FAQs | Erie Downtown Partnership


I’d like to be part of a Block Party. How do I apply?

Each year applications are made available to businesses within the Erie Downtown Partnership District to host a Block Party.  Applications are posted to our website in late January/early February.  If you are a band, charity or entertainment act, you would need to reach out to potential applicants to be considered as a part of their applications.  The host establishments hire and coordinate all entertainment acts and charitable activities.


There are people loitering outside my place of businesses.  What do I do?

If the loiter appears to be a safety risk or argumentative, you may choose to call the City of Erie Police non-emergency line at (814) 870-1125.  If the situation escalates to an emergency, call 911.


Is the Erie Downtown Partnership the same thing as the Erie Chamber of Commerce?

No.  The Erie Chamber of Commerce, known as the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is an organization dedicated to providing the leadership to attract, retain and expand business in the entire Region.  For more information about ERCGP, please visit www.eriepa.com.

For more information about the Erie Downtown Partnership’s mission and programs, please visit the About page of our website.


The sidewalks in front of my building are in need of repair.  Who is responsible for maintaining them?

Please refer to the City of Erie’s website regarding maintenance of storefronts, sidewalks, parking lots, roadways, etc.  You can also find information related to snow removal and garbage removal here:  www.erie.pa.us


How do I find out the assessed value of my property?  How is this used to determine my payment to the Erie Downtown Partnership?

For information related to the tax assessed value of your property, please contact Erie County.  You may also find these values online at www.eriecountygov.org.  Once you’ve determined your property’s assessed value you can use the calculation worksheet in Important Documents.