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.
But many local officials admit today that though some improvements have materialized, Erie has yet to embrace the kind of broad transformation Bosworth's report pushed for.
"I would say in general, since the Bosworth report came out, we've played it pretty safe," said Jake Rouch, vice president of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership's Economic Development Division.
Rouch, and others, say a number of factors contributed to the lack of progress on those recommendations. Those include a stagnant economy; inaction; poor local leadership; and political infighting.
"We haven't been nearly as bold as Bosworth wanted us to be,'' Rouch said.
In an interview last week, Bosworth said he was disappointed -- but not surprised -- to hear Erie's progress has not been striking.
"What I remember is, I saw a little too much complacency in Erie.
A lot of fragmentation of energy and effort," Bosworth said.
"I saw too great an acceptance of economic hard times, and not enough willingness to push out and reinvent the region."