What was once a dream, the Adams Commerce Center, is now a thriving reality. And just as parents raise a child, there were countless people for many years who nurtured the idea of a commerce center and participated in the development of the full-blown, successful economic hub employing more than 1,000 people that it is today.

The Adams Commerce Park evolved from a string of meetings, task forces, committees and studies. The first such meeting was in 1986 when Med-Ed sponsored a community-wide session to talk about the state of economic development in Adams County. The Adams County Board of Commissioners, The Chamber of Gettysburg and Adams County, neighboring York and Franklin County Industrial Development Corporations, and many community leaders were all instrumental in this process.

Robin Fitzpatrick is president of Adams Economic Alliance, 717-334-0042, adamsalliance.org. The alliance is comprised of three organizations: The Adams County Economic Development Corp., the Adams County Industrial Development and the Adams County General authorities.

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