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OPED Schreiber: Gratitude for the past, hope for the future
This is my final editorial submission as state representative. My term concludes Nov. 30 and on Dec. 1, I will begin as the president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.
Thank you to my constituents. It has been an incredible honor to represent you in the House of Representatives. Thank you to my wife, Jen, our family, and all of our many friends and supporters.
Thank you to my incredible team that has worked hard to serve our citizenry. Thank you to the confidence and trust of the leadership and team at the York County Economic Alliance for permitting me such an amazing opportunity. Congratulations, of course, to Rep-Elect Carol Hill Evans, I am excited for you to commence this noble position.
I have been incredibly fortunate to work to improve and assist our community my entire professional career in York. Serving in the House is a true honor not afforded many. It is an amazing chapter in my life and one that I will always look upon fondly.
Together, and with your support, we've accomplished very positive and lasting contributions to our Commonwealth, county and community.
Legislatively, we can look to larger scale successes like the advancement of medical marijuana, historic investments in transportation and education funding, the modernization of our education funding formula, our liquor system and economic development liquor licenses. We created city Revitalization Zones, and while one has thus far eluded York, it is an excellent tool that I hope we compete for in the not too distant future. Also, to help our older communities, we have developed a new revenue source to assist the demolition of blighted property.
Locally, with the support of so many, we created a Collegiate Advisory Council to engage and empower our next generation of leaders and we created a Career Fair to help all job seekers. This is an initiative that also assists those that may have had a mistake in their past. Expanding on that component, we launched an expungement clinic, to help those with prior mistakes get the technical assistance needed to clean that record up. We launched Spanish-speaking mobile offices. We worked to address teenage homelessness and drive more EITC dollars to education organizations countywide.
Success truly has a thousand parents. These accomplishments could not have been done without an army of support from staff members, community volunteers, to other elected officials such as our mayor and county commissioners, and with the support and friendship of my colleagues in the York County delegation.
There is far too much to mention in this short piece. Altogether, it has been an amazing experience in office. As I turn a page in my life and flip to the next, I am incredibly excited to join the York County Economic Alliance as president and CEO.
I have spent my career thus far preparing for this role. This esteemed organization exists to enhance and improve York County and to ensure we continue to advance and share prosperity. The YCEA has a stellar team of employees, board leadership and an army of volunteers. It is alongside all of these individuals, I look forward to the work ahead to continue to position York County as the premiere place to do business, to reside in, recreate and ultimately to invest in.
YCEA is a lead agent for positive change and growth in York County as well as the chief celebrant of all her attributes. YCEA not only bolsters business but it serves as the chief connector, spotting occasions to connect people or business to opportunity.
We’ve so much going in our favor that I am excited and incredibly optimistic for what lies ahead. Undoubtedly, there will be challenges, but the York community has consistently proven that it can surmount any hurdle and best any challenge.
To work within one's community to improve that community is a special charge in life. As I consider where my efforts can have the greatest impact, I am ever more eager, excited and grateful for the opportunities and work that awaits at the YCEA.
York has given me so many amazing opportunities. I received my education at York College and then further at Penn State, I met my wife, I served our city and Commonwealth, I have made some incredible friendships and worked alongside tremendously talented people. Collectively, as a county we continue to accomplish great things with only more ahead.
I am forever grateful, York, for the chance you've given me to continue serving you. I won't let you down.
— Kevin J. Schreiber is outgoing state representative for the 95th District. He begins his new role as president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance on Dec. 1.