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IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES: THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY
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LAURA WAND LEADING IN MANUFACTURING
KEVIN’S MESSAGE: CELEBRATING YoCo’s WOMEN LEADERS
MARNIE ALEXANDER LEADING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EDUCATION
WBCO THRIVES AND AIMS TO EXPAND PROGRAMMING IN 2018
CLAIRE FORBUSH LEADING IN BANKING AND NONPROFIT DEVELOPMENT
ADVOCACY: SHARING INSIGHTS ON TAX REFORM
ANN DAVIS LEADING IN COMMUNITY ARTS AND THEATRE
YCEA EVENTS MARCH/APRIL
PAM GAY LEADING IN GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH
MAIN STREET HANOVER EVENTS MARCH/APRIL
Featured on the front cover: Photography by YRK Creative The women leading York County: Front row: Ann Davis, Executive Director, DreamWrights Center for Community Arts; Marnie Alexander, CEO, Episo; Pam Gay, Coroner, York County Coroner’s Office. Back row: Claire Forbush, Vice President, Business Banker with First National Bank; Laura Wand, Vice President and General Manager, Chiller Solutions, Building Technologies and Solutions, Johnson Controls
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WOMEN LEADERS BY KEVIN J. SCHREIBER PRESIDENT & CEO, YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE
Since August, the WBCO has increased membership 70 percent and hosted professional development luncheons featuring woman leaders including Keely Childers Heany, Editor-in-Chief of Susquehanna Style; Jennifer Foxworthy, a veteran and owner of Inspirationally Speaking LLC; Deb Harrison, the Executive Director of York County Children’s Advocacy
This past August noted both a high and low for women in Pennsylvania. On August 22 (the low), WalletHub released 2017’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality. The indicators included Workplace Environment, Education & Health, and Political Empowerment compiled from data across 15 key indicators of gender equality.
Center; and more to come in 2018.
Pennsylvania ranked 44 out of 50. Not a great nod to our beloved Keystone State.
In York County, women represent 51 percent of the population, and 60 percent of the workforce. It’s been an incredible year, but the best is certainly just beginning. There is no shortage of women leaders in our York County Community, and this issue of YoCo Connect celebrates just a
Coincidentally, two days later on August 24 (the high), the York County Economic Alliance relaunched the Women’s Business Center Organization (WBCO), formerly housed at York College. If you were in attendance at the launch party that afternoon, held at Gavin Advertising (owned by female leader and CEO Mandy Arnold), you already know the energy and
few of the many individuals.
empowerment that generated during that event.
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THE WOMEN LEADING
In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, this feature highlights a few of the many women leaders in our community:
Laura Wand Chiller Solutions, Building Technologies and Solutions, Johnson Controls
Marnie Alexander Episo
Claire Forbush First National Bank and the York County Economic Alliance
Ann Davis DreamWrights Center for Community Arts
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Vice President and General Manager
Chiller Solutions, Building Technologies and Solutions Johnson Controls STORY BY SAMANTHA GALVEZ MANAGER, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY YRK CREATIVE
Laura Wand won’t hesitate to tell you that she’s never had to wait in line to go to the bathroom during a break in a business meeting. “I would go to a meeting with 20 men, and when there was a break, there’d be a line of people waiting for the men’s room, and I had the place [the women’s bathroom] to myself,” Wand says.
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FEATURE: LAURA WAND | THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY As the vice president and general manager of chiller
“I attribute a lot of my successes to male bosses or
solutions, building technologies and solutions for Johnson
associates who have helped me,” she says. “There are
Controls, Wand calls it a perk. Throughout the 35 years
several individuals who went out of their way to broaden
she’s served the company, she’s had the opportunity
my experiences, put me in positions where I could fail
to work in product management, manufacturing, and
and learn something from it, and created an environment
software development. Although there were many times
where I could grow. I feel really fortunate.”
she was the only woman at work on the floor of her
Above all, Wand believes the commitment found by
building, she feels blessed by the opportunities she’s had.
people in York County speaks volumes.
“I don’t have the hardship story or the glass ceiling story.
