Governor Wolf Invests $16.5 Million into Erie Economy

Yesterday, while on a redevelopment walking tour of Erie, Governor Tom Wolf announced $16.5 million in funding for five projects in the county. The governor lauded Erie’s economic redevelopment as an example of the positive outcomes of strategic partnerships between cities and the state.

“Since I became governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into more livable places to work and live,” he said.

The Erie Times News highlighted the investment into UPMC park, which is the largest of the projects:

“The home of the Erie SeaWolves will receive a long-overdue facelift thanks in large part to a $12 million state grant that’s been four years in the making.”

The additional projects are as follows:

  • $1 million to renovate the Avalon Hotel to turn it into an upscale Hilton Doubletree hotel.
  • $500,000 to renovate Elmwood Gardens, which provides seniors with independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation.
  • $1 million to construct a new Medical Arts facility for specialty doctors rotating in from LECOM’s hospital in Erie.
  • Construction of a 44,000-square-foot, 24-unit senior living center connected to the Medical Arts facility.

These projects will expand access to quality health care for Pennsylvanians by preventing them from having to drive long distances for care, improving the recruitment and retention of doctors and nurses in the area, and bolstering the local economy.

Throughout his time in office, Governor Wolf has made significant investments in the Erie region. These include:

  • The renovation of JMC Ice Arena.
  • The expansion of Disabled Veteran Solutions, a veteran-owned business that is focused on hiring veterans and military families and will create more than 200 new jobs.
  • A plan to connect downtown Erie to the waterfront to bring visitors from the Bayfront to the downtown area.
  • Various transportation, business development, and community revitalization projects all over the Erie region.

These moves have created hundreds of good, family sustaining jobs while spurring future job creation and development for the area. Governor Wolf remains committed to investing in local communities to support redevelopment and new opportunities.