Holiday gift giving season is in full swing, filled with surprises and thoughtfulness. Most everyone loves receiving gifts.

I love to give gifts. My favorite gifts are those from the heart, with meaning and purpose. There is something magical about finding the perfect present for someone special.

It’s also the time of year when the Alliance kicks off its annual investor campaign in support of economic development efforts throughout Adams County. What does an investment in the Alliance mean for you and your business? It involves a ripple effect of gifts.

Your monetary gift to the Alliance allows this organization to continue its mission of supporting the creation and retention of jobs and an increased tax base. We help businesses expand their operations, creating new opportunities for job growth. In turn, new jobs in our communities provide residents with access to employment close to home. Access to employment close to home means a better quality of life while not driving hours to make money to support your family.

Access to employment close to home means you’ll likely shop for gifts, goods and services locally, supporting the local economy. Buying local supports local governments through tax revenues, which funds services that are vital to residents—such as public safety. A strong tax base through the growth of business equals healthy, thriving communities. There is also an increase in volunteerism! Schools, non-profits and even local government reap the benefit of jobs created and retained in the community.

The redevelopment of blighted properties returns properties to the tax rolls, increasing tax revenues for local governments. Financing real estate and equipment projects requires a loan closing with legal counsel, title insurance, title searches and liens to be recorded. These services are provided locally, supporting local business.

Supporting your local certified economic development organization with your business investment means supporting smart, coordinated growth. There is a time and place for everything. The Alliance remains keenly aware of the critical importance of our natural resources within Adams County’s quality of life.

And that is perhaps the greatest gift we all enjoy: Adams County’s quality of life. It’s the sum result of the entire chain of events.

Please consider, as an individual or a business, directly contributing to Adams County’s quality of life by becoming an Alliance Investor for 2023. It’s gift-giving made easy: You can sign up directly on our website at

While we do offer some tangible gifts and benefits that focus on opportunities to market your business, your investment is more about the gift you are giving for the greater community good. And for that, we are truly grateful. Because long after the memory of shiny holiday gifts have faded, your Alliance investment gift keeps on giving throughout the year, impacting lives, businesses, communities and quality of life right here in our beloved Adams County.

Robin Fitzpatrick is President of Adams Economic Alliance, which comprises three organizations: 

The Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) and the Adams County General Authority (ACGA). Follow us on Twitter (@AdamsAlliance), Facebook ( and LinkedIn (Adams Economic Alliance).

This article originally published in the Gettysburg Times, December 8, 2022.