About | Erie Downtown Partnership


Collective action brings change.  That was the motivating principal behind the creation in 2004 of the Downtown Improvement District by more than 500 merchants, property owners, businesses and organizations dedicated to the renewal of Erie’s historic and economically vital central business district.

Now known as the Erie Downtown Partnership, the organization is an agent of change in the area bounded by Presque Isle Bay to the north, the 14th Street railway bridge to the south, and stretching from Sassafras to Holland Streets.

Stakeholders within the area have been empowered to determine effective methods – in services provided, initiatives begun and projects to be carried out – that will result in the increased vibrancy of the downtown.

Property owners within the designated area contribute to the organization according to an assessment formula based on the value of land and buildings, all with the coherent and single-minded goal of making downtown Erie a better place to live, work, shop, learn, play and do business.


Erie Downtown Partnership Board of Directors

David Sherman, Owner, Isaac Baker Menswear, Interim President
George Willis, PE Senior Vice President and Office Manager, Urban Engineers, Vice President
Chuck Scalise, President, H.A.N.D.S,  Board Treasurer
Keith Taylor, PhD, President, Gannon University
represented by Erika Ramalho, Board Secretary
Joseph Sinnott, Esq., Mayor, City of Erie
represented by Christopher Mong

Tim Wachter, Esq., The Knox Law Firm, Solicitor  & Past Board President
Thomas “Tippy” Dworzanski, Owner, Sherlock’s/Park Place
Ray Massing, Executive Director, Erie Parking Authority
Amanda Brown-Sissem, Executive Director, Erie Arts & Culture

Ray Moluski, Vice President General Services, UPMC Hamot Medical Center
Shawnta Pulliam, Executive Director, Nurturing Hearts
Marci Honard, Owner, Calamaris Squid Row
William J. Matrogran, CIC, AIC, AIS, Vice President, Construction Management & Operations, Corporate Services Division, Erie Insurance Group