Commissioner Mike Pries knows attracting companies that offer family-sustaining jobs is crucial to improving the lives of Dauphin County’s residents.
From working with his fellow commissioners to hold the line on property taxes for 14 straight years to spearheading the redevelopment of commercial sites throughout the county, Mike focuses on economic growth that benefits everyone.
As the driving force behind the county’s Transformation Initiative, Mike is working to set the stage for reusing long-dormant industrial locations. The demolition of the crumbling Millersburg Reamer and Tool Company and agreements to help find developers for vacant sites in Steelton and Hummelstown are among the latest efforts to turn blighted properties into new opportunities.
Working with his fellow commissioner, over the past eight years Mike approved the awarding of gaming grants from the Hollywood Casino that has spurred almost $300 million in additional investment and saved local tax dollars. Grants fund critical needs ranging from equipment for first responders to upgrading sewer and water systems.
Before becoming a county commissioner, Mike served as Chairman of the Derry Township Supervisors, where he held the line on taxes there as well. He also led the effort to build the GIANT Center, home of the Hershey Bears.
Mike continues to reside in the township with his wife Angela and two children, Carter and Will. He is an active member of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
When he became a commissioner in 2010, Mike promised to do all he could to hold the line on taxes and work to better the lives of all county residents – promises he continues to keep.