Wolf Administration Tours Multiple State-Supported Community Revitalization Projects in Erie

Erie, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders and stakeholders on a tour of state-supported community revitalization projects in Erie.

“Erie has become a model of community revitalization for the state,” said Deputy Secretary Vilello. “The Wolf Administration has prioritized economic development in Erie, and I can see from today’s tour that many of our initiatives are starting to take off and make lasting changes.”

Stops on the tour include visits to Downtown Erie, the Bayfront East Side Taskforce Neighborhood, the Our West Bayfront Neighborhood, Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, HANDS, and ServErie. Projects that have been completed with the support of DCED in these neighborhoods include façade improvements, blight remediation, park improvements, gateway signage, and vacant lot beautification. By having a unified vision for the revitalization of Erie, multiple neighborhoods and organizations have worked together to tap several sources of DCED funds including the Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Neighborhood Assistance Program, Keystone Communities grants, and the Greenway, Trails, and Recreation Program. By combining many small projects and funding sources, a major impact has been made toward revitalizing Erie.

“Erie is turning around. Leaders of all sectors of Erie are working together like never before. The positive feeling throughout Erie is growing,” said Erie Mayor Joe Schember. “We have been building a good relationship with Governor Wolf’s Department of Community and Economic Development, especially with Secretary Dennis Davin, who has made several visits to Erie. We are very grateful for everything the DCED has done to help Erie so far. Having Deputy Secretary Vilello tour our neighborhoods will help accelerate Erie’s recovery.”

Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, the administration has invested about $80 million in the City of Erie. This interactive map features projects funded through the administration’s efforts.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development and revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Sarah DeSantis, 717.783.1132

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