Erie Chamber Blog
Tuesday June 11, 2019 

As Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kim Thomas has joined the team at the Erie Regional Chamber as our director of strategic initiatives. Kim will oversee creating a regional workforce development plan. She will work with partner organizations in identifying strategic projects and opportunities needing laser-focused action to move the community forward.

Kim has spent more than a decade serving the Erie region in various roles and capacities. Most recently, prior to joining the Chamber, Kim worked in the public sector as the northwest regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development serving 13 counties in the northwest and north central parts of the state.’ 

Kim holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Edinboro University, and is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council.


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  • director
  • strategic initiatives
  • chamber team
Thursday June 6, 2019 

A program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is a tax relief opportunity allowing businesses to directly impact their local community through investment. The program – part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – connects businesses and local nonprofits to take on projects focused on improving distressed areas within the community, or support neighborhood conservation efforts.

Projects typically address one of the following categories:

  • Affordable housing
  • Community services
  • Crime prevention
  • Education
  • Job training
  • Neighborhood assistance

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is taking applications from businesses interested in participating in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax relief program. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program is June 28, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Want to learn more about NAP? Register for a 20-minute webinar for a program overview and how to connect with eligible projects or download the full program guidelines.

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  • program
  • tax relief
  • webinar
Friday June 7, 2019 


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  • inspiration
  • education
  • martin luther king jr
Wednesday June 5, 2019 


Who Did We See on Giving You the Business in May

In partnership with Lilly Broadcasting, the Erie Regional Chamber sponsors Giving You the Business segments which air weekly on WSEE35 and WICU12 during the 5:30 PM. Monday broadcast and Tuesday mornings in the 6-7 AM. hour. Each segment takes viewers behind the scenes of a local business they may not have a chance to see.

Last months highlighted members:

Giving You the Business segments highlight members of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, and is a free membership benefit! Contact our office if you would like viewers to see behind the scenes at your business! Email marketing director Nadeen Schmitz, or phone 814-454-7191 x139 to schedule your segment.

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  • promotion
  • member benefit
  • chamber of commerce
  • television
Tuesday June 4, 2019 

Hosted by Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie

Join us for our June evening networking event at Homewood Suites by Hilton located at 2084 Interchange Road in Erie.

  • Tour the newly renovated Homewood Suites
  • Hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by the hotel
  • Bring your business cards for maximum networking
  • Drawing will be held for a one night stay at the hotel


Questions about registering for BAH? Did you register but are no longer able to attend? Would your Erie Regional Chamber member business/organization be interested in hosting in a BAH 2020? Contact Event Coordinator Colleen Gross today!


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  • business building
  • networking
  • chamber of commerce

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