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Big economic plan in the works for Codorus Creek

York
County movers and shakers
are meeting today to discuss an ambitious economic plan focused on the Codorus
Creek.

York
County movers and shakers
are meeting today to discuss an ambitious economic plan focused on the Codorus
Creek.

A six-mile stretch of the Codorus could attract as much as
$1 billion of new investment over the next 15 to 20 years, according to a 2006
study
by the York County Economic Development Corp.

The organization recently pulled together a group of about
40 municipal and county officials, nonprofit leaders and businesspeople to
discuss that vision. The group has named itself Regional Opportunities for the
Waterfront, said Genevieve Ray, who leads it. Ray is a York City Council
member, redevelopment consultant and longtime advocate for the waterway.

Other regions have spurred economic development by focusing
on their own rivers, Ray said.

“It’s a great natural resource,” Ray said. “We would be
foolish to ignore such an asset as a waterway running right through the center
of our county and our city.”

The Codorus Creek plan is a new focus for the YCEDC, which
was previously tied up with work on the baseball stadium that opened in York last year, said
President Darrell Auterson.

“It will very much be an action-oriented committee,”
Auterson said.

The group is still in the process of setting its agenda,
Auterson and Ray said. The 2006 study is available here.

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