New York Times report: Local, state incentives pour in to York County, other businesses

A New York Times investigation of incentives that cities, counties and states award to businesses show 70 listings for York County businesses having received all or part of grants, loans or incentive programs. The top nine listings total $30.3 million.

The incentives cover grants or state programs. The Times’ report does not say which years are covered by the numbers, but the earliest grant listed for a York County company occurred in 2008.

The Times said its “investigation has examined and tallied thousands of local incentives granted nationwide and has found that states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies. The beneficiaries come from virtually every corner of the corporate world, encompassing oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, banks and big-box retail chains.”

Many major York County businesses are on the list, including:

  •  Da-Tech Corporation, which received $7.7 million in grants including a film tax credit, job creation tax credit and machinery & equipment loan fund grant.
  •  Church & Dwight, which received $3.09 million, including an infrastucture development program grant, job creation tax credit and customized job training.
  •  Waste Management of Central Pa. Inc., which received $80,000 from the opportunity grant program and in customized job training.

York County officials have put together a plan that includes incentives that they hope will convince Johnson Controls to stay in the county if it leaves its Spring Garden Township location.

Explore the Times’ data and read the stories at the links above.

About Scott Blanchard

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