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Leadership York finds new downtown home

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Wilda Alessi, executive director of Leadership York
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A leadership training hub in downtown York is relocating to a new office space with the expectation of adding staff.

Leadership York's office, currently at 39 E. King St., plans to move to the Pullman Building at 238 N. George St. in York

The new office, formerly a residential unit in the Pullman, is approximately 1,700 square feet and designed with an open workspace in mind by design firm Warehaus, also based in downtown York.

Leadership York called the King Street location home for 10 of the organization’s 40 years, but, according to board chairman Ben Chiaro, the time for a change had come.

"There’s no real collaborative space, no open space," said Chiaro. "It’s just a little on the small side for some of the existing growth initiatives, additional programs we’re looking to establish, and additional staffing needs."

The organization has two full-time and five part-time employee but plans to add more, said Chiaro.

Leadership York is looking into new programming that will focus on continuing education for alumni of its training program as well as new initiatives to increase diversity, said executive director Wilda Alessi.

"For us, being on George Street will be great exposure for our organization and it will allow us the opportunity to grow and expand," said Alessi.

The organization has 3,500 graduates from its six training programs, including a community education course for executives new to the area and a leadership course for high school students.

The organization hopes to occupy the new space, which it will rent from York Redevelopment Associates, by May.

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