This article was originally published as part of the Grow PA solutions journalism project, published by and underwritten in part by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

But it’s happening next month, and one local expert thinks it could trigger an economic boom akin to York’s post-World War II manufacturing bubble.

Next month, eight startup companies from the Central Pennsylvania area will compete for a chance at $100,000 as part of the Rise of the Rest tour.

AOL founder Steve Case started Rise of the Rest in an effort to find startups outside of traditional enclaves like New York City and Silicon Valley. The Harrisburg-York-Lancaster area will be the first stop on a six-city tour for Case a