Bizzarro announces $3.3M in tax credits for local projects

Funding awarded for more than 25 projects in Erie County

ERIE, Nov. 21 – Erie communities will benefit from more than $3.3 million in tax credits to revitalize neighborhoods, increase access to education, improve job training, and enhance health care facilities and services, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said. The state announced the approval of 26 projects across Erie County totaling $3,362,042 in tax credits.

“This funding helps deliver life-changing services,” Bizzarro said.

The projects approved include $17,875 in tax credits for the Erie Cancer Wellness Center, located in Millcreek Township in Bizzarro’s legislative district.

“The Erie Cancer Wellness Center is just one of dozens of important organizations to benefit from the Neighborhood Assistance Program,” Bizzarro said. “When a family receives the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis, the Cancer Wellness Center steps in to provide the services and programs those living with cancer and their loved ones need. These services can be incredibly beneficial, and they are provided free of charge.”   

Other tax credits announced for Erie County include:

  • $642,400 Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA
  • $500,000 Renovation of Renaissance Centre, Erie
  • $280,000 Bayfront East Side Taskforce
  • $273,750 Minority Community Investment Coalition
  • $220,000 Gannon University (West Bayfront neighborhood improvement)
  • $206,250 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center
  • $174,572 Two Penny Group, PSNERGY
  • $160,000 SSJ Neighborhood Network (vacant lot maintenance)
  • $136,000 Erie Center for Arts & Technology
  • $101,625 Mercy Center For Women
  • $79,500 Crime Victim Center of Erie County
  • $75,000 Erie Downtown Partnership
  • $71,500 Sarah A. Reed Children's Center
  • $68,750 Erie Neighborhood Growth Partnership
  • $63,750 Erie Dawn
  • $52,500 St. Martin Center
  • $41,250 SSJ Neighborhood Network (revitalization projects)
  • $37,500 Climate Changers
  • $35,750 Erie Playhouse
  • $27,500 Erie United Methodist Alliance
  • $27,500 Gannon University (Planting for Our Future Environmental Complex)
  • $23,650 expERIEnce Children's Museum
  • $18,945 United Way of Erie County
  • $17,875 Erie Cancer Wellness Center
  • $15,000 Our West Bayfront
  • $11,475 Julia Hospice and Palliative Care

The Department of Community and Economic Development approved the projects through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which consists of five main components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), Charitable Food Program (CFP), and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP).

The state approved $36 million in tax credits through NAP this week, and the details of the projects approved in the northwest region can be found here.

Today’s announcement continues Bizzarro’s efforts to allocate state money to properly fund Erie schools, workforce development, nonprofits, first responders, public works, utilities and local businesses in his district and Erie County. So far this year, Bizzarro has helped secure more than $55.2 million for Erie County projects, including $27,933,329.20 in grants and $23,907,584 in low-interest loans for Erie water upgrades that include lead pipe remediation projects.