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Senate Passes Legislation To Help Spur Development In Erie

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Legislation that would help spark development along Erie's bayfront, by providing developers with tax breaks, is one step closer to reality.

Tuesday night, the state Senate passed legislation that would improve the City Revitalization Improvement Zone, better known as the CRIZ program.

CRIZ would mean big tax breaks for developments, planned along Erie's bayfront.

Erie applied for the designation recently, but got turned down by state officials, as they chose 2 other cities.

But, under this new bill, the CRIZ program would be expanded from those two cities, to at least 4 other cities across Pennsylvania. The bill would also move up the date for the cities to be able to apply to next year, rather than in 2016.

Senator Sean Wiley (D.- Erie) voted in favor of the bill, “The CRIZ is an economic game-changer for Erie. It was imperative that my colleagues and I work together to ensure this language was inserted into this bill,” said Wiley. “Last night's passage of HB 1177 in the Senate is an important first step. While this legislation still has to be approved by members of the House, I am cautiously optimistic that we will have a bill for the Governor to sign in the near future,” Wiley added.

The bill still has to pass the House. If it does, Erie could apply for a CRIZ designation prior to 2016.
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