Community leaders say Erie is growing like never before and now, the US Senate is catching on. 

Members of the Erie Downtown Development Corporation (EDDC) are just returning from a trip to the nation’s capital.  They were invited to Washington, DC by the Economic Innovation Group; the team of people who helped create opportunity zones. 

The CEO of the EDDC, John Persinger, says Opportunity Zones have the potential to transform Erie. “For the first time ever, because of these efforts, because of our partnership with the city and because of Opportunity Zones, we are attracting national investment attention. It’s great to be saying that for the first time in decades, Erie will be getting some outside investment.” 

Persinger says Erie has been more organized, proactive, and aggressive than many other communities across the country when it comes to Opportunity Zones.  He also says EDDC will have more exciting news to announce in the new year.