Authorities, Boards & More

York County Agricultural Land Preservation Board

The York County Agricultural Land Preservation Board’s primarily mission is to protect agricultural land through the use of conservation easements. These easements provide compensation to landowners in exchange for their relinquishment of rights to develop the property, thus ensuring the property remains available for agricultural production.

Center for Traffic Safety

The Center for Traffic Safety develops and implements comprehensive community traffic safety programs intended to reduce the incidence of traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths. The traffic safety issues the agency addresses include, but are not limited to aggressive driving, distracted driving, seat belt use, driving under the influence, underage drinking and child passenger safety.

York County Conservation District

The York County Conservation District is devoted to assisting residents with their natural resource and environmental concerns. The District was founded in 1938 when 554 farmers signed a petition requesting assistance for protecting the natural resources of York County.

Today, the District not only assist farmers, but also all county residents, by promoting the maintenance, improvement and wise use of land, water, soil and other related natural resources within the County. For more information, please visit

General Authority of South Central Pennsylvania

The General Authority of South Central Pennsylvania was created by the York County Commissioners in 1998 pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act of 1945 to serve as a general financing authority for economic development projects in South Central Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact Jill Rexroth, manager, economic development & financing, at (717) 840-4000 x3052 or email

York County Industrial Development Authority

The York County Commissioners established the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Industrial and Commercial Development Authority Law, as amended.

The YCIDA is a conduit enabling companies to utilize tax-exempt financing as provided under federal law. The YCIDA provides funding through the Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) program and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA).

For more information, please contact Jill Rexroth, manager, economic development & financing, at (717) 840-4000 x3052 or email

Penn State Cooperative Extension

Penn State Cooperative Extension is an educational network that gives access to Penn State's resources and expertise. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and county governments.

Through this county-based partnership, Penn State extension agents, faculty, and local volunteers work together to share unbiased, research-based information with local residents. The extension network is one part of Penn State Outreach and Cooperative Extension, which also includes Continuing Education, Distance Education/World Campus, and Public Broadcasting. For more information, please visit

York County Planning Commission

The York County Planning Commission was formed in 1959 by the Board of County Commissioners and is composed of nine members. Since its formation, the primary goal of the Planning commission has been the preparation of a Comprehensive Plan for York County. Over the years many of the constituent elements of the Comprehensive Plan have been completed. These have included a coordinated base map system, natural features and environmental studies, population and economic analyses and plans dealing with land use, transportation, recreation, water supply and sewerage facilities.

Other responsibilities include activity dealing with data processing, traffic engineering, human services and historical preservation. The Planning Commission has been a major participant in the transportation planning facilitated through the York Area Transportation Study. For more information, visit

York County Rail Trail Authority

The York County Rail Trail Authority is a volunteer, nine-member Authority formed in 1990 under the direction of the Board of Commissioners. The Authority's mission is to enrich York County communities and countryside through the development of a network of public trails. For more information, please visit

York County Redevelopment Authority

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of York (RACY) was created in May 1964 pursuant to the Urban Redevelopment Law and facilitates redevelopment projects with an array of tools. This authority is a vehicle specifically aimed to redevelop blighted industrial sites and to forge innovative strategies for redevelopment projects throughout York County.

York County Solid Waste Authority

The York County Board of Commissioners established the York County Solid Waste Authority in 1971 to assure the adequate and proper disposal of all municipal solid waste generated in York County. The authority owns and operates the York County Resource Recovery Center, a waste-to-energy facility located at 2651 Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township. For more information, please visit

Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, doing business as rabbittransit, operates under the authority of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act of 1945.

rabbittransit, a regional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York Counties. Nearly 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. rabbittransit is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go.

The York Adams Transportation Authority was originally formed by several municipalities in 1974 as the York Area Transportation Authority (YATA). In 1990, the Board of County Commissioners formed the York County Transportation Authority. In 2011, the Board of County Commissioners, with joint approval with Adams County Commissioners, merged the York and Adams Transportation Authorities into a new authority, the York Adams Transportation Authority and later the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

More information is available at

York County Economic Development Corp.

The York County Economic Development Corp. was created by the York County Commissioners to help drive economic growth in York County. In 2011, the YCEDC and the York County Chamber of Commerce merged to become the York County Economic Alliance. The affiliation brings together business and economic development strengths to better serve members, grow businesses and create jobs.

The York County Economic Alliance’s (YCEA) mission is to serve as York County’s leading resource for facilitating economic and community development, fostering economic development and improving the quality of life in York County. 

York County Land Bank Authority

York County Land Bank Authority is another redevelopment tool to convert vacant and/or tax-delinquent properties into productive use and bring them back onto tax rolls.


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