CGA Law Firm and Shipley Energy are the latest companies to join a list of local businesses that are encouraging home ownership in York City.

The companies are following the lead of WellSpan Health, York College and the York Revolution, which have announced incentives to employees who choose to live in the city.

Beginning Tuesday, July 1, full-time CGA employees purchasing their first home in York City will receive a financial grant for 15 percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of $10,000.

"As a company, and as individuals, we are collectively excited about all of the continuing revitalization efforts in downtown York that materially improve the quality of life for those of us who live and/or work here every day," attorney Frank C. Countess said in a prepared statement.

Shipley Energy is now offering the same 15 percent deal, which also is capped at $10,000.

The energy company has also made arrangements with Barley Snyder, a regional law firm, to provide reduced closing costs.

To receive the benefits, Shipley employees must have at least six months of continuous service with the company and provide 45 days of notice about their intent to participate in the program.

"We announced the incentive (Wednesday) and it has generated quite a bit of interest among employees. Our hope is some of them will take us up on the offer. It helps build the tax base in the city, and York is a great community and great city to live in," said Shipley spokesman Bob Astor.


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