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In September 2016, Mercyhurst University received a $4 million grant to lead development of an “Erie Innovation District” in collaboration with corporate partners Erie Insurance, McManis and Monsalve Associates and Velocity Network, Inc. The Shaping Tomorrow grant was awarded by the Erie Community Foundation, Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

What are the goals of the district? 

The partners offer a plan that dovetails with the goals of Erie’s Comprehensive Plan and is designed to serve three critical community needs including the stopping of brain drain, replacing low-wage jobs with family-sustaining jobs, and revitalizing downtown Erie.

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