“There’s something about York County: this place, this
I really don’t. What I find is that I’ve been surrounded by
community. I’ve lived in another country, and this place
people who cared about my career—cared about me, and
has the deepest sense of community I’ve ever seen. The
it felt like a family,” Wand says. “When that happens, it’s a
community is connected and doing everything in its power
very comfortable way of growing.”
to make this place better. I’ve made being engaged in the
Laura now leads a team of 3,700 people. Four hundred
community part of what I do.”
eighty of them work at the company’s new facility in New Freedom, while the rest are located across the world. One of her proudest accomplishments is the completion of the new 400,000-square-foot building. The $150 million project is the world’s most efficient and advanced test facility in the world.
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Marnie Alexander CEO
Episo STORY BY KATIE MAHONEY VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY YRK CREATIVE Marnechia “Marnie” Alexander began a journey 15 years ago that led to launching the startup Episo. Episo is a career tool for Content Creatives and is located in Central Pennsylvania, in partnership with York College of Pennsylvania (YCP). Inspired by female leaders, and a room full of videocassette tapes, Marnie encourages women to find new circles and not shy away.
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FEATURE: MARNIE ALEXANDER | THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY
Q. What was your journey that led you to creating Episo? A. About 15 years ago, a friend’s uncle bought a television station in Philadelphia. He advised me to always make sure that I am one of the people at the decision-making table. His advice really stuck with me. During my professional career, Harmelin Media, one of the largest advertising firms on the East Coast, had a significant impact on me. There were three female leaders whom I really admired: Joanne Harmelin, Mary Meder, and Lyn Strickler. Joanne’s story about how she started Harmelin at her dining room table really inspired me. While in graduate school, at St. Joseph’s University, I studied the stock value of Disney and the pre- and post-
Q. In this issue of YoCo Connect for Women’s History
Pixar acquisition, and again, it came down to what we all
Month, what advice can you provide to women who are
know: content is king. After graduating and conducting
looking toward entrepreneurship or becoming a leader?
an extensive amount of market research and expert
A. My career path has never felt like a straight journey. It
interviews, I was moved to embark upon the beginning
has felt more like a “sea voyage.” But everything works
together for the good. You can increase your knowledge in every role.
Q. How does it feel to launch a startup in Central PA?
In terms of women, we need to go and grow into circles
A. I’m always asked, “Why are you located in Central PA?”
where we are not seen often. I have been fortunate to
It’s all about loyalty. I’ve been tremendously supported. I
acquire male mentors and advisors along the way. Their
am a huge believer in being where you are celebrated, not
input has given me a different outlook on how to approach
where you are tolerated.
If there is anyone who has spearheaded the connection
My experience has been that when you venture into an
I have to Central PA, and to York, it’s Jeff Vermeulen
uncomfortable situation, that’s when you’ll learn the most
(Assistant Vice President for External Relations at YCP).
and have a moment to reflect, teach, and have an impact
He has played such a significant role as an advocate
and promoter of the partnership. Because of Jeff and Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith’s (president of York College)
Q. What can we look forward to from Episo in the
support, we have been pleased with the YCP relationship
and the Central PA area. I do anticipate having an office in
A. The core of Episo is really about how can we serve other
Central PA, as we grow, because of that relationship.
people. We want to bridge that gap between Content Creatives and the media and entertainment industry. Episo also believes that it is important to pay it forward. We partner with underperforming high schools to offer students additional support to help them learn app development, financial language, theory, and content creation.
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Claire Forbush Vice President Business Banker
First National Bank STORY BY SAMANTHA GALVEZ MANAGER, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY YRK CREATIVE
Aerial photographs brought Claire Forbush to the United States. “I had just graduated from college in England. I was given the opportunity to come to York, Pennsylvania, for the summer, and make a little money selling aerial photographs of peoples’ homes,” she says. “It was a sales job. I would knock on people’s doors all day.”
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FEATURE: CLAIRE FORBUSH | THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY
OK, so it wasn’t so much the photographs as it was the new
Since moving to York, Claire has been committed to
experience which brought a 21-year-old Claire here. That
serving on a number of boards, and she was part of the
same summer, she knocked on her future husband’s door
YCEA pre-merger, when the YCEA was still the chamber
to sell him a picture. But how she ended up in banking, and
became the YCEA’s fifth woman chair, was a long journey.
