Erie Chamber Blog
Wednesday April 21,  2021

Meet the Candidates is an annual education series to connect the business community to citizens seeking public office in Erie County. Candidates were invited to complete a brief questionnaire; answers appear as provided by the candidate. The views expressed below are not those of the Erie Regional Chamber. We invite you to get to know the candidates and mark your calendars to vote in Pennsylvania's Primary Election on Tuesday, May 18th. 


Meet the Candidate: Greg Brown
Erie City Council

Current Employer(s)
Red Letter Hospitality
Entrepreneur

About Greg
Greg Brown is an entrepreneurial, results-focused business leader who excels in creating and executing strategy, developing people, managing projects, acquiring, integrating, operating, transforming, and growing businesses while providing an optimal environment to foster ideation, innovation, and execution allowing for significant and sustainable top and bottom-line growth.

Why did you want to run for Erie City Council?


I want to provide an independent and knowledgeable perspective related to the city budget and related spending with the goal of fostering better budget oversight and adherence, economic development and job growth, and lowering property taxes.


What are your top three priorities you wish to work on if elected?

1. Independent, knowledgeable budget oversight and related collaboration to budget transparency to tax payers.
2. Economic and jobs growth.
3. Lower property taxes.


How would you be an advocate for key education initiatives such as the Erie County Community College, K-12 education, and early education as they relate to workforce development?

Through the businesses I own and/or am affiliated with combined with my corporate experience, I have a unique and real perspective of what capabilities and skills businesses need. Second, I understand where there is demand for skills and understand the earnings potential for qualified candidates. Third, through the above experience, I also have a good perspective of the time required to become skilled in a profession.

How will you work to advocate for the modernization of public health infrastructure and encourage public/private partnerships to address deficiencies in our public health system? 

Jobs and economic growth combined with lower property taxes will address the above.


According to TrackTheRecovery.org, Erie County is estimated to have lost over 28% of small businesses. How would you work to encourage financial stability within local and state governments without overburdening the small business community?

Budget transparency, jobs and economic growth, and lower property taxes.


Our community is expecting a total of $225 million or more in American Recovery Plan funds.  As a community leader, how would you prioritize this funding?

Every dollar must be accounted for and put to projects delivering a reasonable payback/ROI. We must find innovative ways to purpose funds accordingly to pay down debt and decreasing property taxes.


Pittsburgh has seen success with tools such as Tax Increment Finance and Transit Revitalization Investment District to spur their City’s revitalization.  Are you willing to make long-term investments in economic development?

I'm in favor of opportunity zones and generally any program designed to responsibly increase economic activity while decreasing the tax burden on hardworking Erie residents.

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