Issued by: Cultural Alliance of York County & York County Economic Alliance (YCEA)
York, PA – The Cultural Alliance of York County and the York County Economic Alliance partnered to launch a comprehensive study aimed at mapping the cultural and outdoor assets that exist in York County and quantifying the impact they have on their surrounding communities. This study, conducted by Fourth Economy Consulting, took an inventory of local assets in these sectors through an ecosystem mapping initiative, followed by strategic recommendations to better support the people, organizations, and businesses that support York County’s creative and outdoor recreation economies.
This study, and accompanying map is part of a larger, countywide effort to grow support and awareness of arts, culture, and outdoor assets. The Cultural Alliance and YCEA will publish the full plan in coming months, including a summary of analysis and interviews, case studies of arts and culture funding and governance programs in similar counties, and a plethora of recommendations for York’s path forward in better supporting arts, culture, and outdoor assets.
“York County’s creative and outdoor economies already make significant contributions to employment, GDP, talent and business growth,” said Kevin Schreiber, President and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance. “This visualization and our findings should aid in further grow of both sectors by leveraging expanded investments in arts, culture and the outdoors.“
“Having a visual map of the wealth of cultural and outdoor businesses and organizations which contribute to our York economy is the first step in better understanding what kind of resources we need to fully support this sector” Kelley Gibson, President, Cultural Alliance of York County.
Do you run or manage a cultural, arts, or outdoor recreation organization or company in York County? This ecosystem map is a living, breathing document, intended to consistently receive new additions and connections that represent a variety of happenings within York County. Reach out to us at Rita@culturalyork.org or visit www.culturalyork.org to fill out the survey and get on the map.
Find a download of the full study, as well as the asset map at https://www.culturalyork.org/cultural-and-outdoor-asset-study
The Cultural Alliance of York County is South Central Pennsylvania’s only United Arts Fund, fueling the creative energy and vibrancy of our community through Leadership, Collaboration, and Sustainability in order to enrich the quality of life of all of our citizens. The Cultural Alliance works to create a thriving York County where the arts are an integral component of economic growth and development, tourism, education and everyday life.
The York County Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 organization founded in 2012 through an affiliation between York County’s chamber and economic development organizations. The group drives York County’s economic growth by leveraging the collaboration, resources and expertise needed to create sustainable prosperity through facilitating expansion, funding, redevelopment, networking, business-to-business promotion, advocacy and workforce development, among many other services.