Fostering York’s next wave of business leaders

The partnership between the York Young Professionals and York County Economic Alliance is an “investment that’ll pay out for years to come for the whole community and future generations.”

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David Gonzalez, third from left, serves as the liaison between the York Young Professionals and York County Economic Alliance. Pictured with him, from left, are fellow YCEA employees Jeremy Slagle, Lauren Wilcox, Sully Pinos, Kyle Joines, Catherine Roque. (Our York Media)

“Collaboration lives in the heart of any thriving community.”

It seems like a rehearsed sound-bite that sounds good on camera, but to 25-year-old York City resident David Gonzalez, it’s more than that. It’s a phrase he considers firmly entrenched in his character.

David has spent much of his young life connecting generations of people across cultures and communities. His latest focus is to help cultivate the next wave of leaders across York County.

“How can we build up the next Kevin Schreiber, Delma Rivera, or Edquina Washington?” he asks.

He’s not just saying that for brownie points from Schreiber, his boss at the York County Economic Alliance. It’s the reason he accepted the liaison position on the board of the York Young Professionals, a role that links the YCEA with a group of York’s up-and-comers.

“It’s all adding to the bigger picture,” he says. “It’s another way we can work together to build a better future for York.”

How can we build up the next Kevin Schreiber, Delma Rivera, or Edquina Washington?

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David Gonzalez YCEA-YYP liaison

Beneficial partnership

Today, when people join YYP, they have access to many of the networking and professional development opportunities that are available through the YCEA, which provides direct access to over 1,100 members and close to 60,000 employees.

As such, David says, young professionals have more opportunities to meet and learn from people who have been successful in the local business community.

YCEA benefits from the partnership by having a hand in molding York’s future.

“We’re working to create sustainable prosperity that includes confidence in York for those of all backgrounds to build a life and work here,” David says. “Our community will benefit if the pipeline of capable individuals is built now, for an easier transition long after our leaders of today ‘pass the baton.’”

Vision for the future

David hopes to convene more voices to the table in the future.

YCEA is planning new ways for the organizations to foster the relationships and professional opportunities that will encourage young graduates to settle down and become successful local citizens.

“Together, we’re working to further the sense of place and ownership here in York,” he says. “It’s an investment that’ll pay out for years to come for the whole community and future generations.”

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