“I have a passion for this community. I just love it. When
“I moved back later that year to be with Jeff. We were quickly
I first started out, I wanted to get to know the business
married, and I needed to get a job—even something part
community, and I wanted to get to know the area better.
time,” she says. “I never thought it would be as a bank
I gave up all of my friends and family to come here and
teller, since I majored in philosophy and history of art. But
I really wanted to know everything I could about York,”
I told myself it was only temporary—until I started to enjoy
it. I thought I could move up within the bank for now.”
Forbush is excited to be the YCEA’s newest chair, and
She went to another bank and participated in a
she can’t wait to work through any challenges that may
program. After taking
accounting classes and more training, along with several
“I think we’ve come a long way in the organization,” she
job changes, she has now joined the commercial lending
says. “I’m excited about what’s happening in York, and I’m
team at First National Bank (FNB).
excited for the YCEA to evolve and change.”
“There are not many women in commercial lending.
“ I have a passion for this community.
Women in banks tend to be in the branches. It’s been seen as a guy’s world,” Forbush says. “It was challenging,
I just love it. When I first started out, I wanted to get to know the business community, and I wanted to get to know the area better. I gave up all of my friends and family to come here and I really wanted to know everything
but I think I blended in well. It’s powerful that women can do any job that a man can do. We look at it from a different perspective.”
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I could about York.”
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DreamWrights Center for Community Arts STORY BY KATIE MAHONEY VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY YRK CREATIVE
Ann Davis didnâ€™t envision a career in the arts, but as a founding member of DreamWrights Center for Community Arts in 2007, her journey took a creative, unique path. As executive director since 2008, she shares her experience and wisdom as a leader in the York arts community.
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FEATURE: ANN DAVIS | THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY
Q. What was your professional journey that led you
Q. What was your greatest challenge in your
A. It’s interesting! It’s not really a professional journey. I
A. As the executive director of a small nonprofit, the
came as a volunteer and did a lot of the grassroots work
development and fundraising component is a huge
and board development pieces of starting a nonprofit.
piece—and that’s not an area I ever dreamed I would do.
I spent time serving as chair of the board and secretary.
Putting aside my discomfort and accepting the challenge
I learned a lot about putting together the theatre from
was something I embraced. We live in a great community
the ground up. I had no theatre background and no real
that is happy to support others, and we are grateful to
intention of doing this as a job.
have such generosity.
Q. Interesting! How did you end up in the theatre
Q. What has been your biggest success?
A. I don’t claim the successes as just my own.
A. We took our kids to the theatre a lot, especially the York
DreamWrights’ biggest success is that we have continued
Little Theatre. The kids auditioned for The Hobbit and got
to grow, be strong, and change with the times. This latest
in, and from there on out, it was history.
round of renovations is pretty amazing, and people from the beginning have supported us, and now new people
Q. In this issue of YoCo Connect recognizing Women’s
coming in are supporting us as well. The energy and
History Month, what is some advice you can provide to
growth that continues to be seen is our greatest success.
women who want to excel in leadership?
Q. What can we look for from DreamWrights in the
A. You can do anything you put your mind to. There is
so much information out there—today more than ever—
A. More emphasis on the “Center for Community Arts”
to learn more about what you are interested in. Take
concept. We intend to see a broader swath of the
advantage of the people around you who know things
community be part of what we do here—a diversity of age,
you need or want to learn. You don’t have to know or
geography, and culture. We’d like to cast the net wider
do everything yourself. Create a team that can share
with more people experiencing and creating together.
their expertise. My biggest piece of advice is to continue to grow those tools and skills that change over time. I’ve connected with Leadership York and am always looking for new ways to learn. Women have been making history all along—oftentimes pretty quietly in the background—and I’m OK with that. We’re going to keep making history. We’re the drivers behind change and growth.
