Destination Erie: A Regional Vision

Erie, PA

Applied Expertise

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Policy Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Urban Design


Erie County stretches along 54 miles of Lake Erie waterfront in northwestern Pennsylvania. The City of Erie, once a Great Lakes industrial hub has undergone an economic transformation and is emerging as a center for education, health care and tourism. Challenges to prosperity include an eroding tax base, unemployment, concentrations of poverty and poor housing stock.

Destination Erie: A Regional Vision is a strategic plan intended to restore Erie County and its 21 towns, 16 boroughs and city as thriving, livable, environmentally and economically sound places. This HUD Sustainable Communities program project outlines an integrated strategy that includes housing equity, economic opportunity, transportation choices, community health indicators and clean energy.