We are a full service development team that provides low interest financing, real estate services and grant assistance to businesses and non-profit organizations with the ultimate goal of fostering investment and employment in the Erie Region.
The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Erie (ECRA) was incorporated on September 20th 1965 under the Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law of 1945.
In December 2002, with a backdrop of plant closings, high unemployment and economic turmoil, the Redevelopment stepped up to become what is now the largest economic development agency in Erie. In an effort to stem the tide of the exodus of manufacturing jobs, the County of Erie provided an $8 million grant to the Authority to establish and operate a revolving loan fund to benefit the business community (primarily manufacturing) in an effort to create, retain, and grow employment opportunities for the citizens of Erie County.
In 2003, an Enterprise Zone Program received approval to incorporate all industrial and commercially zoned areas of Erie. In 2017 Erie County Redevelopment entered into cooperation agreements with Erie County General Authority (ECGA), Erie County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA), and Erie County Community Service Finance Authority (ECCSFA), and The Enterprise Development Center of Erie County (ECDCEC).
The Erie County Redevelopment Authority is a partner in the LEAD (Local Expansion and Attraction Development) Team, utilizing the Invest Erie gateway to access the resources of The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, The NW Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Erie County Government, and The City of Erie.
Erie County is located in northwestern Pennsylvania and has a metropolitan area of approximately 280,000 residents. The city provides easy access to major markets such as Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through interstate highways I-79, I-86 and I-90.
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