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York County Coroner’s Office STORY BY SAMANTHA GALVEZ MANAGER, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY YRK CREATIVE
Only six women in Pennsylvania serve as county coroners. Pam Gay is one of them. “Being a woman in a predominantly male position can be challenging, but I just decided long ago that I would work harder to prove that I can do it,” Gay says.
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FEATURE: PAM GAY | THE WOMEN LEADING YORK COUNTY
Although she is a York County native, Pam’s journey
heroin task force York Opioid Collaborative, and
to becoming the York County Coroner was a long
worked with the York County District Attorney’s
one. At age 16, after meeting the man whom she
office to get naloxone, the anti-heroin overdose
would ultimately call her husband, she attended
drug, into the hands of every law enforcement officer
nursing school and became a registered nurse by
in the county.
the time she became 19. Fast forward 35 years, and
“We have more than 300 families that we’ve worked
Pam had taught a number of nursing programs,
with over the past four years that have lost someone
moved to Florida and back, and received a degree
to the heroin epidemic. It’s a disease. It’s devastating
in journalism so that she could learn how to write
our community. It’s my job as a coroner to educate
medical articles. But it was her work as a sexual
people about the health trends and what is killing
assault nurse at York Hospital that inspired her to run
people and what we can do to prevent it,” Gay says.
for York County Coroner.
“You may never be able to convince some that you
“I like working with people who are going through
can do as good or better of a job, but I believe times
tragedy and grief, and I felt like because of what I
are changing, and there will eventually be less of that
experienced in my own life, I might be able to help
thought process in existence. I think female coroners
other people,” Gay says.
generally are more focused on the survivors and
Since taking office in 2014, Pam has focused her
connecting them to available resources.”
efforts on combating the heroin epidemic in York County. She has organized a number of educational
“ I like working with people who are
programs at churches and schools, cofounded the
going through tragedy and grief, and I felt like because of what I experienced in my own life, I might be able to help other people.”
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Thank You to the following
companies for being
for York County 140 East Market Street, L.P. AAA Southern Pennsylvania Abbott Laboratories ACCO Material Handling Solutions, LLC & Members of Local 1852 (U.S.W.) Adhesives Research, Inc. AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA Alcatel-Lucent Allstate AmazonSmile Foundation American Hydro Corporation American Red Cross of South Central PA Andersen Corporation The Arc of York County ArcelorMittal Ashland, Inc. Assurant, Inc. AT&T Technologies BAE Systems & Members of Local 7687 (U.S.W.) Bailey Trailways Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Barley Snyder Barton Associates, Inc. BB&T Bank Bell Socialization Services, Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of York, Inc.
BNY Mellon The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. The Borough of Hanover & Members of Local 2045 (I.A.F.F.) Boscov’s Department Stores, Inc. Boy Scouts of America - New Birth of Freedom Council Bradley Lifting Corporation Brewery Products Co. Brown’s Orchard & Farm Market Buchen, Wise & Dorr Business Information Group C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. C. S. Davidson, Inc. Cam Innovation, Inc. Carney Engineering Group Caterpillar Inc. & Members of Local 786 (U.A.W.) Catholic Charities CBY Systems, Inc. Central York School District & Members of Central York Education Association CGA Law Firm Child Care Consultants Children’s Aid Society - The Lehman Center Citizens Bank of PA City of York & Members of Local 776 (I.B.T), Local 627 (I.A.F.F.), Local 229 (I.B.E.W.), White Rose Lodge # 15 (F.O.P) Clorox Company Foundation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Collens Wagner Agency, Inc. Colony Packaging & Machine Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. & Members of Local 1852 (U.S.W.) Combined Federal Campaign Comcast Corporation Community Progress Council, Inc. Conductive Technologies Consolidated School of Business Consolidated Scrap Resources, Inc. CONTACT Helpline Cooper Motors, Inc Country Meadows of York County of York & Members of Local 776 (I.B.T.), Local (S.E.I.U./P.S.S.U.), Local 1485 (A.F.S.C.M.E.) Coupling Corporation of America Cox Realty Crispus Attucks Association CSL Plasma Dallastown Area School District & Members of Dallastown Area Education Association Deloitte & Touche Dentsply Sirona DHL Supply Chain Die-Tech, Inc. Diller Wierman, Inc. District 98 (I.A.M.A.W.) District 98 (I.A.M.A.W.) Retiree Action Group The DOCEO Companies Domani Wealth Dorgan & Zuck Building Contractors, Inc. Dover Area School District & Members of Dover Area Education Association Downtown Inc Eastern York School District & Members of Eastern York Education Association Edris Oil Service, Inc. Elite Digital Group Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. Engdahl Mfg. Inc. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ES3, LLC Kline Graphic Design, Inc. ESAB Welding & Cutting Products & Members of Local 1968 (U.A.W) KRB Machinery Exelon Nuclear KS Tooling, Inc. Family First Health Lamar Advertising Co. Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County LaQuinta Inn & Suites Farmers Fire Insurance Co. Larson Design Group FASTSIGNS of York Leadership York FedEx Leg Up Farm First Capital Federal Credit Union Legacy Athletic Apparel First National Bank Leisters Furniture Inc. Flinchbaugh Engineering, Inc. Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 & Members of LIU #12 Education Association Fulton Bank Local 229 (I.B.E.W.) Futer Bros. Jewelers Local 1872 (U.A.W.) Gamlet, Inc. Lowe’s Geisinger Health Plan M&T Bank Gene Latta Ford, Inc Macy’s General Electric Magnesita North America Gettle Incorporated MANTEC GGS Information Services The Maple Press Company Giant Food Stores, Inc. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Glatfelter & Members of Local 1303 (U.S.W) Glatfelter Insurance Group GR!T Marketing Group Graham Architectural Products Corporation Graham Capital Company Graham Engineering Corporation The Graham Group Graham Packaging Company, L.P. H. M. Rehmeyer Trust Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Hanover Area YMCA Hanover Iron Works Hanover Public School District & Members of Hanover Area Education Association Harley-Davidson Motor Company & Members of Local 175 (I.A.M.A.W.) Harrisburg Area Community College - York Campus Harry L. Bubb Associates, Inc. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York Heidler Roofing Services Helen Thackston Charter School Henkels & McCoy & Members of Local 126 (I.B.E.W.) Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Hershey Foods Company High Industries, Inc. Honeywell Foundation Housing Authority of the City of York I.B. Abel, Inc. & Members of Local 229 (I.B.E.W.) IBM Corp. Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, Inc Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC JCPenney Company, Inc. JDB Engineering, Inc. JMT John H. Myers & Son, Inc. John W. Keffer Funeral Home, Inc Johnson & Johnson Companies Johnson Controls, Inc. & Members of Local 1872 (U.A.W.) Kenworthy Funeral Home Keystruct Construction, Inc. Kinsley Construction, Inc. Michele Wherley, Dave Atkins, Kleppers Security Source First Capital Federal Credit Union Nutec Design Associates, Inc.
Together we are building bridges between people in need and the programs that can help. Martin Foot & Ankle McConkey Insurance and Benefits McCormick & Co., Inc. Members 1st Federal Credit Union Menasha Packaging Company, LLC Menchey Music Service, Inc Mental Health America of York and Adams Counties The Merchandiser Met-Ed, A FirstEnergy Company & Members of Local 777.3 (I.B.E.W.) MicroXpress MidPenn Legal Services Miller Chemical & Fertilizer Corp. MinuteMan Press Monarch Products Monro Muffler/Brake Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Motion Industries, Inc. Murphy & Dittenhafer, Inc. Nationwide Insurance New Hope Ministries New Standard Corporation NextEra Energy North Industrial Chemicals, Inc. North Metal & Chemical Co. Northeastern School District & Members of Northeastern Education Association Northern York County School District & Members of Northern York Education Association Northrop Grumman NRG Energy, Inc. NuTec Design Associates, Inc. Nutec Facilities Corp. Olivia’s Restaurant Orrstown Bank OSS Health PACE Resources, Inc. Pavan USA Inc. Paychex Inc. Penn State York Penn Waste Pennex Aluminum Company Penn-Mar Human Services PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company Perform Group, LLC Periodontal & Implant Center of York PA PNC Bank Corp. PoolPak International LLC Precision Custom Components LLC & Members of Local 1403 (I.A.M.A.W) Precision Medical Products Pressley Ridge Print-O-Stat Quaker City Paper Company Quality Digital Office Technology rabbittransit & Members of Local 776 (I.B.T) Raytheon Engineers/Constructor RBC Wealth Management Real Services, Inc.
Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties Red Lion Area School District & Members of Red Lion Education Association REMACE, LTD. Rite Aid RKL Robert G. Miller, Inc. ROCK Commercial Real Estate, LLC Rockwell Sales Office Rosenmiller Realty & Inv. Co. Rutter’s Corporation The Salvation Army Santander Bank Schmuck Company, Inc. Sheetz Shipley Group & Members of Local 243 (I.A.M.A.W.) Shumaker Williams PC SKF USA Inc. & Members of Local 7343 (U.S.W.) Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC Smith Village Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. South Eastern School District & Members of South Eastern Education Association South Western School District & Members of South Western Education Association Southern York County School District & Members of Southern York County Education Association Southern York County Business Association Spectra Energy Corp. SpiriTrust Lutheran Spring Grove Area School District & Members of Spring Grove Education Association Springwood Hospitality Stambaugh Ness, P.C. Stanley Black & Decker Starbucks Coffee Company - York Roasting Plant State Employees Combined Appeal Stellar Partners, LLC The Stewart Companies Stitt & Stitt Stock and Leader Strategic Advantage, Inc. Suntrust Mid-Atlantic Talen Energy & Members of Local 1600 (I.B.E.W.) Target TD Ameritrade National TE Connectivity Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Tooling Dynamics, LLC Topflight Corporation Transply, Inc. Travelers TrueNorth Wellness Services UGI Corporation United Parcel Service & Members of Local 776 (I.B.T) United Way of York County UPMC Pinnacle Hanover
UPMC Pinnacle Memorial URS Energy & Construction Inc. Utz Quality Foods, Inc. Vallen Verizon North, Inc. & Members of Local 1451 (I.B.E.W.) VisionCorps VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove Vulcan Materials Wagman, Inc. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Walton and Company, Inc. Warehaus Webb Insurance Weinstein Realty Advisors Weis Markets, Inc. Wells Fargo WellSpan Health West Manchester Township West York Area School District & Members of West York Education Association Williams-Transco Wilmac Corporation Wise Printing Company, Inc. WOLF Wolf Farms, Inc. WPMT FOX43 Wyndham Garden York Xerox Corp. The YGS Group YMCA of York And York County York Academy Regional Charter School York Ag Products, Inc. York Area Housing Group / Delphia Management Corporation York Area Regional Police York City School District & Members of York City Education Association York College of Pennsylvania
York Container Company York County Bar Association York County Children’s Advocacy Center York County Community Foundation York County Convention & Visitors Bureau York County Economic Alliance York County Library System York County Literacy Council York County Planning Commission York County School of Technology & Members of York County School of Technology Education Association York County Solid Waste & Refuse Authority York Day Nursery York Habitat for Humanity York Ice Co., Inc. York Jewish Community Center York Newspaper Company & Members of Local 38218 (C.W.A./T.N.G.) York Revolution York Suburban School District & Members of York Suburban Education Association York Township York Traditions Bank York Water Company YWCA Hanover YWCA York
This list is inclusive of all participating companies and organizations verified through 2-2-18. Every effort has been made to verify participants’ name correctness and inclusions from the 2017 United Way of York County Campaign.
