John Elliot - Know it All Jerkwad
republican no more

Sharon, PA

#62 Feb 1, 2014
these unelected "oficials' such as john elliot and all the other authority heads are slowly bankrupting the middle class taxpayers of PA. why does the port authority need any of the money from curt sonneys new gas tax? the new rail transfer station will be subsidized by rhe taxpayers forever. 40 jobs? what will these cost the taxpayers per job? if there is a need for this facility let a private company propose it, fund it and build it with their own money, but that would be too much like free enterprise. i am sure whatever company ends up running this facility will be getting every tax break and grants you can think of while we get raped on our property and school taxes.
the corporations

New Kensington, PA

#63 Feb 1, 2014
republican no more wrote:
these unelected "oficials' such as john elliot and all the other authority heads are slowly bankrupting the middle class taxpayers of PA. why does the port authority need any of the money from curt sonneys new gas tax? the new rail transfer station will be subsidized by rhe taxpayers forever. 40 jobs? what will these cost the taxpayers per job? if there is a need for this facility let a private company propose it, fund it and build it with their own money, but that would be too much like free enterprise. i am sure whatever company ends up running this facility will be getting every tax break and grants you can think of while we get raped on our property and school taxes.
Free enterprise? What else would you call it when we can ransom our largess to competing communities? We have simply added blackmail to our business models. We demand all manner of tax breaks and grants and someone else pays. We really don't give a shit who that is as long as we get what we need. We are enriched while you curse your fate. What a great country.
George Jefferson Society

Erie, PA

#66 Feb 3, 2014
They need to put the great Dr. William Garvey on their Board. He will bring forth new youth with vision. He would also be able to place his ballerina dancing friend Fuhrman into one of their high paying jobs. He's fully qualified, and he's got that Elliott vision and all those other senses (he can hear, smell, taste and touch). So make Billy a Board member and get that ballerina on staff at a good 6 figure number, before he dances away.
Inland Grandeur

Erie, PA

#70 Feb 6, 2014
The man has vision, I say the man has vision. Vision to transform. Vision to create jobs. Vision to create new business. Vision to groom himself as a Visionary. All this and more with your tax dollars. His vision is worth every dollar. Vision I say. Vision. We need his vision. Understand this Harborcreek?
hahacreek

Erie, PA

#71 Feb 6, 2014
Inland Grandeur wrote:
The man has vision, I say the man has vision. Vision to transform. Vision to create jobs. Vision to create new business. Vision to groom himself as a Visionary. All this and more with your tax dollars. His vision is worth every dollar. Vision I say. Vision. We need his vision. Understand this Harborcreek?
Harborcreek doesn't understand. People there never leave town and thus, they dont know how the rest of the world works. They think progress is chain restaurants.
anonymous

Spring, TX

#72 Feb 6, 2014
Why does everything in Erie have to have a tax credit? You cannot build a business model all based on a tax credit.
anonymous

Spring, TX

#73 Feb 6, 2014
Look at all the tax credits given to the biodiesel plant. Where are all the jobs the 278 jobs promised to Erie politicians in exchange for the grants.
Inland Grandeur

Erie, PA

#74 Feb 6, 2014
hahacreek wrote:
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Harborcreek doesn't understand. People there never leave town and thus, they dont know how the rest of the world works. They think progress is chain restaurants.
That's right. His vision might just pave the way for a chain restaurant when the inland port fails. Vision that hahacreek.
the corporations

Erie, PA

#75 Feb 6, 2014
anonymous wrote:
Why does everything in Erie have to have a tax credit? You cannot build a business model all based on a tax credit.
We have pitted communities against each other in a zero sum game where we are the only winners. 5 and 10 year tax exemptions are only the beginning. Soon we will demand tax relief in perpetuity. We won't build a lemonade stand without a subsidy. We have you underfoot right where we want you. Useful idiots all.
Amos

Erie, PA

#76 Feb 6, 2014
the corporations wrote:
<quoted text> We have pitted communities against each other in a zero sum game where we are the only winners. 5 and 10 year tax exemptions are only the beginning. Soon we will demand tax relief in perpetuity. We won't build a lemonade stand without a subsidy. We have you underfoot right where we want you. Useful idiots all.
As Mr. Inland Grandeur say, dat man got da vision. Hope for subsidized lemonaid stands yet.
Amos

Erie, PA

#77 Feb 6, 2014
Ands we gots da get a bow-tie factorie here ats da inland site in Harbacreek.
oh boy

Erie, PA

#78 Jul 6, 2014
Elliott's quote in today's paper relative to his leadership skills:
"I think people are unaccustomed to people who have a clear idea and an intent to implement on those ideas," Elliott said. "People will sometimes confuse clear ideas, and confidence, with being aggressive, or egotistic, or heavy-handed.
"But I think there needs to be more leadership that needs to be clear-eyed and clear-minded about the opportunities out there -- more people who pursue them assertively, and with confidence," he said. "I do consider myself that kind of person."

