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For Kevin Schreiber, Thursday marks the end of his run as a state representative and the beginning of his time as president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.

Schreiber, D-York City, announced his plans to drop his re-election bid in early August, late in the election season but still giving the Democratic Party enough time to put another candidate on the ballot in the 95th District.

His replacement, former York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans, went on to win the election and will head to Harrisburg in January.

Schreiber said Tuesday the transition seemed like forever away when he made the announcement, but that time allowed him to finish his term as an elected official and familiarize himself more with the inner workings of the alliance.

The YCEA is the local business advocacy group that promotes workforce development and helps connect businesses with potential employees and clients.

Schreiber spent the past week or so moving  things into his new office at 144 Roosevelt Ave. in York City.

He had two offices — one in York City and one in Harrisburg — while serving as a state representative, so he's technically downsizing, but he said the move gave him an opportunity to reminisce about his two terms and clean out a bit.

He said he's excited to take the head role of an organization that does so much for York County.

Schreiber pointed out that the county is currently at the center of the state's political universe with Gov. Tom Wolf; Auditor General Eugene DePasquale; state Sen. Scott Wagner, an aspiring 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate; and Rep. Stan Saylor, recently appointed House Appropriations chairman, all hailing from the area.

Among his initial priorities for his new position, Schreiber said he hopes to improve public awareness of all the services that the alliance offers.

"We do a lot incredibly well," he said. "We just don't take the time to sing our song well enough sometimes."

Schreiber replaces interim president and CEO Loren Kroh, who took the position when Darrell Auterson left the job at the end of January.

At the time of his appointment, Kroh indicated he'd like the process to find a permanent replacement to move expeditiously, but now that it's ending, Kroh said he enjoyed his time steering the organization.

Kroh, who has held various leadership roles in York's business community for the past 30 to 35 years, said he will be stepping away completely from the alliance for at least a few months to allow Schreiber to firmly take control.

Kroh said he believes Schreiber is the best person for the job, and he looks forward to seeing his successor use his contagious energy to attract younger  members to the alliance.

Kroh said he suspects he will move back into some role with YCEA eventually, but for now he plans to spend more time with his wife and work on his small business, Corvus LLC, an online campus toolkit to aid  college students.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.

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