GoErie: Downtown Erie Innovation District hopes to be game-changer

The plan for Erie’s innovation district calls for a focus on cyber security and safety in the new economy, working to establish security needed for what’s often referred to as the Internet of Things.

Karl Sanchack, installed four months ago as CEO of the Downtown Erie Innovation District, hopes the public will be patient. Developing a job-creating innovation district focused on security, intelligence and safety could take time, he said.

But he wants to be clear about one thing: He’s thinking big.

“Really, I am swinging for the big outcome, the game-changing, economy-changing result,” he said.

In short, he hopes to create jobs, and lots of them.

“There are lots of (smaller) ways to improve the city that are important, through beautification, through small infrastructure improvements,” he said.

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