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The Fortress of York, a concept developed by The Fortress Initiative and The YMCA of York and York County, is slated to be an 8,000 square foot facility focused on robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. It will serve as a hub for accelerated education, vocational training, and awareness programs for local residents, with a particular focus on underserved and
underrepresented communities.

“Advancements in technology are impacting how we think and react within our communities – from
economic development to workforce skills and education,” said Larry Richardson, President and CEO of the YMCA of York and York County. “We are proud to partner with The Fortress Initiative, area schools,
and other entities to provide opportunities to the residents of York.”

The design for The Fortress of York, formerly the site of the Western National Bank, will include space
for start-ups, established technology companies, and accelerated education and training providers. Local
organizations will offer programs focused on workforce development, youth enrichment, and industrial prototyping.

The Fortress Academy, Pennsylvania’s first and only licensed college focused on developing the first generation of robot mechanics and addressing future workforce needs, will be housed at the Fortress of

“This project continues our efforts to build a brighter, more prosperous, and truly inclusive future as we
face the challenges of what is being called the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said John McElligott, CEO of
York Exponential and President of The Fortress Academy. “In the process, we will rebuild the middle
class, empower the American workforce, and ensure people from all across York have access to
opportunities for upward mobility.”

The Fortress of York is one of several community development projects grounded in the spirit of the
original York Plan of 1940 and the York Plan 2.0.

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