Erie Chamber Blog
Wednesday February 13, 2019 

The Masonic Temple Hosts February Connect 4 Coffee

We were thrilled to have the Masonic Temple in downtown Erie host our February morning networking event. Bill and fellow lodge members gave us a warm welcome in the stately, iconic building which was built in 1909 making it 110 years old. There are several rooms available for banquets and events. 

What we learned from some of our members:

  • Gracelia from Mosquito Hunters told us that because it has been a fairly mild winter, there will be lots of those biting buggers around once the weather breaks.
  • Geri from the Erie County Historical Society mentioned that the organization is 115 years old and had NEVER held a fundraiser! The ECHS has membership support that helps care for the priceless collections, provide educational programming, and preserve Erie's foundation for the future.
  • Erin, ED at Junior Achievement, noted they have a documentary coming out soon on PBS! Also, the annual Bowl-A-Thon is set for May 6-9, so get your teams signed up!

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Our March event will be hosted at The Schoolhouse. Registration will open soon!

  • coffee
  • business building
  • networking
  • connections
  • chamber of commerce
Monday February 11, 2019 

Ribbon Cutting Held 2/9/19

A ribbon cutting and open house celebrated the official opening of the Teen Space at the Blasco Library this past weekend.

Located on the first floor of the library and overlooking Presque Isle Bay, the new space was designed for and by teens through a series of public forums with guidance from the library's Teen Advisory Board. Decisions about furnishings, technology, and design were all made by the teens for their new space. And it looks awesome!

The space includes a robust collection of books and resources, brand-new furnishings, a performance stage, collaboration spaces, a laptop bar, and room for a wide variety of programs.

This construction will complete Phase II of the Blasco Master Plan – a four-phase plan designed to achieve the following overarching goals: 1) Respond to cultural and technological change, 2) Prioritize collaboration over collections, 3) Establish phased improvements, and 4) Build community support by making possibilities visible.

This $200,000 project is supported by the Erie Regional Library Foundation with a matching grant from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Congratulations to all involved in helping make this space a reality for the teens in the community!

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  • teens
  • teenagers
  • library
  • grand opening
  • ribbon cutting
Friday February 8, 2019 

Wiler Named Director of Capital Formation, Flagship Opportunity Zone Development Company

Brett Wiler began his role as Director of Capital Formation for the Flagship Opportunity Zone Development Company this week. Brett will serve as the face and ‘pitchman’ for the City of Erie’s eight designated Opportunity Zone census tracts, also known as Pennsylvania’s Flagship Opportunity Zones. He will also serve as the ‘entry point’ or ‘concierge’ for anyone interested in Opportunity Zone investment.

Brett has been practicing economic development for nearly 10 years with a focus on business retention and expansion, new business development, workforce development, and entrepreneurial ecosystem building.  Brett was the City of Erie, Pennsylvania’s first-ever Business Development Officer where he was the primary architect of City’s first-ever City-wide Investment Prospectus.  The Flagship, a first of its kind organization – was created to match potential Opportunity Zone projects with Opportunity Zone investors at a local, regional, and national level.  In his role, Brett is also responsible for educating his community on the numerous ways everyone – from everyday residents to Fortune 500 companies – can best participate as members of the investment class. 

Born and raised in Erie, Brett attended John Carroll University, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and later attended Gannon University and received his master’s in Public Administration.

  • erie regional chamber
  • federal opportunity zone
  • investment
  • team member
Friday February 8, 2019 

Do your best today.

  • quotes
  • inspiration
  • motivation
  • preparation
Wednesday February 6, 2019 

Erie County Historical Society Holds Ribbon Cutting

The Wood-Morrison House on West 6th Street is now home to the Education Center for the Thomas B. Hagen History Campus.

The Erie County Historical Society purchased the Wood-Morrison house in 2017. Renovations of the house took 10 months to complete. An addition was added to the building to allow for handicap accessibility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning marked the official opening.

The first floor will feature exhibits of Dr. Wood and Captain Morrison. The second floor has three classrooms which are available for educational opportunities and meeting space.

The center is a lovely space, and we congratulate all involved!

  • ribbon cutting
  • grand opening
  • education center
  • historic home

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