Thumbs up: The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau deserves a citation for landing the 2014 Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
Likely one of the biggest events York has ever hosted, the eight-day event is expected to generate $4 million for the local economy as more than 2,000 participants and even more spectators descend on the county next July.
The games, which began in 1977, offer police, firefighters and EMS personnel from the U.S. and Canada an opportunity to compete in traditional sports as well as profession-specific challenges like SWAT, police service dog and firefighter skills.
About 50 events will be held all over York County. For example, the York Expo Center will host the opening ceremonies. The Graham Aquatic Center will host swimming, Memorial Park will host softball, and the York Barbell Co. will host weightlifting, to name a few.
The event is held every two years and next year will be the first time it has been held in an East Coast city.
As a bonus, the host city gets to choose a charity to receive a portion of the games' proceeds. York organizers have chosen the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Thumbs up: Parking in York City can be a hassle, but for customers of downtown merchants, it's about to get a little less so.
York City officials are in the process of upgrading an old program that allows merchants to purchase discounted parking coupons they can pass on to customers.
The program, known as Park and Shop, is about 10 years old, but the city is revamping it to make it more compatible with new technology in the downtown parking garages.
Since the garages are not staffed 24 hours a day, new coupons soon will include a magnetic strip that customers can insert into the machine after their parking permit ticket. The machine will be able to read the coupon and discount the balance owed. No cashier is necessary.
Three downtown merchants are now in the middle of a 90-day trial. If all goes well, the program will be opened to all businesses.