About Us

Meet Our Staff

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Emily Fetcko

Acting CEO

Emily has 20 years of community and economic development experience and works across the community to marry opportunity with resources writing grants that have contributed $1.6 million toward downtown revitalization in Erie.  She has led downtown public art projects that included collaborations with refugees, English as a Second Language students, minority artists, and educators.  She represents the region as a board member of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

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Dave Tamulonis

Events and Marketing Manager

A recent transplant to Erie, Dave’s diverse background in community development includes experience as a community organizer, rental property manager, concert promoter, and muralist. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 2016 with a BS in Marketing and a BFA in Graphic Design. Dave is an avid cyclist, musician, and photographer.

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John Yost

Operations Manager, StreetPlus  jyost@streetplus.net

John Yost has been with the Partnership since 2018, working as the Maintenance Supervisor before transitioning to management of the StreetPlus Safety +  Hospitality Ambassador Team. 

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Kelly Hilling


Kelly has served as the accountant for the Downtown Partnership for over 10 years! In 2021, Kelly moved to part-time in order to focus on her family business, Hilling-Pfeffer Insurance (right around the corner!), and spend time with her beautiful grandchildren. 

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Kat Innes

Events & Marketing Intern

Kat is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University and a resident of Erie. She works at Downtown's Local Eat and Pour Restaurant as a server and is also an intern with Gone Local. 

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Gigi Zacherl

Events & Marketing Intern

Gigi is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University and will be attending Gannon University in the Fall to begin her Masters. She has previously interned with Widget Financial. 

Board of Directors


George Willis, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board - Retired, Urban Engineers

William Matrogran, Chairman of the Board - VP, Corporate Services Division, Erie Insurance

Christopher Friday, Vice President - Executive Director, Erie Parking Authority

Michelle Griffith-Aresco, Treasurer - President, Rick Griffith Properties

Dr. Keith Taylor, Secretary - President, Gannon University (Erika Ramalho, Representative)

Mayor Joe Schember - Mayor, City of Erie

David Sherman - Owner, Isaac Baker Menswear

Jaimee Black - VP of Operations, UPMC Hamot Health Foundation

Shawnta Pulliam - Executive Director, Nurturing Hearts (Constance Ratcliff, Representative)

COUNSEL TO EDP - Attny Tim Wachter

Lawyer, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett

Annual Report 2021

Click on the image below to download a copy of our most recent Annual Impact Report:

Financial Audit


Click here to view our most recently completed financial audit.

Click here to view our most recent Form 990.

Mission and History


The Erie Downtown Partnership works to improve the quality of life and create a better Downtown experience for businesses, residents, and guests through advocacy, marketing, and placemaking. The Partnership, now in its 18th year, is committed to making Downtown Erie a safe, fun, and welcoming place for all.

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.