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.