YCEA to host annual dinner, awards ceremony

Jason Addy

The York County Economic Alliance will honor several local business leaders at its annual dinner and awards ceremony at the end of April.

The  2017 Annual Dinner for the York County Economic Alliance starts at 5:15 p.m. April 28 at the Wyndham Garden York, located at 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township, according to a news release.

York County Economic Alliance

At the awards ceremony, York City Mayor Kim Bracey, Mantec marketing manager Leigh Ann Wilson and York City-based Elite Digital Group will be honored for their contributions to the York County business community.

Bracey has been named the winner of the 2017 Athena Award, which is given out to “build awareness of and honor the valuable contributions being made by women and men in the York business community,” the release states.

After graduating from Bloomsburg University and serving in the U.S. Air Force for more than a decade, Bracey returned to York in 1994 to run the YouthBuild program at Crispus Attucks, “beginning a personal commitment to providing educational pathways for underserved youth that continues to this day,” according to the release.

Wilson is the winner of the YCEA’s 2017 Ignite Young Professional Award, given out to recognize business leaders between the ages of 21 and 40 “for their career success, participation in professional development activities, community involvement and influence they have had on other young business leaders,” the release states.

“As a marketing department of one” for Mantec, a manufacturing consulting firm in York City, Wilson has made numerous and diverse contributions over the past decade while also serving on several local business boards.

Social media marketing firm Elite Digital Group will scoop up the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award.

The small business award is given to a locally owned private business with fewer than 100 employees that has been in business for at least three years.

To be eligible for the award, businesses must have been a member of the YCEA for at least one year, “demonstrate growth on the local employment market and continue to grow sales volume, as well as demonstrate aid to the community through personnel or financial resources,” the release states.

Representatives from Glatfelter will introduce the first White Rose Appreciation Award, though a winner is yet to be announced.

Until April 14, YCEA members and their guests can purchase tickets for $75 per person, while non-YCEA members can purchase tickets for $100 each. The dinner will feature live entertainment and comedy by The Capitol Steps.

Anyone interested in attending the annual dinner can register by calling Mary Walker at 717-771-4575.

The York County Economic Alliance is the county’s official chamber of commerce and economic development organization, working to connect local businesses to specialized funding, services, advocacy programs and events that will contribute to their financial success.