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The man who's served as the president and chief executive officer for the York County Economic Alliance for the past 14 years will step down at the end of the month, the organization announced in a Thursday news release.

The economic alliance said that during Darrell W. Auterson's tenure, its affiliated companies have created more than 14,000 jobs, and it's helped 27 businesses move to the York area.

The organization will now focus on choosing an interim leader to replace him while also searching nationally for a permanent replacement, according to the Economic Alliance.

The release quotes Auterson as saying the time has come for him to leave "to pursue new professional challenges."

The release says the organization's mission is "to lead economic growth, connect local businesses to resources and each other and advocate for business and the community to create a prosperous York County." It works with local companies.

For information on becoming a member of the York County Economic Alliance, contact Katie Caples at kcaples@ycea-pa.org or visit www.ycea-pa.org.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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