John McElligott has always had a passion for helping and improving the quality of life of others. Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, McElligott grew up in a missionary family, where he traveled throughout Europe as a child. After he turned 18, he came back to the US and joined the United States Marine Corp while in college. As a Marine, he was employed as a combat engineer during 9/11.
Though a man of many talents, including architectural photography and music, McElligott's primary passion has been focused on the rise and rejuvenation of third tier cities. As Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Royal Square Development and CEO of the Squared Collective, McElligott spearheaded technology, community engagement, and investor relations, as well as being a driving force in Business and Economic Development. Helping to grow the company from 4 employees to nearly 40 in 12 short months, he also worked on the acquisition and development of more than 50 properties in downtown York including but not limited to the $1,500,000 Bond Building project and the $26,000,000 Market Street Revitalization Project.
Known professionally as a Vision Caster, McElligott believes in the power of community networking through communication and technology. He views the struggles that York and other third tier cities experience as a reflection of the struggles of the nation as a whole, and feels it is his civic duty to tackle those problems on a community by community basis. By addressing these problems on a small scale, he feels confident that we can begin to make positive lasting changes, not only to our communities, but to our nation. He believes technology should benefit the lives of all of our citizens regardless of race, education or socio economic position and is the cornerstone of a sound Economic Development model.
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