WBCO THRIVES AND AIMS TO EXPAND PROGRAMMING IN 2018 STORY BY SULLY PINOS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS SOLUTIONS AND INNOVATION YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE The Women’s Business Center Organization (WBCO), a membership-based program of the York County Economic Alliance, was acquired by the YCEA and launched in August 2017 as an opportunity to inspire and empower women in business, the workplace, and community. The WBCO aims to advance women’s economic investment by connecting them to resources such as educational luncheons, networking events, a mentorship program, and advocacy outreach. Since the WBCO’s launch, the YCEA has had the pleasure of hosting dozens of talented women from across York County at Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center on the second Tuesday of the month as part of the WBCO. The turnout of membership and support from business and community leaders joining the WBCO has been incredible. Through the leadership of a volunteer advisory council, the WBCO will offer an additional resource to women across York County through a mentorship program. Slated to start in the fall 2018, the program will provide women guidance on transitioning from school to work and gaining access to community involvement, resources, and assistance with career decisions by pairing them with a mentor who will share their skills and knowledge from their years of work experience. On April 10, attendees will learn about the power of negotiating from CGA Law Firm’s Attorneys Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll and Rebecca Shanaman. The last luncheon for the season will take place on May 8 with Jody Keller, Executive-in-Residence at The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies at Penn State York. Applications for membership to the WBCO for this season and the mentorship program are still open. To learn more about membership to the WBCO, the series of educational luncheons,
resources for women in business and the workplace, go to ycea-pa.org/business-resources/professional-womens-
alliance/ or contact Sully Pinos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sully Pinos | SPinos@ycea-pa.org ycea-pa.org 22 YoCo CONNECT | MARCH/APRIL 2018 | YCEA-PA.ORG
ON TAX REFORM
STORY BY DAVID GONZALEZ JR. MANAGER, ADVOCACY YORK COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE
On the heels of the passage of the recent Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, many businesses and individuals have questions about what changes will impact them for this filing year and how to plan for the future.
Claire Weaver, Partner with Baker Tilly in York, shared some insight on what she’s experiencing with the new changes in the tax code. Q. In your opinion, what are key takeaways from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that business owners should be aware of moving forward? A. In short, this is the most comprehensive overhaul to our tax code since 1986, which, in that time, it took two years to finalize the new regulations. Regulations will continue to be adjusted as the IRS polishes its interpretation of the tax law changes. This will be the most interesting aspect of integrating the changes into law. Q. What should families keep in mind in terms of Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit? A. The Child Tax Credit has been enhanced to be even more beneficial. The credit can be worth up to $2,000 per qualifying child depending upon income—that’s twice as much as before. Dependent Care Credits were not impacted and stayed the same. For all the credits, there are certain criteria that taxpayers must meet to benefit. Your accountant will be able to help you. Q. What changes apply to charitable contributions? A. This is a big change in the tax law. The standard deduction increased; it’s now $12,000 for individuals
or $24,000 for those filing jointly. If the total value of itemized deductions is higher than the standard deduction, the best solution would more than likely be to itemize. Otherwise, most may opt for the standard deduction.
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Q. What’s in the forecast for 2018 filing? A. This will really depend on how the tax law changes
and how the regulators continue to work through the changes. Ultimately, business owners and
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gauge what is best for their particular situation. Claire Weaver is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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WBCO Luncheon, featuring Mandy Arnold, CEO of Gavin Advertising | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center, Windows Ballroom (next to oak. Restaurant), 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York
Small Business Roundtable | 3:30–5 p.m. York County Economic Alliance, YCEA Callahan Conference Room, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Ste 100, York
Economics Club Breakfast – Women Leaders of the Healthcare Industry | 7:15–8:30 a.m. Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York
Small Business Roundtable | 8–9:30 a.m. York County Economic Alliance, YCEA Board Room, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Ste 100, York
Member Orientation | 8–9:30 a.m. York County Economic Alliance, YCEA Board Room, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Ste 100, York
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WBCO Luncheon, featuring Rebecca Shanaman and Mieke Driscoll, Attorneys, CGA Law Firm | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center, Windows Ballroom (next to oak. Restaurant), 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York
Small Business Roundtable | 3:30–5 p.m. York County Economic Alliance, YCEA Callahan Conference Room, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Ste 100, York
Economics Club Breakfast – Early Learning Education | 7:15–8:30 a.m. Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York
Business After Hours | 5–7 p.m. ACNB Bank, 201 Pauline Drive, York
UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH 10 Multicultural Day at Guthrie Memorial Library (2ND Saturday)
APRIL 14 Green Clean (2ND Saturday) 27 YoCo CONNECT | MARCH/APRIL 2018 | YCEA-PA.ORG
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In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, this feature highlights a few of the many women leaders in our community.
Published on Mar 12, 2018
In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, this feature highlights a few of the many women leaders in our community.