Sandberg to lead Erie's community, economic development efforts
Brenda Sandberg, the executive director of the Erie Downtown Partnership and former zoning officer for the city of Erie, will be the city's new director of Community and Economic Development, Mayor Joe Sinnott announced this morning.
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#1 Oct 28, 2011
she was a disaster at the downtown "improvement " district now she's back with her fellow bureaucrats. at least dave deeter wasn't promoted. what a place.
#2 Oct 28, 2011
still, an upgrade over Green.
#3 Oct 28, 2011
Leaving the position empty would have been an upgrade over Green.
#4 Oct 28, 2011
Stay tuned, next week we'll learn Larry Bossolt will be appointed head of Erie Downtown Partnership.
#5 Oct 29, 2011
Not good. She is head cheerleader of the mess being made downtown with the crazy bumpout curbs. This move has caused traffic congestion and made it more difficult for fire trucks to go east from the fire station at 12th and Sass. Most towns are trying to ease congestion. Not in Erie. We are trying to create congestion and are proud of it then promote those responsible.
Since: Mar 11
#6 Oct 29, 2011
I swear; if the Lord God Almighty were elected Mayor of Erie, selected Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Harry Truman as head of DECD, and Abraham Lincoln as head of the Redevelopment Authority, you naysayers would somehow still find fault, focus only on the negative, and find something to complain about.
Who would have to be hired for you to say -'hey, I am glad that person was picked' or 'good for him/her - I hope they take this opportunity to do a good job - let's give him/her a chance'.
I am glad that I don't hang around with y'all - it would be too depressing. These posters remind me of the Debbie Downer skits from Saturday Night Live.
You are entertaining though.
#7 Oct 29, 2011
Brenda Sandberg: She is intelligent,experienced, has strong communication skills, knows the local players/turf, hard worker, has state & national professional planning certifications and most of all, a personality that can build bridges between City Council and the Mayor as well as other partnering agencies. A very good appointment by Mayor Sinnott. Best of luck to you Brenda.
#8 Oct 29, 2011
John Elliott was a great pick and did an outstanding job. Too bad Green and Sinnott wanted to rid the city of everything related to the previous mayor and forced Elliott to look for something else. Elliott's replacement was a friend of the mayor's "brain" Chris Mong. That guy was so bad that Sinnott and Mong ended up firing him.
If you really knew Green and Sandberg and all the shenanigans that they're behind and how they're just lackeys for Sinnott, Chris Mong and the other Tullio era rejects ruining the city, you wouldn't be criticizing people's disgust.
With promotions of failures to key positions, people have a right to be angry and have a right as taxpayers to criticize these types of moves.
Why aren't we doing a national search for someone that has experience doing economic development? Sandberg has none. Downtown lost businesses under her watch.
Now that's depressing.
#9 Oct 29, 2011
cite data. last I checked the occupancy rates were pretty high.
#10 Oct 29, 2011
How about citing your occupancy data since you checked.
Fact is most upper floors are in the DID are still empty and buildings are looking pretty shabby.
Marketplace and its successor - gone
Erie Sports Store - gone
Erie Book Store - for sale
2 brothers pizza - closed
The Jive coffee house - closed
The prime corner Burger King site never reused.
What new businesses in the last 3 years? A crappy bar taking the place of Paper Moon? BFD. Forgot about the expansion of the city mission. More of the region's homeless wandering around downtown. That will do wonders to attract condo buyers.
#11 Oct 29, 2011
Add to this mess the Mercantile Building being GIVEN AWAY for free to a Pittsburgh developer and still empty. Post office moving into PRIME floor level real estate at Mercantile Building - thats a net loss. Griswold Plaza sold to lawyer for %500,000 will be empty.
Metropolitan Dance Club went from best nightclub to best shooting gallery.
Love the new parking lot on State street where a majestic brewery once stood. That was going to be a nice museum, brew pub, retail space, right?
That project failed, leaving behind the vacant lot and costing taxpayers $850,000 in federal and state loans made to Koehler Brewery Square. The loans were never repaid.
