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  • Founded in 1795 after purchase of the Erie Triangle
  • Flagship city- used to be called Gem City, some say for the sparkling bay
  • Home port of the Brig Niagara (reconstructed flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry)
    • Helped win the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812 
    • Reconstructed Niagara launched in 1989, floating museum and ambassador of Pennsylvania
  • 4th largest city in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania's only lake port city
  • More than 25% of jobs are in manufacturing
  • Over 10% of the nation's plastic injection molding is done in Erie
  • 4 of the nation's Top 50 plastic companies are located in Erie
  • Erie's largest employer is General Electric Transportation Systems, manufacturer of locomotives
  • Presque Isle Bay is surrounded by a 7-mile peninsula
  • An average of 1.5 million fish are caught each year in Lake Erie, its bays and tributaries
  • Top 20 family fishing spots in the nation, by Field & Stream magazine
  • Home to the oldest land lighthouse on the Great Lakes
    • Land Lighthouse at the foot of Lighthouse Street in the City of Erie, built in 1818, replace in 1867
  • Presque Isle Lighthouse, built in 1872, is also a park employee residence
  • Name derived from Eriez Indians that spoke the Iroquois language
  • Erie County is home to Pat Monahan- lead singer of the Grammy winning band, Train.
  • 'Alice' from the Brady Bunch, Ann B. Davis, is a native of Erie
  • Erie means "raccoon", the Erie tribe is sometimes referred to as the Cat nation, the raccoon being a wild cat that appears as the main figure on the Erie totem pole.
  • Land area:  City - 19.3 square miles
    • County - 812.6 square miles 
    • Farmland - 167,634 acres
  • Population: (2000 census)
    • City - 103,717 
    • County - 280,843
  • Climate: Average - 51.9 F
    • Average summer high - 76.4 F 
    • Average winter low - 20.0 F  high – 35.0 F
  • Major Employers:
    • Blair Corp. 
    • Bliley Electric Co.
    • Erie Homes for Children & Adults 
    • Erie Insurance Group 
    • Gannon University 
    • GE Transportation Systems 
    • Gertrude A. Barber Center 
    • Hamot Medical Center 
    • Lord Corp. 
    • Mercyhurst College 
    • Modern Industries Inc. 
    • National Fuel 
    • Port Erie Plastics 
    • St. Vincent Health Center 
    • Smith Meter Inc. 
    • Snap-Tite Inc.
    • Telatron Marketing Group Inc. 
    • Times Publishing Co. Inc. 
    • Verizon
    • Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
  • Three major highways are located in Erie
    • Interstates 79, 90, and 86 
  • Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, EMTA:
    • Runs 7 days/week within city limits 
  • Erie City Water Authority:
    • Provides water to the City of Erie, Wesleyville, Lawrence Park, Harborcreek, Fairview, Summit and Millcreek 
    • Draws about 25,000,000 gallons of water per day 
    • Estimated 250,000 people consume water ECWA on a regular basis
  • GPU, a FirstEnergy company, and Northwester Rural Electric Co-operative Assoc. Inc., supply electricity
  • National Fuel Gas Distribution Co. is the natural gas provider 
  • Adelphia Business Solutions and Verizon provide phone services including local, long distance, high-speed data and Internet services, and wireless services (Verizon only)
  • Developments:
    • Current Projects:
      • Lovell Place - affordable apartments, numerous offices, home to Matthew's Trattoria Restaurant 
      • Boston Store - affordable apartments, numerous offices and locally owned radio stations (disc jockeys can be seen in the windows) 
      • Erie Insurance long-range expansion - already has 23 branch offices and operates in 11 states 
      • New Federal Courthouse building - $30.7 million project 
      • A new Hamot Heart Institute (78,000 sq. ft.), an expanded emergency department and minimal invasive surgical suites that will be 26,000 sq. ft., and a few other units 
      • Warner Theatre - $15 million renovation 
      • Erie County Convention Center - expected to open in 2007, to help tourism industry 
      • Erie International Airport expansion still in planning stages 
    • Recently completed: 
      • Bicentennial Tower at Dobbins Landing (187 foot-high), to commemorate Erie's 200th birthday 
