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Plans unfold for York County advanced technology center

The York County Economic Development Corp. this afternoon
announced implementation plans for a York
County Advanced
Technology Center.

The York County Economic Development Corp. this afternoon
announced implementation plans for a York
County Advanced
Technology Center.

Officials involved with the project hope to construct the
facility in the York City Business and Industry Park.
A timeline for completion has yet to be determined and will depend on how
quickly the project can be funded, said Darrell Auterson, president and chief
executive officer of the economic development organization. The facility is
expected to cost between $10 million and $20 million, he said.

The goal is for the center to provide the advanced-skills
training that York
County companies are in
need of for their workforce, Auterson said. He also said he hopes it will
provide the opportunity for technology development and support entrepreneurial
activity. The center also should encourage collaboration between private
industry and area colleges and universities. It would include classrooms,
offices, production-center space and rooms for design and testing work.

The first center hopefully would not be the last, Auterson
said. While the first is likely to focus on advanced materials and diversified
manufacturing, Auterson said he envisions several centers focusing on various
areas of expertise.

The idea has been in the works for a couple of years and
will happen through a partnership among the York County Economic Development
Corp., the William F. Goodling Advanced Skills
Center
and the York
campus of Harrisburg
Area Community
College.

Austin, Texas-based TIP Strategies Inc. was hired last year
to help create the center, Auterson said. TIP Strategies is an economic
development consulting firm that has helped to create similar technology
centers across the country.

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