Gannon University Erie County Planning Director’s Lecture on Erie’s Comprehensive Plan

Posted: September 23, 2017

Erie Refocused, the city's first comprehensive plan in 50 years, will be the subject of a lecture by Kathy Wyrosdick, Erie County's director of planning. The lecture, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Room of Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. is free and open to the public.

Wyrosdick's address is the second event of the yearlong Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times series that will explore the theme through film, lectures, panel discussions and theater.

The comprehensive plan that Wyrosdick will discuss emerged after decades of disinvestment and the decline of manufacturing called for an urgent rethinking of city operations and development planning to ensure Erie's future economic and civic health.

Wyrosdick assisted the City of Erie and the city's planning consultant, CZB, LLC, in developing a step-by-step process to begin implementation of the plan. this collaborative effort between the governments of the city and county has been hailed as a model for effective community-drive execution of a comprehensive plan.

Wyrosdick, who received her master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall University, has worked as a community planner for 20 years and specializes in community revitalization and issues with blighted properties.

The Surviving and Thriving series is a successor to last year's multimedia, multidisciplinary Culture and Climate Change series. The centerpiece of this year's series is the appearance on campus of author and activist Jerry McGill whose book, "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me," a memoir of growing up, responding to the challenges of living with a disability and learning to help and inspire others, written in the form of a letter to the stranger who shot him when he was 13 years old.