      • Industrial area along bayfront, designated a Foreign Trade Zone was also designated a Keystone Opportunity Zone in 2001, which provides virtual -tax-free zones, and helps compete in global marketplace 
      • Maritime Museum and Blasco Library Complex
      • The Tom Ridge Environmental Center - $25 million state money to build a regional learning, research and visitor information facility
  • Attractions:
    • Waldameer & Waterworld: Over 75 rides, slides, and water attractions 
    • Warner Theatre: Major cultural arts center in the region, Commissioned by the Warner Brothers in 1929, Seats more than 2,500 people, Currently under renovation to upgrade and preserve historical character 
    • The Erie Playhouse and The Roadhouse Theatre for Contemporary Art:  Features a range of performing shows from musicals to dramas 
    • The Erie Philharmonic:  3rd oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S., Performs throughout the whole year 
    • The Erie Junior Philharmonic:  In its 47th year 
    • Lake Erie Ballet:  Does 10 performances each year, 5 professional dance members and a number of apprentice dancers perform 
    • Erie Art Museum:  Located in Old Custom House, many changing art exhibits 
    • The Erie Children's Museum :  For ages 2 to 12, and has interactive displays in the worlds of science and humanities 
    • Erie History Center- comprehensive library and archives on Erie County's history 
    • The Raymond M. Blasco M.D. Memorial Library:  3rd Largest in Pennsylvania, Erie Maritime Museum is located inside, 95,000 sq. ft., 19 miles of telecommunications cable, seats over 300 patrons, more than 250,000 books and 50,000 audio/video tapes 
    • Victorian Princess:  Wheel paddleboat, offers dinner cruises and catered meals 
    • Millcreek Mall:  No sales tax on apparel, 1.5 million sq. ft., more than 150 stores, employs some 2,700 people, during holiday rush- 4,000 
    • Asbury Woods and Greenway- no admission charge:  Cottage nature center, 4.5 miles of trails, boardwalks, and gardens 
    • Annual Community-Wide Events  
      • Erie Summer Festival of the Arts- at Liberty Park & Burger King Amphitheater- free performances and art exhibits
      • Discover Presque Isle- week-long celebration 
      • Cherry Festival- in North East 
      • HarborFest- in Harborcreek 
      • Wine Country Harvest Festival - in North East, sample local grapes.  For more information on wineries and tours, check out the Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance Website
      • Dan Rice Days- in Girard 
      • Celebrate Erie
  • Sports:
    • Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park 
      • AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers plays from Apr. to Sept. 
      • Jerry Uht Park- seats 6,000
    • Erie Otters at the Louis J. Tullio Arena
      • Established in 1996, part of the Ontario Hockey League 
      • 2002 won Robertson Cup and became OHL Champions
    • Tullio Arena
      • Ice shows, concerts, circuses, and basketball matches 
      • 5,500 permanent seats, but can be expanded to 7,000
  • Presque Isle State Park
    • French for "almost an island" 
    • 3,200 acre peninsula 
    • 7-miles of beaches, 11-miles of hiking trails, 13-mile (expanded from 10-miles) paved Multi-purpose National Recreation Trail 
    • Winter- popular for cross-country skiers, ice fisherman, ice skaters 
    • 4 million visitors each year 
    • Field & Stream magazine- named park as Top 20 destination 
    • Birder's World magazine- one of the country's top birding spots 
    • 423 species of birds have been spotted in the park 
    • Conde Nast's Traveler magazine- Top 100 Swimming Holes 
    • National Natural Landmark due to its unique ecological composition 
      • Plant life develops on bare sand, progresses through distinct stages until becoming a forest
  • Erie Zoological Park and Botanical Garden of Northwestern Pennsylvania
    • 15-acres, attracts about 400,000 visitors per yr., more than 500 animals
  • Education:
    • Travel Distance to Nearby Cities
      • Buffalo, NY – 96 miles 
      • Cleveland, OH – 99 miles 
      • Pittsburgh, PA – 127 miles 
      • Toronto, Ont., Canada – 210 miles
     
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