Pennsylvania Downtown Center holds Community Revitalization Academy Training in Erie

Posted: August 15, 2016 4:13 pm


The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is hosting The Community Revitalization Academy (CRA) in Erie, PA, which is a series of five 2-day workshops designed to provide tools and strategies that can help your community improve the economic vitality, appearance, and marketing of your community’s assets. The curriculum is based on the Four-Point Approach® of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program and the Five-Point Approach of the Pennsylvania Elm Street Program. Course descriptions are available at

The series is intended for community and economic development staff, municipal officials and neighborhood volunteers.  Courses will run 9 AM to 4:30 PM with a continental breakfast at 8:30 AM.

Course 1 | Organization—Tuesday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 30, Center for Business Ingenuity, Gannon University, Room 104, 900 State Street, Erie

Course 2 | Design—Thursday, Sept. 22 and Thursday Sept. 29  (Location TBD)

Course 3 | Marketing—Tuesday, October 18 and Tuesday October 25 (Location TBD)

Course 4 | Economic Vitality—Tuesday, November 29 and Tuesday December 6 (Location TBD)

Course 5 | Safe, Clean & Green—Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 28 (Location TBD)

John Buchna, CEO of the Erie Downtown Partnership says, “This is a great opportunity for regional community leaders to be able to attend a training of this level right here in Erie, rather than go outside the region such as Harrisburg as they’ve been in the past. This series will provide community development professionals with real strategies and insights that they can use to address the most prevalent needs within their community.”

The series is being offered at no cost to a limited number of Erie County community development professionals and volunteers thanks to the generous support of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.  For those attending from outside of Erie County the cost to attend all five sessions is $250 per attendee for Pennsylvania Downtown Center members and $350 per attendee for non-members.

Contact Emily Fetcko to register at (814) 455-3743 or

 Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s core communities.


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