Merski: America250PA committee hears testimony on local projects proposed for nation’s Semiquincentennial

ERIE, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Bob Merski joined fellow members of the America250PA Infrastructure Improvements and Projects Committee today in Erie to hear testimony about proposed “legacy” projects planned to celebrate the nation’s upcoming Semiquincentennial.

“With America’s 250th birthday just a few years away, Pennsylvania and other states are planning unique celebrations, and our own America250PA Commission is working to highlight the commonwealth’s key role in our nation’s founding,” Merski said. “An important part of that effort involves ‘legacy’ projects – infrastructure improvements and other additions to the landscape that will enhance our public spaces, foster civic pride and help us welcome regional, national and international tourists.

“I’m honored to sit on the committee, and I was inspired by testimony we heard today about proposed projects here at home and in surrounding regions, from interpreting the history of Three Forts Presque Isle, to bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to the Erie Zoo, to projects that highlight the rich historical culture that Grove City has to offer in our area. I’m looking forward to continuing our work, together with my colleagues Senator Dan Laughlin, Representatives Parke Wentling and Jared Solomon, and other committee members.”

The bipartisan, bicameral America250PA Infrastructure Improvements & Projects Committee is comprised of 24 lawmakers who will review and approve legacy projects for each of Pennsylvania’s regions. Today’s testimony involved proposed projects in Region One, which consists of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Warren, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, McKean, Clearfield and Cameron counties.

The IIPC is part of the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (America250PA). More about the commission is available here: