Senator Sean Wiley and a Pittsburgh based company are now unveiling plans to bring a job training program to Erie.
On Friday, Manchester Bidwell Corporation founder Bill Strickland met with local business leaders in the UPMC Hamot Auditorium, to discuss the impact that the organization would have on Erie.
As of right now, the organization has eight locations set up across the country. According to Strickland, they offer adult career training and art education services for students in the communities that they serve. The programs and training are based on the job market in each community.
According to Strickland, the overall goal of the program is to help reduce poverty.
"The population that's most distressed would be the direct beneficiary," said Strickland. "Unemployed folks would find employment, kids would not be dropping out of school but would remain in school, graduate and have productive lives."
Senator Wiley says the next step is to conduct a feasibility study, which will determine where to open the facility and the overall cost of the project. The study is expected to cost $150,000.