Quick Facts

  • Nearly $750 Million in ongoing private, public, and philanthropic investment
  • 23,000 university students in Erie at any given time
  • 1,000,000+ square feet of commercial and residential property ready for redevelopment
  • 176 acres of bayfront property prime for development
  • Secure Smart City Pilot in all 8 Opportunity Zones
  • Only one of two 1,000 foot dry docks and the largest crane on the entire Great Lakes

Erie is on the cusp of greater things.  To be sure, problems remain to be worked on, but something is happening here.  There is a turn-the-corner feel in the air.  A coming together. 

Dean Barber
Barber Business Advisers

Significant Capital Investment from Anchor Institutions

Over the last few years, some of the largest anchor institutions in the region have invested nearly $750 million dollars in capital projects, including Fortune 500 company Erie Insurance, UPMC- Hamot Hospital, Allegheny Health Network - Saint Vincent Hospital, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Scott Enterprises, and Velocity Network.

Capital Investment from Anchor Institutions

Water Availability, Reliability, and Sustainability

  • Erie County MSA has nearly 51 miles of shoreline and a natural peninsula known as Presque Isle State Park.
  • 36 million gallons of excess water and sewer capacity; membrane filtration system provides highest quality water available; and the largest industrial crane at the only Pennsylvania port on the Great Lakes.

Presque Isle shoreline Erie

Erie's Diverse Economy

Erie is a diverse economy with a 2.0 manufacturing location quotient, and emerging strengths in education, medicine, advanced manufacturing, and tourism. These industries are not only providing an abundance of employment opportunities, but also livable wages for the thousands of families living in the surrounding communities.

Erie's nascent Innovation District - focusing on cybersecurity, data science, insurtech, fintech, and other emerging industries - is poised to create jobs for the 21st century in Erie County.  Radius CoWork and the Erie Technology Incubator hatch new startups every day – and will continue to create a diverse mix of tech-enabled jobs in the region.

Erie's Diverse Economy

Unprecedented Private Sector Coalition Aimed at Downtown Redevelopment

Erie Downtown Development Corporation ("EDDC")

  • The EDDC is a newly formed and privately funded nonprofit corporation led by a group of business and community leaders. The mission of the EDDC is to fuel economic growth through real estate development in the Central Business District of the City of Erie
  • The EDDC works closely with the Erie Downtown Equity Fund ("EDEF"), a for-profit private equity fund raised to provide "gap-financing" to assist the EDDC's real estate development activity
  • The EDEF has raised approximately $30 million to date, led by the efforts of community stakeholders, including, Erie Insurance and its chairman Tom Hagen, along with UPMC Hamot, Gannon University, Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie Community Foundation, Marquette Savings Bank, Erie Bank, and Northwest Bank
  • The EDDC is modeled after the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation ("3CDC "), a successful initiative that has spearheaded revitalization efforts in the City of Cincinnati

Engaged Philanthropic Community Focused on Transformational Change

Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy

Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy

$10 million Community Investment

  • Erie Innovation District $4 million investment
  • Empower Erie | Community College $4 million investment
  • Erie School District Community Schools $1.5 million investment
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Investment $500 thousand investment

Erie Community Foundation

  • The ECF made grants totaling $18.8 million in 2017. At year-end, assets totaled $259 million with an increase in $77 million over the last decade

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority

  • Created in 2008 in reaction to the 2004 PA Racehorse Development and Gaming Act, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA), an innovative local share gaming revenue model, has invested nearly $50 million across Erie County to support placemaking, neighborhoods, education, arts and culture, and entrepreneurship and innovation

Over $50 Million in Ongoing Investments from the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through various agencies, has invested tens of millions of dollars in a concentrated manner to protect and de-risk investment for the private sector.  Investments include capital projects, infrastructure improvements, neighborhood support, and environmental sustainability.

  • Department of Agriculture (DOA)
  • Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources   (DCNR)
  • Department of Community and Economic   Development (DCED)
  • Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportations   (PennDOT)

PA Commonwealth Investments in Erie

Erie, PA Market Proximity

Market Proximity, Strategic Transportation Infrastructure, and Great Lakes Port Access

Pennsylvania's only port access to the Great Lakes and located at the nexus of two major interstate highways (I-90 & I-79) Erie boasts market proximity to major markets in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toronto.  And falls within one day's drive to 80% of consumers in the continental United States. Erie has also been gaining visibility in recent years as a regional tourist destination by leveraging its natural resources

Renewed Confidence in Civic and Public Leadership

Energized leadership from City Hall; Mayor Joe Schember and his administration have embraced the city's comprehensive plan Erie Refocused to bring transformational change to the city and the region.

  • Mayor Schember has added several new positions to his administration including a City Planner, Liaison to the African American Community, Liaison to the New American Community, Digital Media Coordinator, Business Development Officer, and Full-time Grant Writer.
  • The Department of Economic & Community Development manages over $7 million in self-sustaining revolving loan funds and manages a $50 thousand small business micro-grant fund.

Mayor Schember and Staff

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