Gov. Tom Corbett will be in York next week to kick off the annual business expo with a new focus.

In its 33rd year, the event's new focus is clear in its title -- York County Economic Alliance International Business & Workforce Expo.

"We want to showcase how international York County companies really are," said Bob Jensenius, alliance vice president.

The two-day event will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, during Networking Night at the Toyota Arena in York City.

Domestic and international businesses will gather to network and make supply-chain connections.

Corbett will take the stage at 5 p.m. to discuss international business and workforce development.

Tickets are $20 at the door and online, or free to alliance members.

Throughout Networking Night, 25 exhibitors will provide food, and there will also be beer and a cash bar.

Day two: A few different events will be held on the second day of the expo.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, the World Trade Center Harrisburg will host an international trade conference at the York Expo Center.

International guests also will be given a tour of the Harley-Davidson plant in Springettsbury Township and learn about the 170 foreign-owned companies in York and 700 local companies that ship products internationally, according to Wilda Alessi, senior marketing manager for the YCEA.

From 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, Capital BlueCross will host a workforce development summit focusing on stress management in the workplace.


"We're hearing from our members that stress in the workplace is a growing issue," Alessi said.

Recent economic factors may be the cause, Jensenius said.

"In a tough economy, employees have had to do more with less," he said.

There is no cost to attend the summit, but registration is required at

Wednesday hours: The second-day of the business expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and is free to those who register online, or it will be $10 at the door.

More than 135 businesses will exhibit during the expo, and about 2,100 people are expected to attend the event, according to Mary Walker, the YCEA manager of programs and events who plans the annual event.

"If you're an exhibitor, the event is a very cost-effective way to showcase your product and meet potential customers," she said.

It's also an opportunity for local students to learn more about what kind of jobs may await them.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, York County students will tour the expo and meet potential future employers.

"We're encouraging businesses to hire local," Jensenius said. "To do that, we need to create a pipeline of talent. This will allow students to know what the real job opportunities are."

The hope is when they're done with their secondary education, they will return to work in York, Alessi said.

"We're hoping to get (good feedback) from the event," Jensenius said. "We've come a long way since (hosting the expo) in the gymnasium at York College."

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