Our View: Is Erie community college d...

Our View: Is Erie community college dead?

There are 5 comments on the Erie Times News story from Mar 27, 2013, titled Our View: Is Erie community college dead?. In it, Erie Times News reports that:

Instead of a community college, we'll be getting road, sewer and water-line projects.

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Hinckley, OH

#1 Mar 28, 2013
erei is dead

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Apr 1, 2013

Paul DiFuccia is a former General Mills executive and Erie native hired as C-Cubed's chief operating officer in 2004.

By September 2005, a frustrated DiFuccia had resigned that post.

"I took the job because people asked me to give a fresh-eyes view of what was holding Erie back in terms of economic development," DiFuccia said.

"What I found was a high-profile turf war. Very parochial thinking, and people involved put up walls that held the entire process back."

DiFuccia, who has since started Courtyard Wineries in North East with his own money, believes the attitudes and mindset he encountered while with C-Cubed continue to wound Erie.

"There is nothing holding us back but our own methodology," DiFuccia said.

"We have to get some new thinking in town. We have to get some of the old guard out of the way. The world is passing us by."

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 1, 2013

Laura Schaaf, Sinnott's assistant, said the bond request is a testament to the city's financial health.

"We needed to get our financial house in order, so some things were put on a back burner," Schaaf said.

How Erie City Council plans to spend $8.5 million (less bond fees):

- Street paving through 2013,$5.5 million

- A new fire truck,$750,000

- Twenty-six detective cars,$780,000.

- Four public works vehicles,$385,000

- Upgrades to cell-phone tower and radio equipment,$700,000

- McBride Viaduct renovation, replacement or demolition work:$300,000

"We're now at the point where we're healthy," she said.

"Now's the time to set us up for a long-range plan to address some of our capital needs."

Over 15 years,

the total borrowing is expected to cost the city about $34 million in principal payments and fees

Laura Schaaf, Sinnott's assistant, said the bond request is a testament to the city's financial health.

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#4 Apr 1, 2013
Erie really needs a community college. We are living in the 50's. Maybe not, the 50's in Erie were more prosperous than we are now. My husband cannot get any trained employees where he works, a community college would help these people receive the training they need to acquire a good paying job.

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Apr 1, 2013

Bosworth's research for the company he founded, Seattle-based FutureWorks, also cited years of poor civic and government management, specifically the lack of a unified game plan, as a catalyst for the region's economic decline.

"Over the next 10 years, the region is headed for serious economic problems," Bosworth said of Erie at the time.

"Unless the leaders and residents of Erie take dramatic steps to counter current trends, we believe the regional economy will continue to shrink relative to the rest of the nation;

income and opportunity will erode and people,

especially young adults, will leave the region at an accelerating pace."

Following the report's release, change and turnaround were promised.

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