WOW, this guy just doesn't get it. He doesn't understand the difference between management and leadership. While managers focus on the task, leaders focus on the person.
True leaders are able to accomplish their goals by inspiring others to follow their vision willingly and without coercion. You can't do this by shoving your ideas down somebody's throat.
Elliott lacks leadership skills.....unfortunately he's too arrogant to realize this.
the locals

Erie, PA

#79 Jul 6, 2014
oh boy wrote:
Elliott's quote in today's paper relative to his leadership skills:
"I think people are unaccustomed to people who have a clear idea and an intent to implement on those ideas," Elliott said. "People will sometimes confuse clear ideas, and confidence, with being aggressive, or egotistic, or heavy-handed.
"But I think there needs to be more leadership that needs to be clear-eyed and clear-minded about the opportunities out there -- more people who pursue them assertively, and with confidence," he said. "I do consider myself that kind of person."
WOW, this guy just doesn't get it. He doesn't understand the difference between management and leadership. While managers focus on the task, leaders focus on the person.
True leaders are able to accomplish their goals by inspiring others to follow their vision willingly and without coercion. You can't do this by shoving your ideas down somebody's throat.
Elliott lacks leadership skills.....unfortunately he's too arrogant to realize this.
We don't give a shit about leadership or any other crap like that. We don't give a shit how many jobs are about to be created. Whatever you are proposing we will proclaim not in my back yard. We hate anything new. We are crabby old white people and we like it that way.
truth

Erie, PA

#80 Jul 6, 2014
harborcreek is a dump
bystander

Erie, PA

#81 Jul 8, 2014
hahacreek wrote:
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Harborcreek doesn't understand. People there never leave town and thus, they dont know how the rest of the world works. They think progress is chain restaurants.
That is funny. I'll have to remember that comment. It's sad, but it's sort of true. Look at us as a greater community. In the last 44 years the U.S. has grown in population about 51%. Erie county has added right around .3%. That's right. Point 3%. In 1970 for every $100,000 in salaries Erie county residents made, the U.S. was making about $100,060. That's right.$60 more then us. Today for that same $100,000 the U.S. is making $125,000.$25,000 more then we are. Now take that $100,000 and bring it up to $100 million. That would mean the rest of the country is making $25 million more then us. When you look at metro areas in the country that have increased their population as much as or more then the average, they make between $32 and $43 million more then us. That's not including New York, Chicago, and Boston. They skew the numbers.
god complex

Ardsley, NY

#82 Jul 8, 2014
bystander wrote:
<quoted text> That is funny. I'll have to remember that comment. It's sad, but it's sort of true. Look at us as a greater community. In the last 44 years the U.S. has grown in population about 51%. Erie county has added right around .3%. That's right. Point 3%. In 1970 for every $100,000 in salaries Erie county residents made, the U.S. was making about $100,060. That's right.$60 more then us. Today for that same $100,000 the U.S. is making $125,000.$25,000 more then we are. Now take that $100,000 and bring it up to $100 million. That would mean the rest of the country is making $25 million more then us. When you look at metro areas in the country that have increased their population as much as or more then the average, they make between $32 and $43 million more then us. That's not including New York, Chicago, and Boston. They skew the numbers.
Elliott is paid $125,000 more than the average household. And what are the results?
Revrend Ike

Erie, PA

#83 Jul 8, 2014
He is the son of a Baptist Preacher. So maybe there was some fire and brimstone genetically based on to Johnny. I just cannot get over the egotistical comments he has made to the community. Basically its my way or the highway, I am the leader, get out of my way.

And the burning question still lingers, where did the money come from to purchase the now useless, unsalable land in Harborcreek.

His Board must really be snowed by him, or they are on the crack pipe.
HC Taxpayer

Erie, PA

#84 Jul 8, 2014
Mr. Elliot must not have anticipated that residents in HC were capable of presenting articulate arguments based on logical thought. He must be getting cognitively sloppy after all the ease with which he sold the failed economic development projects in the city. Taxpayers are seeing the promise of jobs for what it is, hollow rhetoric or white collar welfare. There's a simple test, How much skin do they have in the game?
anonymous

Spring, TX

#85 Jul 11, 2014
Sat in a meeting with Elliot and bankers. We had to explain the difference between debt vs. equity. Not one banker in that room felt confident with his abilities and was willing to finance anything in Erie. A bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Dave Crosby

Erie, PA

#86 Jul 12, 2014
I love his bald head, bow ties and ability to put non-profit agencies on the verge of bankruptcy. The boy is a real thinker, and quite the imagination. Also a great communicator with local government officials

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