State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, said York is eligible for an economic development program. Here’s the release
State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, said that more than a year’s worth of work came to fruition today with the passage of legislation to establish the new City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program.
As Community and Economic Development Director for the City of York, Schreiber worked with Senators Mike Waugh and Lloyd Smucker, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and York Mayor Kim Bracey to create this economic development program.
“I am extremely proud to be a part of such significant legislation that will benefit the City of York,” Schreiber said. “This is truly a bipartisan effort that will move our city forward.”
The CRIZ program would authorize the investment of Pennsylvania tax revenues in designated zones to enable new investment in local economies by redeveloping eligible vacant, blighted and/or abandoned properties for commercial, hospitality, conference, retail, community or other mixed-use purposes.
Under the legislation, third-class cities with populations above 30,000, except for Harrisburg, which is under state receivership, will be able to enroll in this program.
CRIZ is based on the wildly successful program currently in use in Allentown, which has resulted in over $500 million in new investment, Schreiber said.
“While Pennsylvania’s cities can’t develop their way out of long-term, systemic structural financial difficulties, this program is an excellent tool in the toolbox of local government,” Schreiber said. “It will improve investor confidence in the City of York, it will lead to job creation and enhancement of the tax base and it will improve the quality of life in our city. I am also hopeful that it will be extended to include other cities in the future.”
Schreiber said he will begin work immediately to coordinate the establishment of the CRIZ in York, continuing the work he conducted while City Director.