Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Supporting Destination Erie Regional Planning Initiative

The County of Erie, Pennsylvania
Start Date: Jul 2012 — End Date: Jan 2015

During the previous stage, CREC assisted the leaders of the ‘Destination Erie’ initiative to create a comprehensive regional development plan. The plan addressed issues such as economic development, job creation, transportation and housing. CREC’s role is in related primarily to the economic development aspects of the plan.

As a result, CREC—in partnership with the Economic Research Institute of Erie—produced a report that identified many of the key socio-economic challenges and opportunities facing the Erie region. Using this report as a foundation, CREC worked with regional stakeholders to develop an economic develop strategy that addresses many of these issues.

This strategy was later incorporated into broader regional plan that integrated economic development, environmental, infrastructure, and public health considerations so as to address area needs.

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About the Client

The County of Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie County is a county jurisdiction located in northwest Pennsylvania. Erie County is bordered on the northeast by Chautauqua County, New York, on the east by Warren County, on the south by Crawford County, and on the west by Ashtabula County, Ohio. Directly north of the county is Lake Erie.