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Schmidt Lecture Series

Federal research specialist, panelists to discuss City of York’s economic outlook

Keith Wardrip of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia headlines a panel of community leaders for the second installment of this year's Henry D. Schmidt Lecture Series.

York City is experiencing a wave of revitalization, as new restaurants, housing stock, and cultural venues are emerging.  But what is left to do to achieve the larger vision of York City?  A research specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says York’s economic outlook – at least according to his data – still faces challenges that need to be addressed.  

But from these kinds of trials come opportunities, says Keith Wardrip, who will be the keynote speaker and a panelist for the second installment of this year's Henry D. Schmidt Lecture Series. The event is sponsored by York College's J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Community Engagement.

“Mr. Waldrip is not going to paint a completely rosy picture,” says Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement. “It’s a tough conversation, yet an important one if we are to continue to build on the great revitalization work that is going on in York now---a conversation about education, about jobs, and about equity.”

Mr. Wardrip, who is the author of "Fiscal Stress in the Small Postindustrial City" (2014), will provide key data points to drive a discussion about ways to continue economic development in York.


Local leaders, including State. Rep. Kevin Schreiber, '02, and Industrial Development Authority Chair, Jack Kay, will then join Mr. Wardrip as panelists to discuss how the city can overcome current economic challenges, as well as how York can serve as a model for other third-class cities across the state.

Dreaming out loud

Jeff Vermeulen, Executive Director of the J.D. Brown Center, says the forum will challenge 

“The goal for the event is for the panelists to be able to dream out loud,” he says. The community to ask itself how it could help move the city forward.

“York College should act as a thought leader to economic developers and entrepreneurs,” Mr. Vermeulen says, giving them and others the tools they need to improve the city.

The college as a stakeholder

Dr. DelliCarpini also believes it is York College’s responsibility to recognize its role in addressing York’s challenges. “We need to be a stakeholder in the future of our city,” he says. “Our fates our intertwined, and frankly, it is the job of non-profit institutions like York College to provide benefit to their communities. We can do that in the form of intellectual capital and workforce education.”

“York can provide a blueprint for other third-tier cities who face similar challenges,” DelliCarpini says. “The College is committed to working with state and local government, as well as our growing entrepreneurial population, to draw that blueprint. It starts with knowing the facts of where we are now.”

Event details

When: Wednesday, May 11

Where: The Yorktowne Hotel, 48 East Market Street, York

Reception: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Program: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

How to attend: Please click here to register for the event

More: For more details, please contact the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at 717.815.6639 or

Meet the panelists

Keith Wardrip joined the Community Development Studies and Education Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in 2011 and has served as the community development research manager since 2013. In this role, he has the dual responsibilities of supervising the work of the department's research analysts and contributing to the development of its research agenda. His work focuses primarily on affordable housing, community revitalization, access to credit and credit usage, and municipal fiscal issues.

Rep. Kevin Schreiber, ’02, was elected to the Pennsylvania House in 2013 and represents the 95th district, which covers York City, West York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township. He previously served as York’s director of economic and community development. He is a 2002 graduate of York College.

Dylan Bauer is the Vice President of Real Estate Development for Royal Square Development. He also volunteers locally, teaching entrepreneurship at York College and to high school students, and advises food & beverage start-ups through SCORE.

Derek Dilks is the president and CEO of Harrisburg-based DBRD (Design+Build+Restoration+Development). He focuses on redeveloping housing projects, specifically in urban areas.

Michael Doweary, MBA '12, is the Business Administrator for the City of York. He earned an MBA and from York College and studied Continuous Improvement.

Jack Kay is the President and CEO of Susquehanna Real Estate LP and serves as chairman of the board of the York County Industrial Development Authority.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jefrey Woodall, MBA '99, chairman of the Graham School of Business at York College.

About the series

The Schmidt Lecture Series is designed to stimulate discussion about the connection between a comprehensive, liberal arts education and entrepreneurship; and to empower (or inspire) our students, alumni and community members to follow their own path toward creativity, innovation, and self-employment.

How to register

To register for the event, please click here.

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