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: Tim May
Harborcreek Township Supervisor

Current Employer(s)
Harborcreek Township

About Tim
I am currently a Harborcreek Township Supervisor seeking reelection. I was born and raised in Harborcreek and of course still reside in Harborcreek with my wife Kelly and children Mitchell and Madison. Before being elected Harborcreek Township Supervisor I was employed in the private sector working in Sales, Accounting, and Material Acquisition. In addition, I was involved in numerous community organizations. Since my employment with Harborcreek Township I have helped create the HC Emergency Response Team to assist local volunteer departments, maintained a no tax increase budget while increasing township services and upgrade equipment, organized numerous community activities to increase resident pride in Harborcreek, and worked with colleagues and developers on revitalizing business offerings in Harborcreek through streamlined land development, open communication and a LERTA program designed to assist developers in locating to Harborcreek while preserving agricultural history in Harborcreek.

Why are you running for Harborcreek Township Supervisor?

Because of my passion for Harborcreek and hopes of the continuation of steady, responsible growth.

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

Continue to work with developers on steady, responsible growth in Harborcreek, ensure public safety through supporting local volunteer fire departments with the Harborcreek Township Emergency Response Team, and implement a road maintenance plan that preserves the townships' roadways.

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?

Since being elected as a Harborcreek Township Supervisor I along with my colleagues have worked to establish a strong relationship with educational organizations in Harborcreek including the Harbor Creek School District and Penn State Erie and would certainly look forward to communicating with the Erie County Community College for the purpose of relaying to them what workforce abilities not only the township is looking for but for local businesses as well.

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? 

As mentioned before I would advocate for public-private partnerships through open communication - government should not be a roadblock to modernization but become a partner in development.

According to, 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?

I have helped to launch the Harborcreek Community Engagement Team with the mission statement of "Collaboration for the betterment of Harborcreek through the sharing of ideas and support of community-based activities within the township". This team includes local businesses and organizations that encourage shopping and dining local and supporting local organizations. One of the continual messages the team promotes is "Keep it in the Creek" - an initiative that is continually mentioned throughout the township.

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?

Harborcreek is anxiously awaiting more information and clarification on what projects the American Recovery Plan will assist in - there are certainly many ideas already bantered around. With this being our opportunity to make a large and lasting impact - decisions should be made after considering how to best be stewards of the Recovery Funds.

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?

Harborcreek Township offers a tax abatement program that allows businesses to be competitive in today's market. Offerings include five-year 100% in the business corridor and a stepdown incentive in the Growth Boundary Area. Developers should know that residential offerings are also available.

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