Late last month, the state announced it had chosen two cities among six applicants for a coveted economic-development designation.

Lancaster and Bethlehem were approved to move forward with creating City Revitalization Improvement Zones, a new financing mechanism created by the state Legislature last summer and designed to attract business and jobs to cities by offering developers state and city tax revenue to pay off project debt.

Seven cities were deemed eligible for a CRIZ. Five -- including, Scranton, which was not on the original list -- applied.

The state released its guidelines Oct. 31 and set a Nov. 30 deadline for applications.

Soon after the state's announcement of the winners, York City officials learned their application had been disqualified because of a technicality. Erie's application met the same fate, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The two cities designated existing authorities to implement the CRIZ program but failed to amend the articles of incorporation to include those powers, state officials said.

The York Dispatch submitted a Right to Know request Dec. 6 to the state for copies of all cities' CRIZ applications.

The state responded Monday with the requested documents, available below: