Erie Homecoming 2019

Erie Homecoming 2019 is a two-day event designed to showcase high-potential investment opportunities to both a network of individuals with ties to the region and to individuals and organizations entering the Erie investment market for the first time.

The event — held at various locations across Erie's eight opportunity zones — will engage you in thought-provoking presentations on Erie's unprecedented market momentum, and will take you on-site to some of the most exciting investment opportunities in the market, including real estate development projects and investment-grade start up and operating businesses.

As an exciting twist to the event, national "do-tank" Accelerator for America will lead interactive and dynamic discussions with attendees on the various investment-ready projects, and will conduct workshops to help you best understand the various economic development tools and market incentives available to make smart and economically sound investments in Erie.

In addition, KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the world, has partnered with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership for this event. KPMG is considered to be one of the foremost experts on structuring opportunity zone and social impact investments and will provide attendees with information on how to best structure investment deals in the Erie market.

Accelerator For America KPMG

Who should attend?

  • Former Erie residents looking to reinvest in their hometown, and realize a triple bottom line return — a return on profit, people and place
  • Developers and investors from across the globe
  • Anyone looking for unique, high-potential opportunity zone investments

What you'll learn.

  • The market and environmental conditions that have led to this point, making Erie an ideal investment opportunity
  • Learn about Flagship Opportunity Zones and what they mean in terms of tax and other investment incentives
  • See first hand some of the investment projects currently happening — with dozens more on the horizon

Why invest in Erie?

Erie is in the midst of an unprecedented era of growth and investment — one that includes more than $750 million in capital investment from the private, philanthropic, and public sectors. Erie is also home to more than 23,000 university students, commercial and residential property ready for redevelopment, and 470 acres of bayfront property — 176 acres of which is prime for development.
Aug 19 - 20

Event Schedule

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.
Day 1 – Our Story
Monday, Aug 19
Bayfront Convention Center
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Registration + Breakfast
A continental breakfast will be provided.
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Erie Arts & Culture Performance | Conference Introduction
James Grunke
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Welcome and Special Presentation
Mayor Joe Schember
9:05 AM – 9:10 AM
Patriotic Presentation
God Bless America
9:10 AM – 9:30 AM
Morning Keynote
John Lettieri, President and CEO, Economic Innovation Group
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Keynote
Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity & Revitilization Council
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 10:25 AM
Why I Am Investing in Erie
Tom Hagen
10:25 AM – 10:30 AM
Video | Part 1
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Why Erie Insurance Is Investing in Erie
Tim NeCastro
10:40 AM – 10:50 AM
Why the Erie Community Foundation is Investing in Erie
Mike Batchelor
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Why the Commonwealth Is Investing in Erie
Secretary Dennis Davin, PA DCED
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Video | Part 2
11:10 AM – 11:45 AM
Presentation from Community Leaders
Institutional Capacity and Market Differentiators
11:45 AM – 11:50 AM
Video | Part 3
11:50 AM – 12:15 PM
Flagship Opportunity Zone Project Portfolio Presentation
Chris Marsh and James Martin
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch - Buses to project sites
Walk to and lunch at Harbor Place
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Site Tours
Tour investment project sites and neighborhoods.
(Our West Bayfront/BEST, EID, I-Hack, EDDC, GAF, Bicentennial Tower for photo)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cocktail Hour - Bayfront Convention Center
Hosted by Erie Downtown Development Corporation.
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted by Erie Downtown Development Corporation.
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Secretary Ben Carson of Housing and Urban Development
Day 2 – Next Steps
Tuesday, Aug 20
Sheraton Bayfront
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast - Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel Ballroom
Breakfast hosted by Erie Innovation District.
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper
8:35 AM – 8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Senator Bob Casey
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Erie Innovation District Pitches
Karl Sanchack
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Best Practices Across Nation (PANEL)
Bruce Katz
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Inclusive and Equitable Growth Strategies Across America
Rick Jacobs and Shamina Singh
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Catalyzing Venture Investment in the Heartland
Max Brickman
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Structuring Investment for Social Impact
Lisa Woods
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Erie's Future Speakers
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Project Breakout Sessions (Optional)

Our Speakers

Joe  Schember
Joe Schember
Mayor, City of Erie
Tim  Necastro
Tim Necastro
President and CEO, Erie Insurance
Dennis  Davin
Dennis Davin
Secretary, Department of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Bruce  Katz
Bruce Katz
Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and Author of The New Localism
Rick  Jacobs
Rick Jacobs
CEO, Accelerator for America
Lisa  Woods
Lisa Woods
Managing Director, KPMG US
Tom  Hagen
Tom Hagen
Chairman, Erie Insurance
Secretary Benjamin  Carson
Secretary Benjamin Carson
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mike  Batchelor
Mike Batchelor
President, Erie Community Foundation
Kathy  Dahlkemper
Kathy Dahlkemper
County Executive of Erie County
Max  Brickman
Max Brickman
Manager Director, Heartland Ventures
John  Lettieri
John Lettieri
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Economic Innovation Group
Shamina  Singh
Shamina Singh
President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Bob  Casey
Bob Casey
United States Senator

Stay With Us

There are two hotels located adjacent to the Bayfront Convention Center: Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and Courtyard Erie Bayfront — all located on Erie’s new Bayfront Landing. Booking information and reservations for both hotels can be made through the individual hotel or by visiting www.bayfrontlanding.com.

The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites Erie is approximately a 3-minute drive (17-minute walk) to the Bayfront Convention Center. Reservations can be made through the hotel or by visiting www.staycobblestone.com/pa/erie.

Sheraton Erie Bayfront

Sheraton Erie Bayfront

55 West Bay Drive
Erie, PA, 16507
(814) 454-2005
Courtyard Erie Bayfront

Courtyard Erie Bayfront

2 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA, 16507
(814) 636-1005
Cobblestone Hotel & Suite

Cobblestone Hotel & Suite

701 W. Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA, 16507
(814) 455-1010
Spencer House Bed & Breakfast

Spencer House Bed & Breakfast

519 West 6th Street
Erie, PA, 16507
(814) 464-0419

Reserve Your Spot

The cost for attendance includes two days of activities, transportation to all site visits, and conference meals.

For more information, contact Brett Wiler, VP of Capital Formation, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership at bwiler@eriepa.com or (814) 454-07191 ext. 137.

Now through July 31
Aug. 1 through Aug. 12
Dinner Only
Aug. 1 through Aug. 12