BACKGROUND

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What started as a shipbuilder’s paradise has grown into a town that still offers slices of heaven. The city of Erie still loves the protective bay and peninsula that made it ideal for shipbuilders—although today it’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and beach bums alike.

Pennsylvania’s only port city on the Great Lakes also has a rich history in arts and culture, generosity and resiliency. With a sturdy foundation, Erie is primed to realize its maximum potential. Many private residents, companies and organizations have recently stepped up to build that potential. More than $600 million was committed to improving the city in 2016 alone. While having the resources to develop Erie’s assets is critical, so is collaboration.

The newly founded Erie Downtown Development Corporation (EDDC), a privately funded nonprofit led by a group of business and community leaders, is working together in the name of transformational change. The EDDC’s core mission is to fuel economic growth through real estate development in downtown Erie.

The objective is to support Erie’s overall revitalization. The EDDC plans to develop real estate to increase the tax base and potential for mixed-income housing, retail, dining, arts and culture to flourish.

The EDDC is pulling inspiration from Cincinnati's successful 3CDC initiative. It also leverages community-developed plans already in place, including Erie Refocused, Emerge 2040, and the Erie Downtown Master Plan.

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