Chamber hosts ‘State of Lancaster County’ event

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa (WHTM) – The Lancaster Chamber held the ‘State of Lancaster County’ event at St. Joseph’s University Friday morning.

Mayor Danene Sorace, county commissioners and municipality leaders were on hand discussing trends and the future for the county.

“It’s really critical. Events like this really open up that audience as to what we’re looking to do, why we’ve done it, what we studied, and how we’re going to look to move forward,” Denver Borough manager Michael Hession said. “So any time we can share that information with the community, it starts to reinforce it and it gets easier and easier to implement some of those goals.”

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Comprehensive plans were discussed for three, multi-municipality areas. Hession says jobs in his area outweigh places to live.

“We have a lot of industry and commercial businesses in our district, in the Cocalico district. We’re finding out that we’re having a hard time having employees there to get that for them, to get employees to expand and grow and to continue. Housing costs are high. Housing availability is low,” he said.

County Commissioner Ray D’Agostino believes finding more housing that’s affordable is important for the county’s economic future. He believes local officials have been proactive.

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“Communities are looking at that,” D’Agostino said. “They are making changes to their local land use ordinances to accommodate that.”

Quarryville Borough manager Scott Peiffer says the vision is to keep southern Lancaster County rural. Tara Hitchens is an assistant township manager for East Lampeter Township. Its focusing on making roads more sustainable for bikes, buggies and buses.

Mayor Sorace has been upfront with the city’s lack of money. The county is unhappy with the city’s recent decision to stop cooperation with ICE in most cases.

However, the two are searching for a middle ground when trying to shape the future for Lancaster’s economy.

“I just continue to see people working together more and more,” Commissioner D’Agostino said. “I think that’s a bolster as well for the future.”

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