Erie County government’s 2017 year in review
In 2017, Erie County government:
- Opened the Idea Lab. The innovative maker space was part of Phase 1 renovations to Blasco Memorial Library.
- Saved money. Increased oversight, efficiencies and wellness savings paid off for county taxpayers.
- Opened the books. A new, easy-to-use platform, available on the county website, allows residents to track the county’s finances.
- Protected waterways. The Department of Public Safety, working with federal and state agencies, outfitted and deployed trailers around the county, ready to quickly respond to hazardous materials spills.
- Enhanced safety. New body cameras at the Erie County Prison are designed to better protect both inmates and corrections officers.
- Preserved our past. The county adopted a Cultural Heritage Plan, which will help prioritize and protect our unique assets.
- Improved access. A new space for the Department of Veterans Affairs will allow for better service to our county’s veterans.
- Battled opioids. Erie County tackled the epidemic from both the treatment and prevention angles.
- Promoted wellness. The Department of Health’s Click Start Your Heart program offers incentives to get active.
- Sponsored a community college. Erie County’s proposal remains before the state Board of Education for review and possible adoption.
- Declared we’re Up For the Job. Erie County and community partners joined in an initiative aimed at attracting new businesses to the area.
- Kept Erie County Beautiful. The national affiliation is boosting local efforts to preserve our natural environment.
And there’s so much more:
- Erie County made progress on implementing the Next Generation Public Safety Radio System, installing new dispatch consoles and subscriber units.
- Erie County distributed more than $187,000 to six local organizations through the Greenways grant program, which boosts recreational and natural resources for public enjoyment.
- Erie County’s accounting team once again was honored with an award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
- A pollinator garden at the Erie County Department of Health was honored with an award from the National Association of Counties.
- Another Health Department program, about HIV-STD rates, also received an award from the National Association of Counties.
- The Local Music Project at the Erie County Public Library also received an award from the National Association of Counties. The Office of Drug & Alcohol’s pill bottle timer program also was awarded.
- Assistant Public Defender Nicole Sloane was awarded the prestigious Gideon Award from the Public Defenders Association of Pennsylvania.
- Erie County sponsored a community memorial service on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs delivered photos of Erie County veterans to the Wall of Faces in Washington, D.C., ensuring that all county veterans lost in Vietnam received recognition.
- The Department of Health officially launched its Baby & Me – Tobacco Free program, offering incentives to help expectant mothers quit smoking.
- The Courthouse Café opened in the Erie County Courthouse, offering healthier dining options for employees and visitors alike.
- The Erie County Public Library’s Edinboro Branch and Bookmobile were designated as Literary Landmarks by the American Library Association.
- The Erie County Department of Planning continued to serve as a resource for municipalities, including assisting with the City of Erie’s Erie Refocused comprehensive plan.
- Erie County employees, for the second year in a row, purchased gifts for children under the county’s care, helping to make the holidays brighter for more than 400 young people.
- County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper’s fourth annual Bike Around the County explored the southeastern part of Erie County, including a stop in Elgin Borough.