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Grants target York neighborhood hurt by housing blight

The state has awarded $280,000 so that seven houses in York can be rebuilt to address a shortage of affordable housing in the city while removing blight.
  • The state money will be combined with $30,000 from the city.
  • The city will administer the state grant through the Redevelopment Development Authority of York, according to a news release from the House Democratic Communications Office.

Why is this happening: "Helping to invest in York has always been a top priority for me," State Rep. Caol Hill-Evans, D-York, said in a statement. "With funds like these, we can drive targeted investments that have real return and make a difference in the lives of our friends, families and neighbors.”
  • A spokesperson for the city of York and the state Department and Economic Development could not be reached about more details. But the press release noted that four of the properties are along Penn Street, near York College.

What's involved: The project includes acquisition, stabilization and repair of seven properties that present a danger to the community.
  • The plan is to buy the blighted properties, stabilize them and then sell them, according to the news release.
  • The four properties that have created a row of blight on Penn Street are along a major connecting artery between York College and downtown York. 

The bottom line: Affordable housing has been a priority around Central Pennsylvania as a hot real estate market prices many people out of homeownership.

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WHO'S EXPANDING: UPMC Workpartners. The Pittsburgh-based company is bringing its workers' compensation services to employers in Maryland and New Jersey. The company already covers Pennsylvania and Delaware. Workpartners integrates products and services such as leave and disability, employee assistance, benefits administration, on-site services, and health and wellness services. 
  • The geographic expansion reflects a growing demand for competitive workers’ compensation products, according to the company.
  • The products help clients address issues such as data conversion, claims management, physician peer review, analytical safety support, safety committee support, medical cost containment and OSHA reporting, the company said. 

The background: Workpartners is a part of UPMC, the $23 billion health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh. 


WHO'S HIRING: Dame Leadership. The management consulting company based in Dauphin County has hired Joseph Robinson Jr. as a strategic consultant. 
  • Robinson most recently served as executive director of the South Central Pennsylvania Sickle Cell Council
  • He also is president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Development Institute, a local think tank and developer of community leaders training in the tenets of Dr. King.
  • In addition, he serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation, NAACP Executive Committee, and the New Birth of Freedom Boy Scout Council.

What does he bring: In his book "7 Leadership Imperatives from a Wild Man" published in 2008, Robinson outlines a leadership model he developed through years of experience. Over 3,000 people have been trained and developed using this model.
  • “My personal mission is to develop effective leaders with a zeal for service,”  Robinson said in a news release.

WHO'S BEING HONORED:  Jeff Hines. The former leader of the The York Water Co. will be the York County Economic Alliance's 2021 Business Achievement Honoree. 
  • Hines will be recognized July 20 with an event held outdoors at York Water's Reservoir Park.
  • Hines retired in March 2019 as the company's president and CEO, a title he held since 2008.

Good company: Past recipients include Louis Appell Jr., Art Glatlfelter, Bob Pullo, Bob Kinsley, Carolyn Warman, Larry Miller, Mike Kochenour, Congressman Bill Goodling, and two Pennsylvania governors, George Leader and Tom Wolf. The most recent awardee was Bill Shipley in 2019.
  • The July 20 event will feature a cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m. A dinner and program will start at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets will be available for purchase on the YCEA website in coming weeks.

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