Bizzarro, Fabrizio and Harkins announce $350,000 in state funding to Erie County's revitalization projects

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Flo Fabrizio and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie, today announced Erie County is the recipient of $350,000 in Keystone Communities program funding. 

"This is great news for our community and for all those involved in the ongoing effort to support and advance the infrastructure of Erie County," Bizzarro said. "I'm confident the awarded funds will help us as we continue our beautification projects across the Erie region."

Bayfront East Side Taskforce, a nonprofit focused on the revitalization of Erie's historic East Bayfront neighborhood, will be awarded $300,000. The funds will eradicate further deterioration of the aging housing stock for 30 homeowners in core residential neighborhoods and address structural and exterior maintenance issues. 

The remaining $50,000 will go to Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network. The funds will go toward façade improvements to be used within the Elm Street-designated historic Little Italy neighborhood in Erie City.

"The best interest of residents is always at the top of our list when it comes to serving our communities," Harkins said. "The awarding of these funds is yet one more step to making Erie County a wonderful place to live."

Administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the foundation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance overall quality of life for residents.

In total, nearly $5.4 million was awarded to 22 projects across the state Wednesday through the Keystone Communities program.