York City is ready.
That was the message Mayor Kim Bracey clearly wanted to get across Thursday during a presentation to York County lawmakers, economic-development pros and the reporters who gathered in a room to hear city officials make the case for a York City CRIZ.
A City Revitalization Improvement Zone is "a tool that will be able to incentivize so many things," Bracey said.
"York is ready. We are ready to go," she said.
The new state-sponsored CRIZ program aims to attract business and jobs to cities by offering developers state and city tax revenue to pay off project debt. In other words, instead of paying certain state and local taxes, developers of approved projects will be allowed to use that money to repay lenders.
Only two Pennsylvania cities will be chosen for a CRIZ in the first round. Applications were due to the state Nov. 30. State-level bureaucrats are expected to announce their decision some time in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, advocates for York City are not being quiet about the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic impact they believe the CRIZ would mean for York.
After the presentation at City Hall, a few dozen people piled into a Rabbit Transit bus for a tour of potential project areas.
York's application cites possible projects including a $40 million data center at the old York Prison site, an $18 million hotel near the York fairgrounds and an $8 million redevelopment of the former post office on South George Street, among others.
State bureaucrats were invited to York's presentation but did not attend.
"Hopefully this will get back to them," said state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City.
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