Erie Art Museum got millions in free federal and state grant money to grow but I seriously doubt that even ONE MORE NEW ART LOVING PATRON walked in that building this year over last.
EMTA getting $14 million to take over more land at 14th and French and will pay less taxes going forward FOREVER.
PNC taking an $18 million dollar bath at Lovell Place - makes them even less likely to lend going forward but congratulations to Rick Griffith on the steal. No gain just transfer.
Bayfront hogged by Hamot growth that City nor ERA nor Downtown Partnership had anything to do with and means less taxes for city and county.
Good thing Papa Georges and Calamaris are still open, the Mayor can crow about his great downtown.
Why is Erie Glass building still empty after 3 years, come on George Lyons, rent it out already.
First Night Erie stopped 10 years ago, isn't that EXACTLY the kind of event a town renowned for being a great place to raise kids should have? Well, bike nights and drinking along State Street are nice too.
The Downtown Partnership has done nothing substantial at all in past 7 or so years of its existance. The city of Erie watches businesses leave and residents flee - last census shows it down AGAIN - does NOTHING to slow this exodus. The ERA had qualified leadership but thats gone, replaced by pure cronyism at its worst.
This is more of the same, shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. This Mrs. Sandberg was evidently a city ZONING officer. How does that translate or qualify to run the most important post in city govenrment in thes emost trying of times? Are there no serious candidates outside of the city of Erie that apply for these jobs?
I would bet an assistant economic development officer in a larger, more prosperous city would jump to come here and make their bones.$80,000 a year plus benefits? Did a search committee look or was this deal pre-packaged as most of us believe?
Where's the gain? Where's the new thinking? Where's the quantum leap forward?
Quote - Sinnott said Sandberg's experience as a zoning officer and working with downtown businesses in her role at the nonprofit Downtown Partnership made her the right candidate for the position. Huh?
Did she work with Harrisburg to bring new tax dollars here? Does she had one shred of experience working with Congress to get more CDBG money that fuels growth? Did she work with large employers to bring jobs here? Did she entice small businesses to open and expand in downtown? Even one?
Another bad call by Joey Donuts.
So far, its Mayors friends: 2. City of Erie taxpayers: zero.
Stay tuned, who can even guess what's next from the administration.
It's almost November, think they have the 2012 budget done yet with the next tax increase in it? Last tax increase in Erie was a 12% real estate tax hike.
Here's a fun game to play. What job will Joe Sinnott get once he leaves office in either 2 or 6 years? Think he'll get a sweet appointment to the ERA or Downtown Partnership? Or will a local lawyer offer him a plum job as repayment for past benefits for him and his pals? Maybe he'll take over Port Authority or EMTA? Any guesses?
#13 Oct 29, 2011
You got it exactly right, "Sick". Brilliant & well said.
#14 Oct 30, 2011
Very uninformed people on this site. Very sad that those who hear rumors, dream of something or just want to hiss their venom to have a good day and get going. John Elliott was an intelligent engineer that had absolutely no experience in government or the economy....both of which went bad and left the Redevelopment Athority in shambles over 3 years ago. Pick up sticks does not work after this time frame.
#15 Oct 30, 2011
Maybe you should take your own advice.
#16 Oct 30, 2011
"Sick"s comments are right on. I'd like to add that elliott gave away a quarter of downtown to a developer from pittsburgh who dosent pay his bills. Elliott got great press made a mess and jumped ship before it hit the fan. Why has no one called him on this. Why is this arrogant smuck still spending our money? Has he every achived anything, or do we just grade based on good intentions and not results. The paper still get weak in the knees everytime he talks about an inland port. Seriously how did the griswold park townhouses turn out, the merchantile, has he actually done anything in his current position?
#17 Oct 31, 2011
You mentioned Dave Deter....this guy is just not right period. Psycho eyes and a temper to match. He can spend a day writing a long winded letter that cites all kinds of federal crap and answers nothing. Next to Kim Green, of course, the biggest liability in that office. He must be union protected.
#18 Oct 31, 2011
Scott: Your comment was astounding! What's next, I know you are, but what am I???
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