From GoErie.com –
As Erie County, wracked by persistent poverty, economic decline and low educational attainment, continues to take a renewed look at itself and its future, a $10 million joint investment announced Wednesday plans to transform the region by targeting critical areas of need.
The money will fund four projects across Erie County, specifically addressing education, youth, neighborhoods and innovation.
Officials with the Erie Community Foundation, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and the Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy made the announcement Wednesday at an event attended by more than 125 cross-sector community leaders on the front steps of the foundation, 459 W. Sixth St.
Grants include $4 million to Mercyhurst University for the Downtown Erie Innovation District; $4 million to Empower Erie for an Erie County Community College; $1.5 million to the Erie School District for the “community schools” project; and $500,000 to Gannon University to revitalize sections of the city’s east and west bayfront neighborhoods.
The $10 million will be distributed over a three-year period as benchmarks are met, officials said.