The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is a 501c3 corporation formed in November 2002 through the merger of the Erie Conference on Community Development, the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce and Erie Insight.
Three Divisions, One Mission
All three divisions of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership — Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, and Growth Partnership — support the organization’s core mission of providing the leadership to attract, retain and expand business in the region.
As a whole, the organization continues to make significant progress in the areas of membership; customer service; business attraction, retention, and expansion; and the identification of key regional initiatives that promote the economic health of the Erie region.
Chamber of Commerce Division
Committee Chair: John Leemhuis
Claudia Thornburg, Vice President | Email
The Chamber division is responsible for membership sales, programs and services. The Chamber Division is the revenue generating and marketing arm for the entire organization, financially supporting the important efforts of all three divisions.
Economic Development Division
Committee Chair: Jim Rutkowski, Jr.
Jacob Rouch, Vice President | Email
The Economic Development division is dedicated to business attraction and helping current businesses expand and prosper. Five key components include coordinating the region’s business attraction efforts, the Erie Business Action Team, the Project Jobs initiative, Workforce Development, and the Lead Economic Development Team.
Growth Partnership Division
Committee Chair: Nick Scott, Jr.
The Growth Partnership division includes approximately 140 CEOs in the Erie area and is led by a committee of 16 business and community leaders. Through the Growth Partnership, members become intimately engaged in strategic community initiatives that will make a long-term impact on the region's economic vitality.