 Jan 2018
Coming Together To Grow, Growth, News Articles, Economic Development
Coming Together to Grow, 1/8/18
Lisa Hurley, CEcD, Executive Director of York County Development Corporation
It’s the time of year when I reflect back over the last year. I’ve been looking over YCDC’s accomplishments since we kicked off our 2018 Investment Drive in December, as we finalize the 2018 YCDC Strategic Plan. 2017 was very busy in our office! We added a staff person, Bre Goben, our Development Coordinator to focus on housing and talent County-wide. Our successes as you read more below, would be our Marketing Hometown America, several business openings, new marketing efforts, and working on over 20 projects, some of which are continuing into 2018.
Deb and I were talking about how none of the YCDC staff grew up in York County, but we have all made it our home. To us, York County is truly one community. I truly love my home here, and when I am talking of York, I am speaking of the whole County. What’s good for one community is good for all of us. Any new jobs or housing in the County affects us all. Not only does the County’s tax valuation increase, but they provide opportunities for people to live closer to their work, and to have potential customers for any of the retail, restaurants and service businesses. New families also mean all of our schools have more students joining their ranks. To help with housing and job initiatives, we share these opportunities on our website and social media.
The year started with phase one of our Marketing Hometown America initiative. This program trained around 20 facilitators from around York County, who worked with their own study circle creating strategic plans. Community outreach was included, and we now have groups working on specific goals of those strategies. If you want to become involved, please contact Bre at 402.362.3333. In December, she finished up working with 15 York College interns on completing four projects throughout York County.
In 2017 YCDC helped Cyclonaire and the York Public Schools partners to receive a Talent Innovation grant to help start a manufacturing program at the York Middle School. We held a successful regional Career Day & Job/College Fair. We hosted a class of UNL students for an afternoon meeting with employers and sharing what our area has to offer. We are now working with UTC Aerospace and Southeast Community College about the possibility of creating a manufacturing bootcamp that will affect the region. We also hosted educators from several schools on an Industry Tours for Educators. These workforce programs have short and long-term impacts.
Doing community tours is one of the favorite parts of our job. We have done them for potential businesses, employees, students, educators, developers, contractors and best of all, the corporate men and women of our local businesses. We are able to show them the great County they are investing in. We have completed three Headquarter visits as part of our Business, Retention & Expansion program.
Greg Kolbjornsen, with Golden Shovel was here in November to do the first of three production visits for our newest initiative. We are creating virtual reality videos telling York County’s story. These videos are being done in partnership with York County Visitors Bureau, York College, and many businesses. Greg will be out in York County again in late spring/early summer, and then the first part of September so we can catch the York County Fair, YorkFest parade and other fall activities. Our goal is to have videos showcasing the economic development opportunities in York County, to create a talent recruitment/quality of life video that all businesses in York County can utilize, a tourism video working with York County Visitors Bureau and for York College to complete a student recruitment video. We have to be able to share our story!
McCarthy Holthus LLP opened a York County location shortly after the 2017 Career Day & Job/College Fair, bringing professional office jobs to the area. We look forward to them continuing to grow in York. We have two new boutiques in York with the opening of Triple Crown Boutique and the rebranding of Kirtsey’s Clothing & Gift Boutique. Larson’s Locked and Loaded opened up. PTUSA-York is producing, and recently moved into their new office building. I have enjoyed working with these and many others as they strive to meet their business goals. If you drive around the County, you can see our business base diversifying, which is a great thing for our economic stability. We have enjoyed working closely with these business owners as they open up, expand and become successful.
I need to thank our YCDC investors. When I started at YCDC in May 2013, there were 90 businesses investing just over $50,000 a year. In 2017, 140+ private investors (with some individuals) invested $82,000. We could not do what we are doing without our investors, and this investment growth allows YCDC to do more, but it also shows me that we are becoming better known throughout the County. Through planning efforts, a wide variety of projects and priorities have been identified by citizens throughout the County. We are working with various partners to address what we can, but it will truly take private-public partnerships to accomplish some of the goals that are either not a YCDC goal, or are outside of our budget. We are here to advocate and market for our County’s visibility, quality business growth and a continued collaboration.
We are always available if you have business, housing or talent ideas. Please reach out to either Lisa or Bre at 402-362-3333. If you would like to invest in York County with us, please call 402-362-3333 or visit our website at http://www.yorkdevco.com/york/investor-directory/?v=categories.