Lancaster has been selected as one of two Pennsylvania cities to qualify for the CRIZ (City Revitalization and Improvement Zone) financing program. This program, created by the extensive efforts of Mayor Gray and Senator Smucker (and their respective Teams) over the past 18 months, essentially captures new revenue that would normally go to the State, generated from City development projects in identified geographic areas, and applies that revenue to support project financing. This legislation is a dynamic tool in inspiring job growth, taking on challenging real estate projects, and continuing to advance the vibrancy of our City. It is expected new projects will begin the review and approval process later in 2014, as directed by the newly established CRIZ Authority Board. Bob Shoemaker, LCA President & CEO, John Reed, LCA Vice Chair, Randy Patterson, LCA Board member and Tom Baldrige, LCA Advocacy Leadership Team member are each members of the Authority Board. We are delighted to be one of the first Cities, along with Bethlehem, to be selected to benefit from this program, and equally proud that our City’s leadership played the leading role in the program’s creation.