Wolf Administration Announces Investments in More Than 20 Projects Supporting Community Development, Job Creation in Erie

Erie, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie Richards announced more than 20 new state investments in projects on the Erie Bayfront and throughout the city to support ongoing revitalization efforts and spur further economic development.

“This concerted effort to provide meaningful support through a mix of multiple state agency programs, federal agencies, and private investment helps us maximize our resources and contribute to Erie’s transformation,” said Governor Wolf. “Right now, Erie is seeing an exciting resurgence of private-sector development, and this new investment in transportation, business financing, and community revitalization projects will embellish that growth and promote additional economic activity.”

The most significant investment will occur at the Bayfront, where, in collaboration with DCED, PennDOT will provide $30 million for the design and construction of improvements between the Bayfront Parkway’s link with West 12th Street and East 12th Street. The plan will be based on the results of engineering currently underway that was made possible by the Wolf Administration allocating funds to develop concepts identified in a PennDOT study. The investment of state and federal funds will greatly improve safety and traffic flow for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists along Erie’s Bayfront and complement significant private investment in the city.

“The investments we’re making in Erie are examples of how we’re enhancing mobility and quality of life across the state,” said Secretary Richards. “Our efforts here truly demonstrate how efficient transportation generates jobs and a stronger economy.”

In addition to the PennDOT investment, two projects will receive support from DCED’s Keystone Communities program. Bayfront East Side Taskforce has been awarded $300,000 for repairs to properties in the East and West Bayfront neighborhoods. The project will include critical repairs to aging housing in core residential neighborhoods and spur private investment in revitalization efforts underway in the adjacent downtown. Also, the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network has been awarded $50,000 for façade improvements to be used in the Historic Little Italy neighborhood. Matching funds for the project will come from private property owners.

“Economic development must be built on a foundation of community revitalization so that all stakeholders can share in Erie’s bright future,” said Secretary Davin. “These funds will leverage additional private investment to further nurture the seeds of growth being planted on the both sides of State Street and along the Bayfront in the city.”

DCED also announced the approval of 19 Neighborhood Assistance Program projects in Erie that will receive a total of $1.6 million in tax credits that will leverage $2.5 million in private contributions to nonprofit organizations.

Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, the administration has invested more than $76 million in the City of Erie. This interactive map features projects funded through DCED, PennDOT, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Budget Office, along with federal funding secured through the efforts of these state agencies. Accomplishments include:

  • More than $800,000 invested in conservation projects and environmental education;
  • More than $12 million invested in community development projects;
  • Nearly $14 million in business development funding leading to the creation of more than 400 jobs, including recently-announced support for the expansion of Disabled Veteran Solutions, a veteran-owned provider of call center services that focuses on hiring veterans and military families;
  • More than $21 million in road and bridge improvements; and
  • More than $165,000 invested in job training through the WEDnetPA program.

For more information about investments in the Erie area or programs related to community development, economic development, or transportation visit the DCED website or the PennDOT website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
David Smith, DCED, 717.720.1304
Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717.783.8800
or Jim Carroll, PennDOT, 814.678.7095

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