ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 16, 2017) — The Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network (SSJNN) today announced the receipt of investments to total $1,560,000 from Erie corporations toward SSJNN neighborhood revitalization initiatives in Erie.
Through the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, five corporate partners have pledged investments over the next six years, including: Highmark Health, Marquette Savings Bank, Northwest Bank, Erie Insurance, and PNC Bank.
"This investment represents our commitment to the people in the neighborhoods designated in this program," said Highmark Health President and CEO David Holmberg. "This revitalization initiative has the potential to change lives and futures for these communities, and we are proud to lead the way in this effort."
Holmberg noted that by improving the neighborhoods and working to advance the lives of its residents, the project will have a lasting impact on the community at large as well.
The SSJNN, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to providing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration with the communities it serves to develop opportunities for personal growth and neighborhood revitalization.
Through the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Revitalization Project, the SSJNN will implement a number of project activities related to the following revitalization objectives: neighborhood beautification; community engagement; crime reduction and increased feeling of safety; education and empowerment; job training and economic development and community connectedness and meeting the needs of neighbors.
"The SSJ Neighborhood Network is overwhelmed with gratitude to these local companies who are investing so tangibly in the Erie community, as well as to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, who makes this tax credit program possible," said Heather Caspar, executive director. "In addition to helping us meet the daily needs of individuals, the revitalization goals we can accomplish with these funds will make a lasting, visual impact, creating opportunity for neighbors and neighborhoods right across the heart of Erie. We are excited to partner with so many to accomplish these revitalization goals."
In the neighborhoods from 14th to 26th streets, stretching west to east from Cranberry Street to East Avenue, project activities will include:
Over a period of six years, Historic Little Italy, which runs from West 14th to 18th streets and from Liberty to Sassafras Street, will see the following changes:
For more information on the SSJNN's volunteer and donor opportunities, please call 814-454-7814 or visit the SSJNN website.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 35,000 people nationwide and serves 50 million Americans in all 50 states, is the third largest integrated health care delivery and financing system in the nation. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to 5.2 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care, and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, Davis Vision, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, a community-based network of physician organizations, and a group purchasing organization, ambulatory surgery centers, and health, and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge, and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit www.highmarkhealth.org.