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What are the goals of the innovation district?
The partners offer a plan that dovetails with the goals of Erie’s Comprehensive Plan and is designed to serve three critical community needs including the stopping of brain drain, replacing low-wage jobs with family-sustaining jobs, and revitalizing downtown Erie.
Where will Erie’s innovation district be situated?
The partners are currently communicating with other key stakeholders in downtown Erie, such as UPMC Hamot, Scott Enterprises and others, to situate in close proximity and drive synergies among this cluster of high-powered assets.
What is the timetable for the innovation district?
The innovation district will be implemented in three broad phases: Phase I: Development and Implementation (Year 1) — Mercyhurst and its partners will hire a nationally known expert on creating innovation districts and a CEO to ensure the success of the project. At present, the group has engaged DHR International, a global executive search firm, to identify CEO candidates. Moving forward, the university will create the infrastructure with its partners, finalize site selection in downtown Erie, and determine cost estimates for renovations. Phase II: Expansion and Growth (Years 2-3 ) — This phase will focus on the expansion and growth of the innovation district through the inclusion of additional university and corporate partners and the continued buy-in of community leaders in the public and private sectors. During this phase, the innovation district will apply for 501(c)(3) status en route to becoming a self-sustaining organization. Phase III: Sustainability (Years 4-5) — This phase will focus on the long-term sustainability of the innovation district beyond year five by concentrating on new products, innovations and industries that can be created in Erie.


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Erie native Jeremy Young knows the term “brain drain” all too well. The 42-year-old D.C. resident attended Blessed Sacrament School and Cathedral Prep and then pursued his undergraduate degree in business at Clarion
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The Secure Erie Accelerator (SEA) – sponsored by the Mercyhurst University-led Erie Innovation District (EID) and supported by Silicon Valley technology leader Singularity University – has begun accepting applications


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