Depending on where in York County one lives or works, the term "economic development" could mean anything from finding a local place to sell a farmer's fruit to filling vacant buildings.
And for those interested in the economic futures of their townships or boroughs, a series of upcoming meetings hosted by area legislators will explore the efforts under way to attract business and improve quality of life in five regions of the county.
The fourth annual Economic Development Regional Meetings start Monday, hosted by the York County Economic Alliance and York County Planning Commission.
Planning Commission Director Felicia Dell said the meetings, which would be of particular interest to municipal officials and business owners, will air the endeavors outlined in the York County Economic Development Plan. Efforts are different in each region of the county because each has unique economic circumstances, she said.
Each presentation will include a county trail plan that identifies resources needed to successfully build hiking and biking trails, as several
communities across the county have ideas, she said.
Below is a list of meetings, each of which will be held 5:30-7 p.m., for each region and the various efforts to be discussed.
South Eastern Region: The meeting will be held Monday at Lower Chanceford Township Building, 4120 Delta Road in Airville and will be hosted by state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township.
Issues to be discussed:
---Creation of the Susquehanna Conservation Landscape Initiative along the Susquehanna River from Route 30 south, as well as the promotion of natural assets to attract tourism.
---The local food supply system and making sure growers have outlets to sell products locally, including to school districts, major chain grocery stores or farm stands.
Greater York Region: The meeting will be held Wednesday at the York County 911 Center, 120 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township. It will be hosted by state Reps. Eugene DePasquale, D-York City, and Keith Gillespie, R-Springettsbury Township.
---Promoting downtown revitalization and the efforts under way.
---An update on West York's revitalization of Keystone Weaving Mill and streetscape projects, and examples of how to duplicate the project in other areas of the county.
---Wrightsville and its receipt of National Fish and Wildlife Federation funds to improve the borough along its waterfront.
South Western Region: The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Penn Township Building, 20 Wayne Ave. It will be hosted by state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams County.
---Hanover's "Main Street" visioning program to improve the main streets downtown and create a core downtown area that serves as a venue for community efforts.
---McSherrystown and Conewago Township in Adams are interested in linking with Hanover to jointly plan growth across county lines.
South Central Region: The meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Springfield Township Building, 9211 Susquehanna Trail South. It will be hosted by state Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus.
---Glen Rock is trying to find programs to revitalize vacant buildings, create better signage and capitalize on the York County Heritage Rail Trail.
Northern Region: The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Warrington Township Building, 3345 Rosstown Road. It will be hosted by state Reps. Seth Grove, R-Dover, and Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg.
---Dillsburg's identification of sites for potential development.
---Considering the Route 15 corridor and how to improve safety but maintain access to Dillsburg commerce.
---Newberry Township's efforts to identify land along I-83 for rezoning for industrial use.
The meetings are free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.
For more information or to register for a meeting, visit www.ycea-pa.org or call 848-4000. Registration is encouraged but not required.
-- Reach Christina Kauffman at email@example.com.