The region of Erie in the state of Pennsylvania has received an economic development grant that totals up to approximately $1.8 million dollars.
The economic grant was given to Erie by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will be utilized to create a 3 year plan which will result in the creation of new jobs, new housing complexes, the buildup of the transportation system and other types of issues. The grant was originally discussed at a news conference by the director of HUD.
The money will be utilized for a new plan that will be called “Destination Erie”. The plan will assist with the future of Erie and the surrounding areas which include the Crawford and the Warren counties. HUD also rewarded nearly 29 other locations with economic development grants as well. Officials have stated that the economic grant will be utilized in assisting individuals and families with locating affordable housing, create jobs in the region and strengthening the foundation of the transportation system. The Erie county government will be in charge of the grant as they work with other local partners. Some of the partners include the Jefferson Educational Society, the Chamber and Growth Partnership and the Investment Board.
One of the executives of the county points out that the economic grant and plan will be very different than the other initiatives in the past. The other economic development proposal was created in the year 2001 but did not lead to great success in the region. The economic development efforts were very unorganized and fragmented. The county executive Grossman points out that the region of Erie is going to work closely with the other partners in order to integrate the goal of the plan.
Overall, the economic development grant is going to assist the region of Erie in the state of Pennsylvania.